Apr
2021

Message From Our District Nurses


Hello All,

Throughout this past year we have come to learn that guidance and protocols on how we address COVID-19 can change frequently and even vary between the CDC, Michigan Department of Health, and Wayne County Health.  

In order for us to have consistency in our protocols we have always followed the guidance of the Wayne County Health Department as they have the best barometer on local conditions.  

With that said, Wayne County Health has reviewed a recommendation from the Michigan Department of Health and agrees with the State in moving back to a 14 day quarantine for those identified as a Close Contact. This is a change from the current 10 day quarantine.  

There are no other changes and the definitions of a Close Contact remain the same. The only change is that a person identified as a Close Contact will now need to quarantine for 14 days rather than 10.  

It is important that all staff be made aware of this information so please make sure to share with everyone in your building, especially those who may not access a computer everyday. We also ask Principals to please share this important change with parents.  

As always, the District Nurse Team is available to answer any questions you may have.    

Thank you,
Dearborn Public Schools Nurse Team 

Apr
2021

DPS Testing Information

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) submitted a request to waive testing administration and accountability this year due to COVID-19. This waiver was denied so we will move forward with planning the M-STEP testing as required by law.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MDE does not support bringing otherwise remote or virtual students into school solely for the purpose of state assessment. If you are not planning on bringing your child in for state testing, please notify us by filling out this form.   If you are the parent of a hybrid student and you would like to not have your child participate in testing this year, please contact your school administrator. If you are planning on bringing your child in, below is more information about state testing.  

Elementary Schedule (Grades 3-5)

M-STEP ELAM-STEP MathM-STEP ScienceM-STEP Social Science
3rd GradeApril 26 – June 4
4th GradeApril 26 – June 4
5th GradeApril 12-May 21

Our VLP students will be scheduled to test at their home schools on the following Wednesdays, when those buildings are teaching the rest of the student population remotely.  The following schedule shows the dates that each grade will be taking each test. 

Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5
April 14English Language Arts
April 21Math
April 28Science/Social Studies
May 5English Language ArtsEnglish Language ArtsMakeups
May 12Eid – No School
May 19MathMathMakeups
May 26MakeupsMakeups
June 2MakeupsMakeups

Middle School Schedule (Grades 6-8)

M-STEP ELAM-STEP MathM-STEP ScienceM-STEP Social Science
6th GradeApril 26 – June 4
7th GradeApril 26 – June 4
8th GradePSAT8 on April 13April 12-May 21

More information regarding assessments will be sent to families from their home school, including the start and end times of testing each day.  All testing will follow Dearborn’s safety protocols. Your child’s home school principal will be able to assist you with any questions. 

Please note: Students will need to bring their Chromebooks to school each day of testing.

If you have any questions please contact your home school administrator.

Sincerely,

Dan Signature

Daniel L. Patterson, Ph.D.

Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation

Apr
2021

COVID-19 Case Identification

DATE: April 12, 2021

TO: Staff and Families of Salina Intermediate

FROM: Ms Eman Ahmed, Principal

RE: COVID-19 Case Identification 

A confirmed case of coronavirus (Covid-19) has been identified at school on April 12, 2021 Testing was done this week and results were received today.  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.

تم تحديد حالة إصابة مؤكدة بفيروس كورونا (كوفيد -١٩ ) في المدرسة. نحن نعمل بشكل وثيق مع إدارة الصحة بمقاطعة وين لتحديد من كانوا في تماس مباشر مع الحالة المؤكدة ومنع وقوع إصابات جديدة. إن الغرض منهذه الرسالة هو الإخطار فقط ؛ لا يلزم اتخاذ أي إجراء آخر  من قبلكم في هذا الوقت. إذا لم يتم الاتصال بك من قبل ممرضة القطاع أو مسؤول المبنى الخاص بك ، فلا تعتبروا ممن كانوا على اتصال وثيق بالشخص المصاب.

