Category: 2020-2021


City hosting TikTok “Mask Up” contest; winners to receive $100 Amazon gift card

Deadline for entry is Dec. 18

DEARBORN, Mich. – The City of Dearborn invites residents to help get the word out about the importance of wearing masks through its TikTok video contest, with the potential to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Those interested in participating in the contest should create a fun, inspiring video on TikTok supporting the City’s #MaskUpDearborn campaign. Through the contest, individuals can use their creativity to help motivate the community to wear masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The contest is a great way to be creative and have fun while also encouraging vital public health and safety guidelines in your community.

To enter the contest, individuals should follow @dearborncitygov and post a video with the hashtag #MaskUpDearborn by 12 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 18.

Guidelines for entering the contest are as follows:

  • Enter a video of your creation through the TikTok app and copy the link to this Shortstack: https://m.shortstack.page/HrfRSd, which will be the website the City of Dearborn is using to run this contest.
  • Vote for your favorite video on Shortstack! The top three videos will be voted on by other TikTok users!
  • Your video MUST include the hashtag #MaskUpDearborn and you must tag us at @dearborncitygov.
  • Your video must be focused on the importance of wearing masks to save lives.
  • You can submit up to five videos per person, per account via TikTok.
  • You can vote for your favorite video on Shortstack up to three times per day.
  • Submit your video beginning November 25 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and ending December 18 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time.

Videos should be between 15-60 seconds long and should not contain explicit music or inappropriate language, clothing, or gestures.

 Three individuals with the most votes will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card from the City.

Complete rules and guidelines for the contest can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y3rzzh7u.

Clarification on email about signing up for VLP

Article from Friday’s First Bell:

Happy Friday, 

Before we start enjoying another great fall weekend in Michigan, we thought it would be best to provide everyone with a bit of clarification on a recent email and text message that was sent to parents who are not part of the Virtual Learning Program (VLP). (Okay, to be totally transparent, there were a few parents who are enrolled in the VLP who also received the email and text by mistake. Sorry for the confusion.  Please ignore the commitment form; there is no need to enroll again.) 

The message that was sent out the other day provided a link and asked parents to complete a form by October 30th if they did not want their child attending in-person instruction and would prefer to be a part of the Virtual Learning Program for the remainder of the school year. We received several phone calls from parents who expressed that it would be difficult for them to make a decision regarding in-person or totally virtual learning without knowing what plan would be in place for in-person instruction. That is a fair concern, and we are sorry the message was not clear.  

Sending out the form was a way to help us in determining if there were additional parents who now, after several weeks of on-line learning, wanted to maintain this form of instruction for their child once the district returned to some type of in-person learning.  Knowing the number of students who want to be a part of the VLP will provide valuable information for staffing, scheduling, and classroom numbers for students who will be taking part in face to face learning.  

In August, several hundred parents signed their children up for the Virtual Learning Program without knowing the exact details of how the district would restart the school year either fullly in-person, blended (both on-line and in person), or 100% remote.  They made this decision because they knew given two choices of totally at home or some type of in-school learning, they did not want their child in a school.  

Based on numerous communications that we have received since the start of school, we know that there are additional parents who, no matter what plan is brought forward for in-person instruction, do not want to send their children back to a school building.

We want to assure our parents that sending out this message was not done to make anyone feel pressured into making a decision. It is important to note, any parent who opts in to the Virtual Learning Program at this time would not move to the program until the District made the move to some form of in-person instruction. In short, completing the form now does not mean that your child will move into the VLP tomorrow.  

We all know that the ultimate goal is to safely return students and staff to the classroom.  At the same time, we all know that this is not going to be an easy process. We simply cannot turn a switch and have everyone show up at school. Dozens of people have been spending many hours working through all of the details that are part of any plan to bring students back.  There is no one solution that is going to please everyone, but there are solutions that will provide students with instruction in a safe learning environment. The plan that is ultimately decided upon by our Board of Education will most likely look different than other districts but, at the same time, will have many similarities to other districts when it comes to health and safety.  This is because each district has its own unique challenges, but all schools have the same goal to provide students with the best possible educational experience.  

