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Covid Notification letter 04/16/21

DATE: April 16th 2021

TO: Staff and Families of Fordson High School

FROM: Heyam Alcodray, Principal 

RE: COVID-19 Case Identification 

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified involving a sports team. We are working closely with Wayne County Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. This letter is informational only; no further action is required for you 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.

I want to thank all staff and students 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 all staff and students 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 (>100.4oF), 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: 

  1. Children and adults should stay home when ill. 
  2. Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand). 
  5. 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.

Covid Notification letter 04/09/21

DATE: April 9th 2021

TO: Staff and Families of Fordson High School

FROM: Heyam Alcodray, Principal 

RE: COVID-19 Case Identification 

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified involving a sports team. We are working closely with Wayne County Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. This letter is informational only; no further action is required for you 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.

I want to thank all staff and students 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 all staff and students 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 (>100.4oF), 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: 

  1. Children and adults should stay home when ill. 
  2. Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand). 
  5. 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.

Return to school on Monday, 4/12/21

Hello, 

Just a quick reminder that all Dearborn Public Schools will be returning to our Hybrid schedule starting on Monday, April 12, 2021. This is the schedule that was being followed prior to Spring Break. 

Also, high schools will be taking part in State testing next week. Information has been shared with students, but please check with your child’s school for details or if there are any questions. 

For students 16 and older, there are still appointments available on April 16th at DMC to get your COVID-19 vaccination. This is a special partnership between the District and DMC.

For more information on how to sign up please visit: https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2021/03/31/district-dmc-offering-covid-vaccines-to-older-students-and-their-parents/

Please remember that we must continue to Mask UP, social distance, wash hands, and avoid large gatherings. The vaccine offers us hope that our fight against COVID 19 will come to an end, but we still have a long way to go. Working together we can do this!  

Thank you 

مرحباً،

مجرد تذكير سريع بأن جميع مدارس ديربورن العامة ستعود إلى اتباع برنامج التعليم المدمج بدءً من يوم الاثنين ، 12 نيسان \ أبريل 2021. وهو الجدول الذي تم اتباعه قبل عطلة الربيع.

كما نذكركم أيضاً بأن امتحانات الولاية الأساسية للمرحلة الثانوية سوف تبدأ في الأسبوع المقبل. تمت مشاركة هذه المعلومات مع الطلاب ومع ذلك يرجى مراجعة مدرسة الطالب للحصول على المزيد من التفاصيل أو إذا كانت لديكم أية أسئلة.

إضافة إلى ذلك ما زال لدى الطلاب من سن 16 فما فوق (وأولياء أمورهم) ، الفرصة لتحديد موعد لأخذ لقاح كورونا يوم الجمعة 16 نيسان \ أبريل في مركز ديترويت الطبي. يتم هذا الحدث بالشراكة بين قطاع ديربورن التعليمي و مركز ديترويت الصحي ( DMC). لمزيد من المعلومات حول كيفية التسجيل ، يرجى الضغط على الرابط التالي:

https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2021/03/31/district-dmc-offering-covid-vaccines-to-older-students-and-their-parents/

الرجاء الانتباه إلى ضرورة الاستمرار في ارتداء الكمامات الواقية والحفاظ على مسافة التباعد الاجتماعي وغسل اليدين وتجنب التجمعات الكبيرة. يمنحنا اللقاح الأمل في أن تنتهي معركتنا ضد كوفيد- 19 ، لكن ما زال أمامنا طريق طويل لنقطعه لتحقيق ذلك. بالعمل معا يمكننا القيام بذلك!

شكراً لكم

Upcoming Vaccination Days for Students and Parents

Student Vaccines

For more information on how to sign up please visit: https://firstbell.dearbornschools.org/2021/03/31/district-dmc-offering-covid-vaccines-to-older-students-and-their-parents/

Transportation for the Vaccine for Students

If you signed up your child (16 and older) to take the vaccine and requested transportation here, the bus will leave Fordson at 11am.  The bus will be here on April 8th, 9th, and 16th.  

Students must have the following with them:

  • The transportation permission slip 
  • DMC consent form 
  • DMC Outpatient consent form 
  • Copy of driver’s license or school ID if you do not have a driver’s license
  • Copy of insurance card 

SAT / PSAT TESTING LETTER

April 7,  2021

Dear Dearborn Public School Families:

State testing occurs next week.  The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) submitted a request to waive testing administration and accountability this year due to COVID-19.  MDE has not received any response as to whether or not that waiver will be approved. At this point we will move forward with planning the M-STEP testing as required by law.

Any 10th grader who is interested in the Henry Ford Collegiate Academy scholarship, must take the PSAT 10.  The District is currently working with Henry Ford College to determine an alternative route that will include a GPA of 3.3 or higher and previous test data and/or a testing opportunity at the college.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MDE does not support bringing otherwise remote or virtual students into school solely for the purpose of state assessment. 

Please fill out this form if you do not plan on bringing your child in to test if they are currently attending school virtually or remotely. If you are not planning on bringing your child in for state testing, please complete this form and fill it out by Friday April 9th.  

Here is the link to the form…

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffnKOSi5qnG7m2dGiLxmSFFwMaqoeGtkaz89CPOA9XLqaTBA/viewform?gxids=7628

This form (link above) is for virtual students who you do not want to come into the building to test.  

A student who attends classes in the building and you do not want them to test next week, must email or call the school to let us know.  

If you are planning on bringing your child in, below is more information about state testing. 

