COVID-19 Case Identification

DATE: 11/6/20

TO: MAPLES ELEMENTARY 

FROM: Donna Jakubik, Principal 

RE: COVID-19 Case Identification 

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified at school. The individual was on school grounds Wednesday, November 4, 2020. 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 (within 6 feet 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.

100% Virtual Learning Year Long Option – Register Thursday, August 13 between 9 AM and 2 PM at Maples

On Monday, August 10, the Board of Education approved a plan for all Dearborn Public School students to return to school on-line. Students from kindergarten through high school will take classes online until at least the beginning of October.  The board will check conditions in late September to see if it is possible for students to begin returning to in person learning. It could begin as a blended model of both in-class and on-line learning.

The District understands there are parents who are not comfortable with their children returning to in person learning for this school year.  For these parents, who want a 100% on-line option for the entire school year, the school district has created the Dearborn Virtual Learning Program for students K-12.  Parents selecting this option are opting their children into the program for a one-year commitment. 

In order to meet staffing, transportation, and several other components of our new school environment, it is vitally important to know how many students will join the Virtual Program. Parents seeking more information and/or are interested in opting their child(ren) into this program are highly encouraged to visit Maples on Wednesday August 13 between 9 AM and 2 PM.

School administrators will be on hand (social distancing, limited numbers, and masks will be enforced) on August 13 between 9 AM and 2 PM to meet with parents to sign up students for the virtual learning option.  Opt-in forms will be available and parents can opt-in all their children at one location.

If you are not comfortable meeting in a safe environment at the school or are unable to attend on one of the scheduled days, please call (827-6450) or email @ jakubid@dearbornschools.org Wednesday or Thursday so we may discuss this option and begin the opt-in process for your children.

We understand there are many questions, concerns, and uncertainties as we approach the start of the school year.  Our Back to School Reopen Committee has spent many hours considering all of the health, safety, logistical, and educational concerns before making their recommendations. Our Board spent many hours reviewing those recommendations including a six hour Study Session to hear from the various sub-committees and stakeholders.  We are now ready to move forward, together, to ensure what will be an interesting, but great, start to the 2020-21 school year. 

Dearborn opts to start school year ONLINE, with optional in-school learning labs for more support

The Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education agreed Monday night for the district to start the school year online for all students.

Students from preschool through high school will take classes online at least until the first week of October. The board will reevaluate conditions later in September to see if it is possible for some or all students to begin returning to their classrooms.

“The decision to start online is not for the entire school year, or even for the entire semester,” Superintendent Glenn Maleyko said. “Our hope continues to be to return most students to in-school learning when we feel we can ensure reasonable safety.  We know most students learn better in a classroom.”

Online learning for the fall will be more structured than what students and parents saw in the spring after the emergency school closures due to COVID-19.  Students will be expected to attend live virtual classes with their teacher every school day and attendance will be counted.  Work will be graded on a more traditional scale, unlike the standards used in the spring. Schools will be contacting students with the teacher assignments and more information before class begins Aug. 31.  Parents and students should watch their emails because more  schools may opt to communicate electronically this year instead of mailing back-to-school packets.

While learning is online, the district will also provide in-school learning labs for students. These small groups will offer additional in-person assistance to students for academic and social-emotional issues. Each of the district’s 36 schools will create its own schedule for learning labs.  Most often teachers will recommend students they feel will benefit from the learning lab, but parents and students will also be able to request additional help.

Starting school online was the top recommendation from the district’s school reopening committee.  More than 80 people served on the committee that looked at hundreds of logistical details regarding returning students to school. The committee’s second and third recommendations both involved allowing students to return with blended learning where half the students would be in the building on one day and half learning from home.  The committee’s second choice recommendation was for just elementary students in blended learning while secondary students stayed online, and the third recommendation had all students in a blended learning system. For parents who do not want their student returning to in-building learning this year, or at least this semester, the district has created the Virtual Learning Program.  This online only program is available for district students, but parents must register their child. Families can learn more at vlp.dearbornschools.org.  Students who sign up for the program will still be taught by Dearborn Public School staff using the district’s curriculum.  Families are asked to commit to the program for at least a semester, preferably the entire year.

New this fall, all Dearborn Public School teachers and students will be using Schoology, including lessons taught via Zoom.  Schoology will provide a central hub for students to connect to all their teachers and find and submit all their lessons and assignments.  The secure platform also gives teachers more control over their virtual classroom, including how students interact during live lessons.

The decision to start school online does not directly impact high school athletics.  Those seasons officially start this week; however teams will only be allowed to compete as MHSAA deems it is safe to do so.  Those decisions are made by sport depending on how well athletes can social distance and other factors.  Read more at the MHSAA website.  Athletes will continue to fill out a brief daily health form, including a temperature check, before participating each day.

