Dearborn Public Schools students will be returning to school on August 27 to start the 2018-19 school year. Students will attend for a half-day and then will have full days through Thursday. This is the first time since 2005 that students will start school before Labor Day. Many school districts in Michigan have been able to petition the state and ask for a waiver in order to move the first day before the Labor Day break.
The 2018-19 calendar offered several new challenges as this is the first year the District had to adhere to the state law requiring 180 days of instruction. This change added five school days to the 2018-19 school year. The district was able to maintain a calendar with less than 180 days for several years because previous calendars had been finalized before the law went into effect.
Several factors play a role in determining the calendar including state requirements, a county-wide common calendar, community needs, and professional development obligations. The Administration and the Dearborn Federation of Teachers spent many hours working together on the meticulous details that needed to be considered before a final calendar was approved.
The 2018-19 calendar is posted on the district’s website and can be accessed by visiting:
https://dearbornschools.org/district/district-calendars. Visitors can download a PDF version or view an on-line calendar. Parents are reminded to check with their child’s school for important events and activities taking place unique to their school and not appearing on the district calendar.