All high schools have been informed by the State of Michigan and the College Board that they must adhere to strict testing regulations. Students who do not adhere to any of these regulations will have their tests invalidated. 

These testing regulations are as follows: 

● Cell phones and other electronic devices must be powered off. We suggest students do not bring them to school. Tests will be invalidated if there is any audible notification from a cell phone or other device. 

● Photo Identification must be shown (student ID or driver’s license) when students check into their testing room. Students testing should arrive at their testing room five minutes early.  

● Students will have scheduled breaks where they may eat a snack which they should bring with them. No food or drink will be allowed to be consumed during testing time. Proctors will notify students when they may have their snack. 

● Students should bring at least two sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers to the testing session. 

● Students will need to maintain safety protocols of the Dearborn Public Schools. This includes wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, and maintaining a safe social distance. 

The State of Michigan and the College Board have very strict guidelines and we ask our families to assist us in conveying to our students not only the importance of these exams, but also the necessity to comply with the regulations set forth by the State. Additionally, students must be on time for these assessments. Students who arrive after the tests have begun will be required to return for the make-up test date.

The following is the 2021 testing schedule for all 9th, 10th, 11th grade students:

Makeups will be on the following dates:

    •    SAT – Tuesday, 4/27

    •    WorkKeys – Wednesday, 4/28

    •    MSTEP – Friday, 4/16 – Friday, 4/30

Graduation and Val/Sal/Speakers

All high schools must have the same policy for Valedictorian and Salutatorian:

  • Valedictorian – highest GPA (8 semesters)
    • To qualify a student must have earned their final eleven (11) credits in the Dearborn Public Schools at time of graduation and a minimum of one (1) year at the high school from which s/he is graduating. All grades earned in all subjects, both required and elective, shall count in determining the final average.
  • Salutatorian – second highest GPA (8 semesters)
    • To qualify a student must have earned their final eleven (11) credits in the Dearborn Public Schools at time of graduation and a minimum of one (1) year at the high school from which s/he is graduating. All grades earned in all subjects, both required and elective, shall count in determining the final average.
  • Any disciplinary issue dealing with academic honesty will disqualify a student (Including but not limited to cheating and/or plagiarism)
  • No one may be valedictorian or salutatorian if they receive any major discipline in junior or senior year (suspension of 2 or more days) 
  • The Valedictorian and Salutatorian give a 2-3 minute speech at Honors night but do NOT automatically speak at graduation
  • Graduation Speaker must go through a process wherein they are selected by a panel of teachers
    • Presentation process with a rubric

Graduation Speakers:

The Class president speaks at graduation – 2-3 minutes.  

An “at large” graduating senior is also selected to speak at graduation.  This student  does not have to be from the top 5 students.  Each school has a similar selection process including an audition and faculty panel. This process should be communicated and explained to students and parents.  As stated above, this may be the valedictorian or salutatorian if they are selected by the panel in the process.  There must be a rubric with the process and there should be a  minimum of five staff members that represent the content areas and one administrator.  

Announcements at graduation ceremony will include:

  • Salutatorian and Valedictorian:  Announce with GPA, college plans and brief explanation of sports/clubs/service to school.  Brief and important and have the students stand. 
  • Must announce cords, Valedictorian and Salutatorian and have students stand when their award is mentioned.
  • Exchange club stoles will be given to the Valedictorian at graduation.

Cords are academic.  No club cords. Any cords must be approved by HS principals and Executive Directors of Student Achievement.

Program key:

*August Graduates

^Collegiate Academy

+DCMST

@ Superintendent’s Advisory Council

All Students Virtual After Spring Break

Hello,

As an added precaution as students and staff return from spring break, Dearborn Public Schools will return to school with virtual learning from April 6 to 9.

Students will still attend live class that week, but will not be face-to-face for instruction. Three days, April 6, 8 and 9, will be changed to synchronous, online learning. Wednesdays, including April 7, are already scheduled as synchronous, online learning for all students.

In a letter to the community, Superintendent Glenn Maleyko said he has visited every school in the district since students started returning on March 1 and is proud to see how students and staff are following all the COVID-19 safety protocols.

“We will continue to place safety as a top priority and with an abundance of caution we have decided to place all students on a virtual schedule for the week of April 6 to 9 following the spring break,” he said.

The district realizes that many families traveled over the break and may be visiting family for the Easter holiday. The return to virtual learning is only scheduled to last through April 9.  

Dr. Maleyko’s community letter also noted that the district is making arrangements for students 16 and older who want a vaccination to receive one in April. That age group becomes eligible for vaccinations in Michigan on April 5.

The district is also hosting a free COVID rapid testing event on April 5 at Edsel Ford High School from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The State of Michigan is running the testing site, which is open to the entire community. More information about the testing event is available on the district website.

While both of those events are positive news, the community needs to remain vigilant in trying to prevent COVID, which has hit Dearborn particularly hard.

“We still have some hurdles to face with the pandemic moving forward, and I encourage everyone to follow the COVID 19 safety protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus,” Dr. Maleyko said. 

Thank you

Covid Notification letter 03/29/21

DATE: March 29, 2021

TO: Staff and Families of Fordson High School

FROM: Heyam Alcodray, Principal 

RE: COVID-19 Case Identification 

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified involving a sports team. We are working closely with Wayne County Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. This letter is informational only; no further action is required for you 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.

I want to thank all staff and students 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 all staff and students 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 (>100.4oF), 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: 

  1. Children and adults should stay home when ill. 
  2. Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand). 
  5. 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.