The Board of Education has scheduled a public meeting for Monday, October 26th at 7 p.m at the Administrative Service Center, 18700, Audette. State legislation passed just days before the start of the school year requires the Board of Education to approve a plan for learning every thirty days. The October 26th meeting will be an opportunity for the Board to review a plan that will provide a safe start back to school.  The Board may choose to vote on a plan for the weeks ahead or they may decide that current health conditions in the state, county and city would prevent a safe start and therefore wait until November.  No matter what occurs on the 26th, any plan that is approved will need to address all areas including transportation, food service, cleaning, and all of the logistical concerns of operating a 21,000 student school district.  At the top of the list of any safe start back to school plan will be the safety of our staff and students.  

Have a wonderful weekend! 

District suspends in-school learning labs for now

Article from the First Bell:

The district Learning Lab Committee, school nurses, and administrators met Tuesday and decided that in-person learning labs will be inactive as of Wednesday, Oct. 21 for an indefinite time frame.  This comes after concerning news from the Wayne County Health Department. Virtual learning labs will continue, and teachers can voluntarily continue to offer in-school learning labs for those students who wish to take part. 

Wayne County Health Department reported the seven-day average positivity rate has climbed to 4.6 percent as of Tuesday, Oct. 20 and may be headed even higher. (The report excludes Detroit.) In addition, the COVID-19 infection rate within Dearborn is also increasing. Over the last week, the district has also seen an increase in the number of staff and students who were exposed to COVID-19 in the community, not in our schools.    

The decision to make in-school learning labs inactive (except for those who volunteer to come in) was made to maintain a safe school environment and to continue to keep our schools from becoming a source of COVID-19 spread. 

There have been no outbreaks in the Dearborn Public Schools since September 25.  In total since August 1, only three of 29 reported student and staff cases can be tied to spread within the schools.  All other cases involving students or staff on school grounds, the person apparently contracted the virus outside of the school environment.  In addition, a recent report on athletic participation from Dearborn High and Fordson shows  there were a total of 694 student athletes taking part in more than 2,690 hours of contact since August and only 14 cases of COVID-19, all but one coming from outside the school. 

For now, the district will continue with high school PSAT tests scheduled for next Tuesday (Oct. 27) and Thursday (Oct. 29).  Ninth through 11th graders voluntarily signed up to take those tests to evaluate their learning, get targeted assistance through Khan Academy, and as practice for eventually taking the SAT college entrance exam.

The Dearborn Public Schools has set up a special COVID-19 web-page. Please visit 

Click here for the Dearborn Schools COVID dashboard

Click here for the Wayne County infection and positivity rates

Click here for Wayne County COVID-19 weekly report for schools

Dearborn Board of Education extends online learning into November

Here is an article from the First Bell newsletter summarizing the Board of Education’s decision at their meeting this past Monday:

Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday night (Oct. 12) to extend online learning into November, but set another meeting for Oct 26 to reevaluate conditions.

The approved motion also called for continuing and expanding in-school learning labs where, under current conditions, up to three students at a time come in and meet with teachers.  If local COVID conditions stay favorable, those groups will expand up to six students. Learning labs for some special education students started last month and then expanded to every school last week.

Trustees voted 6-1 in favor of the measure.  Only Trustee Jim Thorpe dissented, expressing that the district was ready to slowly start bringing students back.  Since the September meeting, the average COVID test positivity rate for outer Wayne County has fallen below 5 percent and the average daily cases in Dearborn have declined significantly. 

District administration had recommended starting to bring elementary students back in a split model where half of students would be at school at one time.  Three options were presented for student attendance including every other day, half days every day, or a shortened day every other day. In each case, students not at school would have done asynchronous work at home. More information about each option is available in the presentation to the board.

The plan included options for starting with preschool through third grade or preschool through fifth grade.  Siblings at the same school would attend at the same time.

In all three options, elementary students would have stayed mostly in their classrooms with any special teachers like art or music coming to them.  Desks and other touch points would have needed to be sanitized every four hours, or between groups of students.

Maysam Alie-Bazzi, Executive Director of Staff and Student Services and a co-chair of the district’s reopen committee, made the presentation.  She also touched on options for starting to return middle and high school students, although probably not until after elementary schools restarted.  Secondary students are more difficult to bring back because of the number of students in the buildings and the need to have them switch classes.  Each class change will mean students mixing in the hall and the state requirement to wipe every desk.  Options for middle and high school include “Zoom in the room” where teachers would simultaneously teach students in the classroom and online.

Monday’s meeting stretched more than five hours, past midnight, as trustees discussed the plans and heard more than 50 public comments submitted online and by residents at the meeting.

