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All Michigan Schools Close for the Rest of the School Year

On Thursday, April 2nd Governor Whitmer announced that schools in Michigan will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Maleyko issued a statement about the closure. That full statement will be shared with parents by email, and can be found on several social media formats.

Please know that teachers and administration will be working very hard over the next week or two to plan online and remote learning for all students. Many more details still to come. Some highlights from Dr. Maleyko and the Governor’s order are listed below.

To summarize the Governor’s official, seventeen page order, here are a few key points: 

  • All public school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • All school districts must develop a plan for continued on-line/distance learning.
  • Seniors will be allowed to graduate and students will move to the next grade assuming they are on track to graduate, have met standards, and/or will show they have met standards over the next several weeks via online learning or other methods. 
  • Assessments are waived (SAT, PSAT, M-Step). Students who were scheduled to take the SAT this spring will have an opportunity to take the SAT which may occur in the fall. 
  • Food distribution programs will continue.
  • The state will continue to provide school aid payments allowing districts to pay staff regular wages/salary and benefits for the remainder of the school year.

Just a reminder that next week is Spring Break. Teachers will not be holding any online meetings or posting any new online assignments until Monday, April 13th. Much more to come!

As always, during these challenging times, we appreciate all you are doing to support your child, emotionally and academically! We often talk about the importance of a partnership, well it is more important now than ever. TOGETHER we will get through this!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Higgins or Mrs. Rabac at William Ford’s Google Voice Phone Number: ‪(313) 451-3077‬. You can also reach us at higgind@dearbornschools.org or rabacn@dearbornschools.org.

Online Learning Link Moved to the Green Menu Bar

Please note that the link to Online Learning has been moved to the Green Menu bar above! Students and Parents can find links to all classroom teacher websites, special area teacher websites, and other resources. Please click above!

If you have further questions, concerns or needs, please contact your child’s classroom teacher or Mr. Higgins at higgind@dearbornschools.org or Mrs. Rabac at rabacn@dearbornschools.org.

Storytime with Mr. Higgins on Monday, Wednesday and Friday!

Join Mr. Higgins for Storytime on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00. See the links below to join the LIVE story! Mr. Higgins will start promptly at 1:00!

Monday, March 30th: Join Storytime https://us04web.zoom.us/j/998877248 Meeting ID: 998 877 248

Wednesday, April 1st: Join Storytime https://us04web.zoom.us/j/179607960 Meeting ID: 179 607 960

Friday, April 3rd: Join Storytime https://us04web.zoom.us/j/629827920 Meeting ID: 629 827 920

Meal distribution schedule changing

On Monday, March 30, Dearborn Public Schools is changing the format of its free student meal distributions. Meals will now be distributed three times a week, instead of five.  

Meals will generally be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, the week of April 6 to 10, meals will be handed out on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday, April 10, is Good Friday and a holiday for District staff.

Fewer meal distributions should make it easier for families to get the food while reducing the risk of virus exposure for both our families and our staff. Each food bag will still contain both breakfast, lunch and milk for a child under 18, but now the bag will have food for each day until the next distribution.

The grab-and-go meals will continue to be handed out between 10 a.m. and noon at the same seven schools.  The Dearborn Schools student does not have to attend that school to be eligible for a meal. A designated person can pick up meals for multiple children.  The student does not need to be present.

The distribution sites are Fordson, Dearborn and Edsel Ford high schools; McCollough/Unis; Salina Intermediate; Smith Middle School; and Woodworth Middle School.

The program is allowing the District’s 20,700 students to continue to have access to healthy food. The meals are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program. Dearborn Public Schools already used the federal program to offer all kindergarten to 12th grade students free lunch and breakfast on school days.

District reminds residents to stay off school playgrounds, fields during school shutdown

The weekend is here and although the weather forecast is calling for rain, we all like to get outside and get some fresh air. This is especially true during this time of year when the temperatures are on the rise and we all have been spending a lot of time inside. 

Many are thinking that it might be alright to get outside and have children play with one or two friends. Unfortunately, this is not something we should be doing at this time. The battle to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus is on-going and gathering in small groups, even outside at the local park is not something we should be doing. 

During the State of Michigan mandated shut down, all Dearborn Public School facilities, including playgrounds, and athletic fields, will be closed to the public. Please do not attempt to go onto the fields or access the playgrounds.  If you are found on the property you will be asked to leave.  

The Governor has ordered that we all shelter in place.  This is not a recommendation or suggestion. This action is being taken to help in the effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to mitigate the number of people becoming sick. Hospitals in southeastern Michigan are being overwhelmed and are reaching the point where they are unable to meet the needs of those arriving for care. We must all do our part to help slow the spread of this virus and remain at home!  

The Governor did say that it is ok to go for a walk, run, or bike ride. However, we can not gather in groups at local parks or playgrounds.

We look forward to the day, hopefully in the not too distant future, when our facilities will once again be open to the public and we can all return to our regular routines. The District appreciates all of the support that the Dearborn community has shown and the tremendous amount of community spirit that has been demonstrated during this very difficult time.  Together we will get through this, one community, #DearbornStrong!

