Monthly Archives: January 2021

The 2021 Spring WIDA testing window Information

The 2021 Spring WIDA testing window opens tomorrow, January 27. The WIDA state assessment measures students’ academic English language in the domains of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Students who will be assessed will be contacted with the dates and times of testing. Testing will take place IN PERSON. Please be assured that all safety measures will be in place so that all students and staff are safe at all times.

WIDA TEST PRACTICE is available on this link. Please take the time to practice a few days before your testing date.

Online Chatting with the Superintendent event set for Jan. 27

“Tomorrow night (Jan. 27), Superintendent Maleyko will hold a virtual Chatting with the Superintendent for the community starting at 5:30.  The event will be held on Facebook and also streamed on YouTube.
Feel free to share this information with your families.
For more information, see our First Bell article.

Press Release #19/Jan. 26, 2021

“Dearborn Public Schools families and community members are invited to hear updates on various school matters directly from Superintendent Glenn Maleyko on Wednesday, Jan. 27.  

Dr. Maleyko will hold a live, online Chatting with the Superintendent event starting at 5:30 p.m.  Viewers can tune in via the district’s Facebook page or the YouTube or cable channels.  

Chatting with the Superintendent events are informal gatherings that allow the public to hear the latest information about the district and ask questions directly of the superintendent.  The meetings are less structured than school board meetings, allowing Dr. Maleyko and other administrators to answer questions. Questions can be submitted during the event on the district’s Facebook page or starting at noon that day via a Google Form.

Dr. Maleyko started holding Chatting events four years ago, offering a few each year at different school buildings.  Typically, he uses the event to provide updates about current issues in the district and then opens the floor for questions from parents, community members and staff in attendance.  (Those who want to discuss an individual student or staff member should arrange to talk privately with the school principal or the child’s teacher.)

“Four years ago, we discovered this relaxed setting allows for good conversations, the sharing of ideas and a platform that encourages open dialog,” Dr. Maleyko said.  “While we will not be meeting in person for this event, I still hope to have a good conversation with our community members.”by Katie Hetrick on January 26, 2021″

Friendly Reminder:

Half Day of School for all students on:

Friday, January 22, 2021


Monday, January 25, 2021

Trustees will reevaluate Dearborn’s reopening plan during Jan. 23 retreat

Learn more about the meeting, and get a refresher on the current plans and criteria, in our latest First Bell article.

#Students1stDbnSchs Community Letter Regarding Potential In person instruction.

#Students1stDbnSchs Community Letter Regarding Potential In person instruction.

Click Here to view the letter.

by Glenn Maleyko on January 15, 2021

No School – Monday, January 18th

Reminder: No School on Monday, January 18th in observance of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Wayne County’s video about COVID-19 safety

Link below:

COVID 19 Notification

DATE: January 11, 2021

TO: Geer Park Elementary

FROM: Jamel Lawera, Principal

RE: COVID-19 Case Identification 

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified at school. 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.  No close-contacts to the positive individual have been identified at this time.

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.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! We hope all is well with everyone.

Please check out the online etiquette tipsheet that was created by the Communications Dept.

First Bell site.

 Online Etiquette tipsheet  (English and Arabic)

“For technical questions about your Chromebook, Schoology or Zoom, please contact our parent and student tech support at or 313-827-8400.”

Thank you