All learning labs pausing starting Nov. 9

Dearborn Schools is pausing its remaining in-person learning labs starting on Monday, Nov. 9.

That decision came on Tuesday after the district received its weekly schools report from the Wayne County Health department showing the positivity rate had climbed to 8 percent. The report covers Wayne County outside Detroit.

On Oct. 21, Dearborn Public Schools stopped requiring most teachers to offer learning labs, which provide face-to-face instruction for groups of three to six students. At that time, the positivity rate was 4.6 percent but expected to soon exceed the 5 percent threshold. In the two weeks since that decision, a few learning labs have continued for some special education students, and other teachers could voluntarily continue to offer in-school labs for their students. The change on Nov. 9 means that even those few programs will be paused until community COVID rates improve.

The district will restart learning labs after the positivity numbers in the county weekly report improve. Dearborn Schools also is planning to open elementary schools after COVID conditions improve to meet thresholds set by the Board of Education.

To learn more about those COVID thresholds and see recent local COVID figures, visit the district’s COVID information page.