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03/03/21 Covid Notification Letter

DATE: 03/03/2021

TO: Staff and Parents

FROM: Heyam Alcodray 

RE: COVID-19 Case Identification 

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified involving a school 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.

Free meal distribution day changing with start of blended learning

Two women in face masks pack food into bags at McCollough/Unis School.

With the start of blended learning on March 1, Dearborn Public Schools will change how it distributes free student meals.

Weekly meal pickup will move to Wednesdays starting on March 3 and will be provided at all of our traditional middle and high schools.  Pickup will continue to run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Students at all levels will also have the option to receive a meal on the days they attend school in person.

Pickup will be available at Bryant Middle, Dearborn High, Edsel Ford High, Fordson High, Lowrey, McCollough-Unis, Salina Intermediate, Smith Middle, Stout Middle, and Woodworth Middle schools. 

Please note, Henry Ford, Maples, McDonald and Miller elementary schools and the Dearborn Heights Campus will no longer be distribution sites.

Dearborn Public Schools will continue to provide a week’s worth of food for any student in the district or any sibling under 18 years of age.  No ID is required, and the student does not need to attend that building or come with the adult picking up the food.

Students attending in person will also have the option to get a meal at school that day.  Students will socially distance in serving lines, and touch points have been minimized.  The district will continue to work to provide high quality food in the safest way possible. 

Elementary students attending face to face will be able to pick from one of two hot lunch options or pack their own food.  Most buildings will have students eating in the cafeteria with social-distancing, but the specifics of how children will eat will vary by building.  Menus will be provided on the Nutrislice website.

Middle and high school students attending face-to-face instruction will be able to get a grab-and-go breakfast.  Those menus will also be posted on Nutrislice.  More details of how breakfast will work at each building will be provided directly from that school. 

Dearborn Public Schools has been distributing free student meals since shortly after the schools were required to close in March 2020.  Recently, we have been handing out more than 100,000 meals a week.  The district has about 20,700 students.

All students attending school in the district are eligible for free breakfast and lunch under special provisions of the National School Lunch Program.

Screening tool for students

Please use this screening tool everyday that your child comes to school. This will guide you in knowing if your child is symptomatic for Covid-19 and whether they should be sent to school. It is very important that if you child exhibits any of these symptoms they should stay at home.

Screening tool to determine if a child is too sick to be sent to school.

SORA E-books

Mrs. Alward from EFHS has made a video showing how to use the new resource we have for you to get books to read. Please feel free to use SORA and if you have any suggestions of additional titles that we should have contact me at hmayedn@dearbornschools.org and I will consider the request. Enjoy!!

How to add the public library books to SORA.

City of Dearborn Rent Assistance Program, Application Opens Monday

Low-to-moderate income Dearborn residents unable to pay their rent, mortgage or utilities due to the financial impact of COVID-19 can apply beginning Monday, Jan. 18 to receive up to $5,000 to cover up to six months’ worth of bills through a new grant program offered by the City of Dearborn. 


This financial assistance for rent, mortgage and utilities is in the form of grants, meaning that it does not need to be repaid by residents who qualify for the program. Payments will be made directly to the landlord, mortgage and/or utility company by the agencies administering the grant program. Residents will not receive the money themselves.
Residents will apply for the grants through one of two charitable agencies working with the City:

ACCESS and the LAHC. 

LAHC link: www.lahc.org/cares 

ACCESS link: https://www.accesscommunity.org/emergencyservices