بحلول عطلة نهاية األسبوع وعلى الرغم من أن توقعات الطقس تبين هطول األمطار ، إال أننا جميعًا نحب
الخروج واستنشاق بعض الهواء النقي. هذا صحيح بشكل خاص خالل هذا الوقت من العام عندما تبدأ درجات
جميعا ل. ً الحرارة في االرتفاع ونمضي الكثير من الوقت في الداخ
يعتقد الكثيرون أنه قد يكون من الجيد أن يخرج األطفال للعب مع صديق واحد أو اثنين. لألسف ، ال يجب
علينا القيام بشيء كهذا في هذا الوقت. المعركة لوقف انتشار فيروس كورونا 19 COVID مستمرة والتجمع
في مجموعات صغيرة ، حتى في الخارج في الحديقة المحلية أمراً مرفوضاً ال يمكننا القيام به.
أثناء إغالق والية ميتشيغان ، سيتم إغالق جميع مرافق مدارس ديربورن الرسمية أمام العامة، بما في ذلك
المالعب ، والصاالت الرياضية. من فضلكم، ال تحاولوا الذهاب إلى المالعب الخاجية أو الوصول إلى
المالعب الداخلية. إذا تم العثور عليكم في أي جزء من مالك المدارس سيُطلب منكم المغادرة.

بأن نلزم منازلنا جميعاً. هذه ليست توصية أو اقتراح. يتم اتخاذ هذا اإلجراء

لقد اصدرت حاكمة الوالية امراً
لتعزيز الجهود المبذولة إلبطاء انتشار فيروس 19-COVID والتخفيف من عدد اإلصابات. تعاني
المستشفيات في جنوب شرق ميشيغان من االكتظاظ وقد وصلت إلى النقطة التي لن تكون قادرة فيها على
تلبية احتياجات أولئك الذين يصلون للحصول على الرعاية. يجب علينا جميعًا القيام بدورنا للمساعدة في
إبطاء انتشار هذا الفيروس والبقاء في المنزل!
قالت الحاكمة أنه ال بأس بالقيام بنشاطات مثل المشي أو الجري أو ركوب الدراجة. ومع ذلك ، ال يمكننا
التجمع في مجموعات في الحدائق المحلية أو المالعب.
نتطلع إلى اليوم ، ونأمل أن يأتي هذا اليوم في المستقبل القريب ، الذي يعاد فيه فتح مرافقنا مرة أخرى للعامة
إلى رويتننا المعتاد. تقدر المقاطعة كل الدعم الذي أظهره مجتمع ديربورن والتعاضد العظيم

وعودتنا جميعاً
والتحلي بالروح الواحدة التي ظهرت خالل هذا الوقت العصيب. معًا سنتجاوز هذا كمجتمع واحد ، # ديربورن
قوية.

Special Classes at Home!

Art, Music, PE, Media, & Science Enrichment… OH MY!

Students can now participate in special classes at home! Be sure to join the Google Classroom: William Ford Specials 2020. The enrollment code is: oolxamy

You can get to Google Classroom by clicking here or you can login through Clever by clicking here. There is also an app for phones and tablets. Use your Dearborn Schools email and password. Once you are in Google Classroom, click the + in the upper right hand corner and type in the code: oolxamy

Your special area teachers have shared a lot of fun activities on their blogs, too. Be sure to click here to get the links to your special class teacher’s blogs.

Nearly 200 Families Received a Chromebook to use during the School Closure!

Nearly 200 of William Ford’s Chromebooks were loaned out to families with no technology at home on Thursday, March 19th and Monday, March 23rd. Parents and students arrived and waited patiently in their cars for the opportunity to check-out a loaner Chromebook to use at home during the shutdown of schools. Students will return the Chromebook to William Ford once school re-opens.

Chromebook Staging Area
Teachers help Parents in Cars
William Ford’s Volunteer Team (most of them) & Practicing “Social Distancing”

These Chromebooks are ONLY on loan and ONLY for families without any computers and/or tablets in the home.  William Ford will issue ONE computer per household IF they do not have a computer, not per student. These are only to be borrowed and due back to school when school begins again.  Parents will be completely liable and responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and condition of the Chromebook, including full replacement of the Chromebook if broken. 

Online Learning Plans

Greetings, William Ford Families!

We are committed to supporting the academic development of your child.  Over the past few days, our dedicated teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure that even though our school is closed, the academic development of our students will continue.  Please refer to the grade level links below to access the grade level learning plans for William Ford Elementary School students. We also ask that all parents and students sign up to receive updates from their teachers on their classroom blog. Teachers will update their blog regularly with reminders and other important information.

Learning Plan for the week of March 16th-20th, 2020:

PreKKindergarten1st grade2nd Grade3rd grade4th grade5th gradeMrs. Dunne

Also, visit your child’s Special Area Teachers Learning Plan:

Mrs. Scannell’s Music BlogMs. Adkins’ Music BlogMrs. Logsdon’s Physical Education BlogMs. Sabourin’s Art Blog Ms. Al Saadi’s Science Enrichment Blog  
Mrs. Kinnaird’s Library BlogMrs. Saidi’s Speech & Language ResourcesAdditional Teacher Blogs 

We understand there may be challenges with the new learning process. We want you to know that we are here to assist you with this.  If you have questions about your child’s learning plan, please email or message your child’s classroom teacher. If you need support with technology, contact 313-827-3003. The district will soon loan out Chromebooks to William Ford students who do not have access to a computer, at home (more information to come).

Wishing you and your family good health.  We will greatly miss seeing all of you over the next few weeks.

Kindest Regards,

David Higgins, Principal  & Nicole Rabac, Assistant Principal