District answering FAQs from school closures

We realize the abrupt closure of all the District schools is causing concern about many issues.  As we have answers, we will post them here. Keep in mind, this type of closure is unprecedented in modern times, so the District needs time to figure out dozens of different issues.  Also, information may change as the situation and our planning continues to evolve. Check back here for updates. New information will be added to the top.

Posted April 22, 2020

Does online homework and class meetings count?

Yes! Dearborn Public Schools has implemented its new Continuity of Learning Plan, as required under Gov. Whitmer’s order that closed schools for the rest of the academic year. The plan spells out how the District will continue to educate our students during the school closure and what expectations are for students. The Continuity of Learning Plan page includes details about the plan, and related documents including details on how students will be graded during this time.

Posted April 22, 2020

What if my child is having problems with online learning?

Please start by contacting your child’s teacher directly through email or whatever communication tool the teacher is using. Providing learning entirely online is new to all of us, so be patient with yourself, your teacher and your child as everyone adjusts to the new system.

Updated April 22, 2020

Can I still borrow a Chromebook for my child to use for online learning?

If your family still needs a device, please email your child’s principal as soon as possible. With the approval and implementation of the Continuity of Learning Plan, we are hoping to hold another Chromebook distribution for our Dearborn Public School families. However, doing so requires coordinating when buildings can be safely opened to even a small group of people to prepare and distribute the devices. A responsible adult will need to pick up the Chromebook and sign an agreement about its use.

Posted April 22, 2020

Will my junior still get to take the SAT?

The state has said that all current juniors who were not allowed to take the test this spring will be offered a free SAT test in the fall when it is safe to administer the exam.

Posted April 22, 2020

When does the school year end?

Online learning will continue until June 11, our previously planned last day of school. Seniors will still have their last day on May 21.

Posted on April 14, 2020

When will schools reopen?

Under Gov. Whitmer’s orders, school buildings are closed for in-person learning through the rest of the school year. Currently, we expect to be allowed to reopen for summer programs like summer school and sports conditioning, but that could change if the stay-home orders are extended.

Posted on April 14, 2020

What about graduation ceremonies?

We are trying to find a safe way to honor our Class of 2020 graduates, but are advising our families not to expect to see the traditional ceremonies originally scheduled for May and early June. Even if the stay-home order is lifted by that time, experts advise it would not be safe to hold large events. Most of our graduation ceremonies gather hundreds to more than 1,000 people. We sympathize with our seniors and are saddened we may not be able to celebrate this important milestone with them, but a ceremony is not worth jeopardizing the health of our community.

Posted March 31, 2020

How was selection for the Collegiate Academy impacted by the school closure for COVID-19?

Current 10th grade students who were interested in starting the District’s Henry Ford Collegiate Academy in the fall should contact their high school counselor this spring. Admission to the program will now be based on test scores from the fall. See more information about next year’s Collegiate Academy admissions in this PDF. The Collegiate Academy allows students to attend a combination of high school and college for five years, earning a high school diploma and an associate degree at no cost to the family.

Posted March 31, 2020

Is the District still distributing free meals for students?

Yes, although we are now distributing three days a week at the seven locations. Read all the details in a separate post on the meal program.

Posted March 31, 2020

Can we still use the playgrounds and fields at the schools?

The public is asked to stay off the playgrounds and fields during the Governor’s shelter-in-place order. Equipment is not sanitized, and there is a risk someone could contract COVID-19 from touching the surfaces or from playing with friends on the playground. Playing sports on the athletic fields also carries a risk of spreading coronavirus germs from one person to the next, so again, people are asked to refrain from using those facilities.

Posted March 24, 2020

What about GSRP registration?

GSRP registration for the 2020-2021 school year, which was scheduled to start on March 27th has been postponed. We’ll update you with more information as we have it.

Posted March 20, 2020

How do I contact the District during the school closure?

General information 313-827-3006 or communications@dearbornschools.org.

Social emotional hotline 313-827-8500 or dss@dearbornschools.org
Tech support 313-827-8400 or parenthelp@dearbornschools.org
Student Services 313-827-3068 or mashhoi@dearbornschools.org
Special Education 313-827-7050

See the half page contact information graphic.

Posted March 17, 2020

Will the District deliver meals?

At this time we do not plan to deliver meals.  We are hoping community members can work together to coordinate delivery for friends and neighbors who cannot make it to the school during the pickup times.  

Posted March 17, 2020

What about my AP classes and tests?

The College Board is sharing more online resources with teachers and plasn to move the tests online. Read more here. The College Board has also canceled its May 2 test date for the SAT.

Parents can also check with their child’s AP teacher for updates and information. 

Posted March 16, 2020

Will the district offer access to computers and the Internet for online learning?

We are looking at the options. Meanwhile, Comcast is waiving the first two month’s fees for the Internet for some low-income families through its Comcast Essentials program.  See https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

Posted March 16, 2020

Will schools be open so I can get my belongings? 

Schools were open on Friday, March 13 so students and staff could collect personal belongings. If an extremely important item was left at the school, please reach out to your teacher or principal to possibly arrange a way to retrieve that item on March 16 or March 17. There is no guarantee that you will be able to get the item from the school.   Schools are being thoroughly cleaned on March 16 and 17, and after those days they will be closed to all staff, students, and parents.