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Letter to the Community From the Superintendent

February 5, 2021

Greetings Parents, Students, and Community Members, 

Ever since the announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine there has been an on-going and somewhat confusing discussion on where and how to receive the vaccine.  However,  I’m happy to share very positive news regarding our efforts to get our staff vaccinated. 

We have built an outstanding relationship with the Wayne County Health Department and continue to work directly with them and Wayne RESA to secure appointments for staff members. On February 1st, the County began notifying select school districts to schedule vaccine appointments for their employees. The District was contacted by the County and it looks very promising that our turn could occur as early as next Thursday and Friday, February 11 and 12.  This means that we will plan to make February 11 an asynchronous instructional day across the district. Feb. 12 is already a vacation day for mid-winter break. The more staff that are able to get the vaccine, the safer it will be for our students, staff and community. 

The County is the primary source of vaccine distribution for school employees. We know they have a huge task in front of them in their efforts to vaccinate more than 20,000 school employees working in Wayne County.  Therefore, we have been in discussions with other healthcare providers to secure vaccines for our staff.  Those efforts have been beneficial as almost one thousand vaccines will be given to Dearborn Public School employees by a hospital in the Detroit area. The distribution of these vaccines is also scheduled for next Thursday and Friday.     

In addition, we have been encouraging all staff who may be eligible to be vaccinated to pursue any and all options to make an appointment with outside organizations. We have provided staff with a list of resources to aid in their efforts and to date we are aware of almost 400 staff members who have already received the vaccine. 

The work of our District Vaccine committee, the incredible work of Wayne County Health, our partnership with a local hospital, and the efforts of individual staff members will very likely result in all 2,700 staff members in the Dearborn Public Schools who want to receive a vaccine having that opportunity by the end of next week.  

Looking ahead, our new message is one of continued patience, unwavering perseverance, and never ending hope. We have weathered a great storm for almost a year, and although the winds may have calmed, the sun shining through the clouds, the storm is not over.  The vaccine brings great hope to a return to normal and adds one more layer of protection in our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community healthy.  

Stay safe, be healthy, and remember to Mask Up! 

Regards, 

Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.

Superintendent, Dearborn Public Schools

Reopening Dearborn Public Schools

The Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education has voted to restart schools with a blended program once COVID conditions improve in the community.  Trustees updated this plan during their special meeting on Jan. 23.  No date has been established yet.

Click here for more information: https://dearbornschools.org/backtoschool/

Please Note: Per our health officer at WCHD, “Upon return from international travel, an individual should self-quarantine for 7-days, and at the end of the 7-days have another COVID PCR test that needs to be negative before the individual/student returns to school.”

November Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized by their classroom teachers as Students of the Month for November! Keep up the great work!

Ms. Maktari, PKAseel DSarah A
Ms. Johnson, K-2Ismail AManahel A
Ms. Sadek, KIbrahim SRania A
Ms. Beydoun, KKareem DBaraa B
Ms. Hamm, KJudy FIssa M
Ms. Schaefer, KAbdallah YAli N
Ms. Sobh, 1Rahaf AEissa E
Ms. Vann, 1Fatimah ABalsam S
Ms. Alawy, 1Laya ALaila F
Ms. Makled, 1Yara AWesam G
Ms. Borrello, 1Ameer OAlharith A
Ms. Alabachachy, 2Nadia DJesus H
Ms. Bazzy, 2Maha EJawad J
Ms. Fernandez, 2Mohamed AMaryam A
Ms. Obad, 2Amira Rayhana F
Ms. Sabra, 2Julia FMohamad H
Ms. Ahmad, 3Dahlia AAdam A
Ms. Cwiek, 3Mohamad JJana Q
Ms. Van Proeyen, 3Malak ZHassan H
Ms. Schmidt, 3Mekkah MZaid O
Ms. Zaban, 4Salam ARommaisa S
Ms. Cojei, 4Ali AHana S
Ms. Cercone, 4Dahn AMislah S
Ms. Cheaib, 4Nour EJubran A
Ms. Luckow, VLP 4Zain A
Ms. Mroczka, 5Maria OAli A
Ms. Hamid, 5Hussein DHosam S 
Mr. Bazzy, 5Ali RFatima Y
Ms. Lutteke, 5Zeinab YBatoul K