أود أن أشكر جميع الموظفين والطلاب لاتباعهم تدابير التباعد الاجتماعي والالتزام بجميع الإرشادات الأخرى ، مثل ارتداء الأقنعة في جميع الأوقات وعدم الاتصال الوثيق بأي شخص لمدة 15 دقيقة أو أكثر. أريد أيضًا أن أذكر جميع الموظفين والطلاب أننا بحاجة إلى احترام خصوصية الجميع في جميع الأوقات. سلامتكم و خصوصيتكم مهمة بالنسبة لنا. مرة أخرى ، نشكركم جميعًا على التزامكم بجميع الإرشادات.

يُعتقد أن الفيروس المسبب لـ كوفيد -١٩  ينتشر بشكل أساسي من شخص لآخر ، من خلال الرذاذ التنفسي الذي ينتج عندما يسعل الشخص المصاب أو يعطس أو يتحدث. يمكن أن تهبط هذه القطرات في أفواه أو أنوف الأشخاص القريبين أو ربما يتم استنشاقها في الرئتين. تزداد احتمالية انتشار المرض عندما يتواجد الأشخاص على مسافة تقل عن ستة أقدام من بعضهم البعض لمدة ١٥  دقيقة على الأقل. قد يعاني الشخص الذي يكون على اتصال وثيق بشخص مصاب بـ كوفيد -19 من أعراض الفيروس عادةً في فترة تتراوح بين  يومين إلى أربعة عشر يومًا من يوم التعرض.

تتشابه أعراض كوفيد -١٩  عند الأطفال والبالغين. يمكن أن تشمل الأعراض: الحمى (حرارة أعلى من ٤. ١٠٠  درجة فهرنهايت) ، والسعال ، وضيق التنفس ، والغثيان ، والقيء ، والإسهال ، وسيلان أو احتقان الأنف ، وفقدان حاسة التذوق أو الشم ، وآلام في البطن.

هناك العديد من الأشياء التي يمكن القيام بها للحفاظ على مدارسنا و منازلنا ومجتمعاتنا وحماية أنفسنا وأحبائنا “خالية من كوفيد -١٩ “:

  • يجب على الأطفال والبالغين البقاء في المنزل عند المرض.
  • غسل اليدين بالصابون والماء الدافئ الجاري لمدة 20 ثانية على الأقل بشكل دائم.
  • في حالة عدم توفر مكان لغسيل الأيدي ، استخدم معقم اليدين بشكل صحيح. يجب أن تحتوي المواد الهلامية والمطهر ومناديل اليدين على نسبة  ٦٠ ٪ على الأقل من الكحول. تخلص من المناديل المبللة في سلة المهملات بعد الاستخدام.
  • تدرب على آداب التنفس الجيدة (قم بالسعال بالكوع من الجهة الداخلية).
  • اتبع الإرشادات الخاصة بارتداء غطاء الوجه والتباعد الاجتماعي.

للاسئلة، الرجاء الاتصال بمديرية الصحة بمقاطعة وين على الرقم:  ٧٠٧٨ – ٧٢٧ ( ٧٣٤) .

اتباعاً لإرشادات خارطة طريق إعادة فتح المدارس بشكل آمن التي قررتها ولاية ميشغان سابقاَُ، تم تطهيرو تعقيم المدرسة. تضمن ذلك رش الفصول الدراسية والممرات وغرف تبديل الملابس والأماكن المشتركة الاستخدام حسب الحاجة بالمطهرات ، إلى جانب تطبيق طرق أخرى للتعقيم.

للمزيد من المعلومات الرجاء زيارة موقع مركز مكافحة و السيطرة على  الأمراض.

Apr
2021

Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) testing window this school year is  April 12- May 21, 2021 for grades 5 and 8, and April 26-June 4, 2021 for grades 4, 6 and 7.  Students in grades 4th-7th will take English Language Arts and Math M-STEP assessments. PSAT replaced M-STEP ELA and Math for 8th grade. M-STEP Science and Social Studies tests will be given in grades 5th & 8th. MI-ACCESS Alternate April 12-May 28, 2021

Grade 5 and 8  M-STEP Testing Schedule

For more information please visit Michigan Department of Education: www.michigan.gov/mde/