Press Release #44/2019-20 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2020 Contact: David Mustonen, Communications Director (313) 827-3006 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dearborn Schools offering free breakfast and lunch pickup for students at six sites
Dearborn Public Schools is offering free pickup lunch and breakfast for students while school is closed for the mandatory shut down over the next three weeks.
Families will be able to stop in and pick up a bag with both breakfast and lunch for each child in the family. Pickups will run daily from 10 a.m. to noon starting tomorrow, March 17 at Fordson, Edsel Ford and Dearborn high schools, McCollough-Unis, Salina Intermediate, and Woodworth Middle School.
Signage at each site will direct parents and students where to enter the building. Food will be near entrances to minimize the amount of time community members spend in the facilities.
Please note, meals are available to anyone age 18 and younger. Students do not need to be present, and the Dearborn School student does not need to attend at that building. A designated person can collect meals for multiple children. Meals for Saturday and Sunday can be picked up on Friday.
The program will allow the District’s 20,700 students to continue to have access to healthy food. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week ordered all Michigan schools closed from March 16 through April 3 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus and cases of COVID-19. Dearborn Schools is scheduled for spring break April 6 to 10, so school will not resume in the District until April 13.
The grab-and-go meals will be served at least through April 3.
Superintendent Glenn Maleyko praised the District’s food service team for quickly implementing this drastic change in service to meet the needs of families.
“We appreciate the patience of our families and community as we all try to adjust to this sudden change from closing schools,” Dr. Maleyko said. “More than three quarters of our students qualify for free or reduced priced school meals. We realize this food is important to our families, many of whom may be facing additional financial hardships from the sudden economic changes related to COVID-19.”
Check the Dearborn Public Schools website at www.dearbornschools.org for any updates or changes to the meal program or for other issues regarding the school closure.
On March 12, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued the order to close all public schools in Michigan until April 3, 2020 (as of today’s date, due to spring break, Dearborn Public Schools will reopen to students on April 13, 2020).
Parents and students are not permitted in any Dearborn Public School as of March 16, 2020. Whitmore-Bolles has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by an outside company in addition to outstanding work by district staff. Due to the process that is currently being completed, teachers and support staff members at Whitmore-Bolles are not allowed in the building unless pre approved by the principal.
Any families that need medication from the school can email me at email@example.com and we can set up a plan for retrieval.
With all that is going on around us, I am grateful for a community that has been so supportive and understanding.
During these unprecedented times, we continue to work on ensuring that safety is our first priority. The contracted company that performed the thorough cleaning of our building finished their work this afternoon, providing the green light for us to open our doors for families and staff to gather any personal items or school materials that may be needed during the mandated closure. The school will be open limited hours a few days next week for families to come into the building.
Mike Lowe and I will be available on Monday, March 16 from 12:00-3:00 pm and Tuesday, March 17 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm for families to gather items. We ask that you please bring a bag from home to collect the items, unfortunately we will not have any available. Medications stored in the office will also be available for pick up if they are needed over the closure.
Teachers will be in contact with all their families to communicate how learning can be continued outside the classroom walls.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay healthy!
Tomorrow is a big day for our state/nation! We are proud to host the primary election. With that comes the concern that our school is open while school is in session.
We have been proactive and I have met with my team to ensure student safety. Some of the precautions that we have in place are the following:
Voting will take place in the auditorium, NOT the gym. There will be barriers to rope off the two adjoining hallways. Only one door will be used by the voters.
All staff has been instructed to keep classroom doors locked at all times, to limit sending students out of the classroom by themselves or near the voting poll area and to be vigilant throughout the day.
We are closing down the restroom across from the polls. Students will be directed to other bathrooms in the building.
Bathrooms will not be available or open for public use
I have several parents and staff members along with our resource officer, and ASC visitors, who will have an active presence in the area throughout the day.
I hope this helps alleviate/address some concerns that may be lingering. If you have any concerns or questions that have not been answered in any of my communication around this issue, please feel free to call or email me.
Please join us on Monday, March 9 at 6 pm for the PTA Meeting in the cafeteria. At the start of the meeting we will have Mr. Ali Sayed from SAFE present to parents about the information that is currently being offered to our 3rd-5th grade students. Come find out what our students are learning about in their sessions and ask questions about how you can support your student with the awareness of Nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, vape, and peer pressure. Hope to see you there!
Don’t forget the Book Fair GRAND Event immediately following school today and open until 5:30PM! Join us and shop with your special people!Classes will visit the book fair this week.
Thursday there will be a popcorn sale to benefit the Art Department and provide supplies towards art night.
Family Art Night will be held this Friday March 6th from 5-7PM in the cafeteria. Dress for a mess and bring your artists for painting fun with chances to win prizes. This event is free for all who attend and donations will be accepted for the Art Department.
Typically, national and world events are only a small part of our daily dialogue but on occasion they can grow to a point where they consume and dominate our conversation. This is the current status regarding the discussions taking place about COVID-19, or more commonly known as the coronavirus.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, as of February 28, 2020 there were five people tested in the state of Michigan (3-Washtenaw, 1-Macomb, 1-Oakland) for the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and fortunately results showed that none of the five tested had the virus.
There are many news stories, articles, and websites providing information about this new strain of the flu virus and it is vitally important for all of us to keep focused on accurate information. Several articles indicate that more people may be infected by this virus but there are no forecasts on how many, where, or for how long this will continue.
As state, county, and local government agencies begin to formulate plans to address the possibility of a potential widespread outbreak, our administrative team has also been monitoring developments related to COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have been in contact with a variety of educational organizations such as the Michigan Department of Education, Wayne RESA (our local Intermediate School District), Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA), and others in developing protocols and procedures that would aid in preparing our district in the event of a widespread outbreak in our community.
We are also closely following the medical recommendations from health care professionals such as the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Michigan Department of Health, and the Wayne County Health Department. These sources remain the best place for the most accurate information regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are also very fortunate to have nurses on our staff who have a professional relationship with these organizations and can provide us with timely information.
While the CDC has not yet provided formal guidance for schools on how to prepare for a potential community outbreak, the State of Michigan, Wayne County Health Department and other local health departments have emergency preparedness systems ready to be activated if an outbreak occurs in Michigan. Our own staff has been in contact with the City of Dearborn’s Emergency Manager to ensure we are able to coordinate efforts if needed. Also, we are talking with our cleaning supply vendors in order to make sure we are using recommended products and methods to keep schools clean and safe.
As we have done in the past, when other flu related illness was a concern, it is important to remind everyone that the CDC recommends following these simple but very effective methods to limit the spread of respiratory diseases:
Always thoroughly wash hands for at least 20 seconds.
When soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer to wash hands.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cloth when sneezing and/or coughing.
Stay home when you are sick. (This is a good habit to follow for any illness but even more important given the unknowns surrounding COVID-19)
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
If you are planning to travel overseas it is important to stay up to date on any travel advisories issued by the federal government and consider postponing travel in areas of concern. Additional information is available on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website including a downloadable fact sheet in English and Arabic. Information is also available on the CDC website.
The spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a serious topic that needs to be closely monitored and requires all of us to stay informed. We all need to show restraint in sharing any unsubstantiated reports on social media or other internet outlets. Creating unnecessary panic by spreading rumors will only create more fear in our community. Our schools, our city, and our community will need to continue to stay informed as we work together to keep all of us safe and healthy.