COVID-19 Case Identification

November 17, 2020

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified at William Ford Elementary. We are working closely with Wayne County Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. This notice is informational only; no further action is required by anyone at this time. If you have not been contacted by the district nurse or your building administrator, you are not considered to be a close-contact to the positive individual. And with no students in the building at this time, there are no concerns to any families at William Ford Elementary.

I want to thank everyone for following through social distancing measures and adhering to all other guidelines, like wearing masks at all times and not being in close contact with anyone for 15 minutes or more. I want to also remind everyone that we need to respect everyone’s privacy at all times. Your safety and privacy are important to us. Again, we thank all of you for adhering to all guidelines.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are less than six feet from each other for at least 15 minutes. A person who is a close contact of someone who is infected with COVID-19 may experience COVID-19 symptoms typically within two to fourteen days after a person is exposed.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. Symptoms can include: Fever (>100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, abdominal pain.

There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities “COVID-19 free” and protect ourselves and loved ones:

  • Children and adults should stay home when ill.
  • Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If a hand washing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes must contain at least 60% alcohol. Dispose of wipes in the trash after use.
  • Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand).
  • Follow guidance for wearing a face covering and social distancing.

If you have questions, please contact Wayne County Health Department at 734-727-7078.

Following the guidance of the MI Safe Schools Roadmap, the school has been disinfected. This includes spraying classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas as needed with a sanitizer, along with other methods of disinfection.

Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

William Ford wishes Mrs. Rabac all the best, and Welcomes Mrs. Farhat as the new Assistant Principal

At the Dearborn Schools’ Board Meeting on Monday, November 9th, Superintendent Maleyko announced that Mrs. Nicole Rabac would move to the full-time Assistant Principal at Miller Elementary. Mrs. Rabac had been splitting her time between William Ford and Miller. The William Ford community is sad to see Mrs. Rabac leave, and know that she will do wonderful things for the Miller students, families and staff.

Mrs. Mariam Farhat was announced as the new Assistant Principal at William Ford Elementary. Mrs. Farhat is currently an English Language Development Specialist at McDonald Elementary. William Ford is excited to welcome Mrs. Farhat and all of us are certain she will be a great addition to our community.

Please join all of us at William Ford in welcoming Mrs. Farhat to William Ford and wishing Mrs. Rabac much success on her new assignment at Miller! These new assignments are effective as of November 10th.

William Ford to Host the Ford Motor Company STEAM Box Giveaway!

On Wednesday, October 21st from 2:30-4:30, Ford Motor Company will host a STEAM Box giveaway in the parking lot at William Ford Elementary for families from the William Ford and Woodworth Community!

Click the link below for more information on the event! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GOHVEwxB_oYKrafETxTqoTzlY-JDA_4hJ5Bm1J1FH1g/edit?usp=sharing

Families at William Ford who have students in grades 3rd-5th, and families at Woodworth are invited to drive through the parking lot at William Ford to receive the STEAM box through their car window.  One STEAM box per family!  Parents, please enter the parking lot off of Alber St. and exit on Chase.  The STEAM box giveaway will be from 2:30-4:30 OR until all boxes are distributed.

Dearborn Schools to Remain Online

The Board of Education voted on October 12th to continue online learning for all students through October.  In-school learning labs will continue and be expanded.  More information to come soon on the expanded learning labs. The Board of Education will meet again on Monday, October 26th to revaluate conditions and see if the district is ready to move toward bringing students back to school in one of the proposed hybrid formats.