The Governor’s Executive order has ended the school year physically in our buildings. However, the work is not done and, despite the challenges we are all facing, we continue to come together as a school community to support our students.
I am proud to see the outstanding and creative ways our teachers and administrators are supporting students to ensure that learning will continue during the current COVID-19 shutdown and the Executive Order #2020-35 from the Governor. I am also proud to share that we are distributing more than 60,000 meals per week. Thank you to our incredible food services staff and PTA volunteers who are supporting their efforts. In addition, we have distributed approximately 4,000 chrome books to families and we plan for a third distribution in the next few weeks once it has been determined safe to start that process under the current Governor’s order.
It is important for everyone to know that the Dearborn Public Schools is open for business and ready to serve the public. The following numbers and emails are available to contact the District:
- General information: 313-827-3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social emotional hotline – 313-827-8500 or email@example.com
- Tech support – 313-827-8400
- Human Resources & Student Services – 313-827-3068
- Special Education – 313-827-7050
Part of the Governor’s order mandates that all school districts in the state create a Continuity of Learning Plan. Basically this is a plan that explains how districts will continue to provide all students with meaningful distance learning from now until the end of the school year. The plan must be submitted by April 28 and is required in order for school districts to continue to receive state funding. As the Governor was making the announcement on April 2, our administrative team began working on an outline of how this plan would look in Dearborn. Then, over Spring Break, staff members came together and worked tirelessly on the details that will ensure learning continues for our students via online, distance or other methods. We have held and/or will hold many meetings to analyze the order and acquire stakeholder input. We plan to submit our plan to Wayne County RESA by the middle to the end of next week. Once the plan has been approved the district will share the overall Continuity of Learning Plan with our community.
The Governor’s official April 2nd Executive Order #2020-35 is a seventeen page document containing many details, legal language, and covers several different areas. I thought it may be helpful to share with our staff and community the information below that highlights key points in the order.
On behalf of our Board of Education and District Administration, I am wishing everyone all the best for safe and healthy days ahead as we continue to work through the current international crisis. I also want to wish those who observe Good Friday and Celebrate Easter (along with any other holiday that you may observe) all the best for a great holiday weekend. For those who do not, I just hope that you have a relaxing long weekend and a good end to this very unique spring break with your family.
Please remember to Stay Safe, Stay Home, and protect your loved ones during this most difficult time.
Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D
Dearborn Public Schools