Information presented also stressed that students and staff would be expected to wear face masks while at school.  Bazzi also told trustees that the district would need two or three weeks to finalize and launch any blended learning model the board adopts.  The time would be used to group students, figure out busing, finalize cleaning routines, create teacher schedules, adjust the school meal programs, communicate the changes to parents, and more.

Parents who were not comfortable returning their child to school could ask to have their child moved to the Virtual Learning Program by calling their child’s school and asking to be put on the waiting list.  The program will teach students online all year, but elementary students would be required to switch teachers.

Bazzi also noted that entire schools would not close for one or two cases of COVID in the building.  Referencing the district’s COVID flyer, she said the district would start by requiring close contacts to quarantine, which might mean whole classrooms temporarily return to online learning.  Entire schools would only close if that was the recommendation of the Wayne County Health Department.

Administration had targeted restarting with the youngest students because they struggle the most with online learning. It also is easier in elementary school to follow safety protocols like better social distancing and not allowing different groups of students mix.

“We know online learning is the most difficult for our youngest students and their parents,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.  “We continue to work towards the day we can start to bring our students slowly and safely back to school.”

If you have any questions about the decision, please call the Whitmore-Bolles office at 313-827-6800 and we will do our best to help you.

Technical Support by phone and email for DPS Families

The district has placed a wealth of information on the Back to School page of their website. This page is well worth spending some time on and may answer many of your questions. Even as an employee, I’ve learned a lot just skimming through the page links!

Included on this page is a Student Online Learning Handbook for the 2020-21 school year. One piece of information from the handbook that you’ll want to make note of is the creation of a Help Desk line for parents. If you are having login difficulties, Chromebook issues or any other type of technical issues please call 313-827-8400. You can also email them at parenthelp@dearbornschools.org .

For questions about content, scheduled Zoom meetings, etc. you should still contact your child’s teacher.

We are off for the holiday weekend, but if you have any questions you can call the school office at 313-827-6800 on Tuesday between 8:00 and 4:30.

Welcome Back Letter from Mrs. Waddell

Hello Whitmore families. Below is a link to the information packed welcome back letter from Mrs. Waddell that we emailed out on Wednesday, 8/26. If you did not receive the letter, please check that you have a valid email address on file with us. (Parent Connect is not available today (8/28) due to district updates, but will be back available to parents Saturday morning.)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SvxmDt5dq7A5lvUXIvs_ihdvf3Eb6eS2CTkSJGWzNTg/edit?usp=sharing

If you have any questions after reading the letter, please call the office at 313-827-6800 between 8:00 – 3:00 pm this week. Next week we will be in from 8:00-4:30.

Dearborn starting with half days, later school days

With Dearborn Schools starting all online, the district is tweaking its calendar and school day schedules. The first week of school will be four half days to give teachers time for additional professional development, especially for our new online teaching tools.  Because of that change, the district is eliminating the late start days in September, October and December.

Secondly, while students are learning online, the school day hours will be shifted a little later to better serve our students. 
For more details, read more in our First Bell article.

Please see calendar for full information.

Dearborn Virtual Program Information

Greetings Parents,  

The District understands there are parents who want their children in a 100% virtual learning program no matter what phase the State is in or how other students in the District are attending school.  For the parents who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program for students K-12.  Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment. 

In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child(ren) into this program are highly encouraged to visit our school on Wednesday, August 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) on Date and Time to meet with parents. If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location. Here is a link to the complete schedule of schools and meetings.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SdFISdKk-c1Lbkz7Vj5irylxEkqJOKZy2J3HJGvJ_tI/edit#heading=h.e1437s49s5yw.

If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call or email the school so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.

We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year.  Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders.  We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year. 

Have a great day, 

Mrs. Waddell

Dearborn Virtual Program Info

Greetings Parents,  

The District understands there are parents who want their children in a 100% virtual learning program no matter what phase the State is in or how other students in the District are attending school.  For the parents who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program for students K-12.  Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment. 

In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child(ren) into this program are highly encouraged to visit our school on Wednesday, August 12 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) on Date and Time to meet with parents. If you have children at different grade levels and buildings, you do not need to attend meetings at multiple schools.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location. Here is a link to the complete schedule of schools and meetings.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SdFISdKk-c1Lbkz7Vj5irylxEkqJOKZy2J3HJGvJ_tI/edit#heading=h.e1437s49s5yw.

If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call or email the school so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.

We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year.  Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders.  We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year. 

Have a great day, 

Mrs. Waddell

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