Like everything else since March, all in-person activities are subject to change as COVID-19 conditions evolve and pending any new requirements from the Governor or state legislature.

“While we are disappointed to be starting schools online this fall, we know that we need to put the safety of our students and staff first.  Even with the extensive precautions planned by the reopening committee, we feel like online learning is the best option for starting school,” Superintendent Maleyko said.

Summertime!

The entire Maples Staff wishes all our students and parents a restful summer break! We appreciate the help of all our families with remote learning the past 3 months. It was definitely a time of learning for all of us!

At the end of June, teachers will be contacting students for summer learning. We have purchased books for all our students and the teachers will be meeting once a week for book talks! This will begin July 6 so watch for a message from your teacher!

Thank you Mrs. Whitford for creating this!

Can you fnd your teacher?

Mrs. Reed’s Duet

Mrs. Reed had a little bit of fun with another music teacher from Dearborn. Mr. K. and Mrs. Reed played a recorder duet while social distancing. Mr. K. recorded the drum part and his recorder part and emailed the file to Mrs. Reed. Mrs. Reed recorded herself on recorder and then spliced it all together into a video. We hope you enjoy our performance.

Preschool Sign Up

ATTENTION All FAMILIES WITH A FOUR YEAR OLD CHILD

Dearborn Schools offers a Free Preschool Program

GSRP is a free program for all eligible families and is designed to give a high quality preschool experience prior to Kindergarten. 

 Eligibility is primarily based on family income (federal poverty level), life experiences and child’s age.   If your child’s birth date is between December 2, 2015 to December 1, 2016, your child may qualify for this program.  

If you would like to be sent information about registration for the 2020-2021 school year please fill in the GSRP Interest Form 2020-2021 and someone will contact you as we start the registration process. 

If you have any other questions please email Amy Modica modicaa@dearbornschools.org

بلاغ إلى جميع الأسر التي لديها طفل يبلغ من العمر أربع سنوات

 مدارس ديربورن تقدم برنامج  البداية الرائعة الاستعدادي المجاني

  برنامج  البداية الرائعة الاستعدادي هو برنامج مجاني لجميع الأسر المستحقة ويهدف إلى إعطاء تجربة دراسية – قبل الروضة – للأطفال. 

 تعتمد أهلية القبول في هذا البرنامج في المقام الأول على دخل الأسرة (مستوى الفقر الفيدرالي) ، وتجارب الحياة وعمر الطفل.   إذا وقع تاريخ ميلاد طفلك بين ٢  كانون الأول / ديسمبر٢٠١٥  إلى ١  كانون الأول/ ديسمبر ٢٠١٦  ، فقد يكون طفلك مؤهلاً لهذا البرنامج.  

إذا كنت ترغب في استلام  معلومات حول التسجيل للسنة الدراسية ٢٠٢٠-٢٠٢١  ، يرجى ملء  نموذج  GSRP 2020-2021 وسيتصل بك أحد كوادرنا عند بدء عملية التسجيل. 

إذا كانت لديك أي أسئلة أخرى ، يرجى إرسال بريد إلكتروني إلى  السيدة إيمي موديكا modicaa@dearbornschools.org

P-EBT Benefit Cards

All families in Dearborn will be receiving the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) food assistance benefits. It will go to Michigan families with students ages 0-26 that are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals. This includes families currently receiving Food Assistance Program benefits, as well as those not currently enrolled in the program. No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P-EBT benefits.

If you have any questions, please contact 1-833-905-0028.

If the student was already receiving SNAP benefits, they will automatically receive the P-EBT benefits on their card.

If the student is eligible based on a Free or Reduced-Price Meal the pre-loaded P-EBT card will come in the mail and will be in the oldest school aged child’s name, not the parents name. Keep the card for ongoing benefits you may receive. MDDHS is processing cards in batches thru mid-May.

The combined benefit amount for March/April is $193.80 per child and will be available by the end of April.

The combined benefit amount for May/June is $182.40 per child and will be available by the end of May.

To activate the card call the phone number on the back of the card. You will need the EBT card number on the front of the card, your zip code, and the date of birth of the oldest child in your household. You will need to set a four-digit pin number.

Special Area Report Card Marking

Art, Music, Technology and PE teachers are working hard to provide lessons for students weekly. Please remember those areas will be marked on the June report card as well. The following grading scale will be used in special areas:

M (Meeting – all assignments completed)

P (Progressing – most assignments completed)

LP (Limited Participation – some or no assignments completed)

Students can use the weekend to catch up on special area assignments!