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ATTENDANCE

Dear Parents,

A friendly reminder: Even though school is online now, attendance is still being taken. The same procedures as before for absences are required if your child cannot attend class. If your child is absent, sick or having technical issues please let the school know by doing at least one of these options: Emailing teacher, going to parent connect and follow the instructions for absences, calling the attendance line available 24hrs and leave a message (313) 827-6301. Please make sure you clearly state the date, name of the child, teacher and reason for absence.

Thank you for your patience and consideration during these trying times. We will get through this. Stay strong!!!!

PTA 2020 Elections

PTA 2020 Virtual Election

Hello Parents!!! With the abrupt ending to last year’s school year, we were not able to hold a traditional election. We decided that with all the uncertainty surrounding so many in our community from the pandemic, we would hold off on making any important PTA decisions.  The Dearborn PTA Council held a virtual election for their executive board over the summer, and now we would like to do the same. Here’s how it’s going to work…

1.       Email nominees to LindberghPTADearborn@gmail.com

a.       You can nominate anyone, including yourself.

b.      Nominees will be accepted from September 7th until September 21st.

2.       Any person who is nominated will be notified on September 21st of their nomination.

3.       A document will be blasted out via email, and uploaded to Facebook on September 29th.

a.       This will have the list of nominees for each open position.

b.      This document will be available for 24 hours only.

c.       Once voting has closed and been tallied, Election results will be shared.

4.       Training and a transitional period will be available for those elected.

5.       If positions are not filled or receive ZERO nominees, they will still be vacated by the current board member and remain OPEN.

6.       We will be voting on 3 Positions: President, Father VP, and Secretary. See below for a quick description.

a.       President – Holds monthly meetings, schedules PTA Event Calendar, assist event chairs in promotion and running of events, work closely with staff of needs of the school.

b.      Father VP – Be a positive male role model for our school, attend monthly meetings, manage specials teacher wishlists, organize annual end of the year Fun Fair.

c.       Secretary – attend monthly meetings, take notes/meeting minutes, manage social media accounts and PTA publications.

Keep an eye open for the election details and updates via EMAIL, BLOG POST, and FACEBOOK POST (Lindbergh PTA Dearborn)!!!

Press Release #9 – Change means student information not yet required for free student meal distribution

Press Release #09/2020-21

Change means student information not yet required for free student meals in district

A change this week from the federal government is streamlining how Dearborn Public Schools will distribute free student meals this school year, starting with the distribution on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Parents now will not need to provide student information to collect a meal, which also means they do not need to pre-order meals through the Nutrislice app.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced schools would be allowed to continue distributing free meals to all students through the end of December or until funding for the program runs out.  The program that allowed for blanket meal distribution was set to expire as school resumed in Dearborn.  Without the expanded program, all schools needed to link any meal they distributed or served to a particular student. Most districts would have also needed to know which students had to pay for the lunch or breakfast and which were eligible for free meals.  Dearborn Public Schools already offers free lunch and breakfast to all its students.

“Even if the announcement came very late, we are glad we are able to continue a more robust meal distribution program for our community, at least for now,” said Jeff Murphy, Director of Food Service. “Now we need to get the word out to the community that the meal distribution process will be the simpler, familiar process they have seen in one form or another since March.”

Monday’s announcement means Dearborn can continue to hand out free meals for any child under 18, even if that child is not a student of this district. Dearborn Schools will not yet start collecting student names and their student ID numbers, though that could change later in the school year depending on the requirements from the USDA. The district was preparing to start collecting student information for all the meals it distributed.  District parents were encouraged to gather their student’s information and use the Nutrislice app to pre-order meals to streamline the pickup process. Nutrislice pre-ordering will be suspended for now since the district does not currently need the student information to hand out meals. 

Any adult or older student can come to one of the distribution sites and pick up a week’s worth of lunch and breakfast items for their students.  The student does not need to attend that school or be present at pickup.

Thursday, Sept. 3, will be the first day for the new school-year distribution program.  After the first week, weekly meal packs will be distributed on Fridays, starting with Friday, Sept. 11.   

With the restart of school online, the district is also doubling the number of locations where student meals will be distributed.  Meals will be available for pickup from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week at Bryant Middle School, Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School, Fordson High School, Henry Ford Elementary, the Dearborn Heights Campus (Howe/STEM/Berry Center), Lowrey School, Maples Elementary, McCollough-Unis, McDonald Elementary, Miller Elementary, Salina Intermediate, Smith Middle School, Stout Middle School and Woodworth Middle School. 

At most locations, adults will be able to stay in their vehicles and pull up to have food loaded in their car.

Dearborn Public Schools began offering free food distribution in March just days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered schools to close to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Food distribution was initially funded under emergency provisions of the School Lunch Program.  Food distribution continued over the summer through a separate federal summer nutrition program, which ended in Dearborn with the distribution on Aug. 27.  Neither of those programs required the district to collect student information.  With the restart of school, though, Dearborn Public Schools was switching back to the School Lunch Program, which normally requires each meal to be linked to a certain student.  The distribution program will likely change again when the district moves back to in-school learning.

The district has been distributing more than 60,000 meals a week and has handed out more than 1.25 million meals since the shut down in March.

“We know many of our families rely on these free school meals, and we are glad to be able continue to serve our students in this way,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.by Katie Hetrick on September 2, 2020