Board of Education to vote Aug. 10 on return to school plans

Chalkboard with Back to School written on it

The Dearborn Board of Education on Monday, Aug. 10, will approve a return to school plan for the District.

Because of state timelines, trustees will vote to approve the plan during their meeting at Henry Ford College.  That meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10.  Usually, residents can watch the college board meetings via Zoom.  For this meeting, Dearborn Public Schools will also broadcast the event live via its YouTube Channel at and through the district’s Cable channel.

Residents who want to offer comments at the meeting can participate by emailing mlane4@hfcc.edu before 7:10 that evening. Click here for the meeting agenda.

The Board of Education spent more than five hours on Thursday, Aug. 6, hearing reports from the district’s Reopening Committee. The Committee’s top recommendation is to restart school with all students online for at least the first month. The second recommendation was to reopen with elementary school students attending a mix of online and in-building, and the third recommendation was for all students kindergarten to 12th grade to return in a mix of online and face-to-face classes.

All of the recommendations called for reevaluating each month.

Dearborn Schools has to approve a reopening plan by Aug. 15 and submit the detailed plan to the state by Aug. 17.  

Trustees next meet as the Dearborn Schools Board of Education on Aug. 24.

During Thursday’s special study session, Superintendent Maleyko noted that districts currently only have authority to offer online school through the end of September. To continue beyond that, changes would need to come from the state, either through the legislature or through an order from the Governor.

Separately, Dearborn Schools announced on Aug. 4 that it will offer a Dearborn Virtual Learning Program.  District parents who want their child to learn only online this year, or at least through the first semester, have the option to register their child for this online only school.  Registration for that program will start next week.