Update Regarding the Michigan Department of Education Announcement #Students1stDbnSchs

20 Mar

March 20, 2020

Greetings Parents and Students,

Hard to believe that it has been only a week since our schools were closed. With all of the additional closures that have occured over the past week this continues to be a challenging time for everyone. All of us here at the Dearborn Public Schools appreciate the work that parents are doing to keep their students engaged in the learning activities that our teachers continue to provide.

Today, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) shared a memo regarding instructional time during a mandatory school closure. The memo stated the following:

“There is no mechanism to earn instructional time during a period of mandated school closure. However, schools can and are encouraged to offer supplemental learning opportunities to students using distance learning methods as they see fit.“

Although the district is closed in accordance with the state-mandated closure, there are many opportunities for students to continue their learning at home. The resources shared by the teachers are intended to help students maintain skills. These resources will serve as enrichment activities for students and participation will not impact their grades.

As of March 20, 2020 the state-mandated school closure is scheduled to end on April 3rd, 2020. If schools are required to be closed past that date, MDE will need to make decisions regarding several issues such as graduation, make-up days, ending the school year early, or extending the school year past the scheduled end date. Dearborn, along with all other districts in the state, do not have answers to these questions and will continue to seek further guidance from MDE as this very fluid situation continues to develop.

We understand that the uncertainty of the school year is very unsettling and can cause stress and frustration for students and parents. We ask that everyone please have patience while we work through the current conditions. Please continue to check the teacher and school communication that is available as well as the district website for information as it becomes available.

Have a safe and restful weekend!

One Reply to “Update Regarding the Michigan Department of Education Announcement #Students1stDbnSchs”

  1. Dear Michigan Board of Education,
    It is very disappointing to find out that although our children are doing all the assignments asigned to them by their “paid” teachers they will be expected to make up the hours missed in class by a mandated emergency school closing. I would not call the many hours of work my sons are doing just meer enrichment. Let us all get through this crisis and sencerly work out all the bumps in the road at the end of it all. How can it be said that the work by our teachers as well as the students will not be counted as hours spent. That they will have to make up those hours. We do not know for sure how all of this is going to end. Are the University’s going to not count the hours their students spend on line? What about online schools in Michigan, are they also not counted. At least consider counting up to half of the time spent. I think its unresonable to expect our students to do all this work and get no credible hours. I am hoping the MBE will reconsider.
    Thank You,
    Mrs. Lorie Elitawi

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