MBCC Hybrid Plan Information

February 18, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we plan our return to school, we are excited to see all of our Michael Berry students back in the building. We have worked tirelessly for a safe and smooth transition. Below is important information to keep you informed on the processes and expectations we have put in place.

COVID Screening

Each morning families are expected to take the temperature of all members of the household before a student comes to school. If any member of the household has a temperature of 100.4 or above, students should “remote in” on Zoom, not attend school physically. If students have symptoms of COVID (see attached screening tool), they should not attend school physically. They should “remote in” on Zoom.  

Return to School Phase In Schedule

Week of March 1 – 9th Graders (Class of  2024) will participate in orientation at MBCC

Week of March 8 – 10th Graders (Class of  2023) return for hybrid instruction at MBCC

  • 9th graders continue to attend

Week of March 15 – 11th (Class of  2022) & 12th Graders (Class of  2021) return for hybrid instruction

  • 9th graders continue to attend
  • 10th graders continue to attend

Schedule

When we change to hybrid, the school start time at MBCC  is 8:15 am and dismissal is at 12:20pm.  See attached bell schedule (different from the high schools due to bussing–student will follow the high schools schedule when in the actual high school building).  

A Group and B Group

The purpose of the hybrid model is to minimize the number of students in the classroom/building at one time. All students will continue to be in the same classes with the same teacher on Schoology. Students who come to school will need to bring their charged computer to follow along on Zoom and Schoology. The teacher will be instructing on Schoology to both students in the class and students at home.

To do this, half of the students come each day. 

  • A Group” students (a group assigned by your high school) will come to MBCC on Monday and Thursday. Students in this group will Zoom in on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday according to the schedule.
  • “B” Group students  (a group assigned by your high school) will come to MBCC on Tuesday and Friday.  Students in this group will Zoom in on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday according to the schedule. 
  • On Wednesday, all students will stay home and attend classes virtually. When your child is learning from home, they will “Zoom in” from home. Wednesdays will look like remote learning – what students are doing now.

Transportation to MBCC

The Bussing schedule is attached.  Please see your home high school for further information. 

Students who drive themselves to MBCC must have signed permission on file.  Click this link for the form.

Students may not transport other students (other than siblings) in their personal vehicle. 

VLP Students

Students who are signed up to remain virtual for the whole year will follow the same bell schedule, but will remote in each day.  Your  child will attend classes virtually from home. If you did not sign up for VLP and do not plan on your student returning to the building for this year, a parent must contact the office at their high school as soon as possible. 

There is some content in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs that must be taught face-to-face.  Some certification exams can not be given virtually.  Some assignments use software or licenses only available at the building.  Some programs don’t run on chromebooks.   Some activities require specialized equipment not available at the students’ homes.   For these, and many other reasons, when one of these assignment/projects is assigned, VLP students will be given the choice to:

  1. Attend MBCC in person for that project and complete the activity.
  2. Remain virtual and do an alternative assignment (so it doesn’t impact their grade).  However, they would not receive the certification, training, skill or other benefit of that assignment. 

It will always be the choice of the student and their parent whether or not to attend these face-to-face activities.  Your teacher will have specific information about which activities must be done in person and what alternative activities are available.  

Entry/Exit Procedures at MBCC

  • Students arriving should enter through door #1 (left of the flagpole and  the “Michael Berry Career Center” sign on the brick wall).  
  • You will proceed directly to your first class.  
  • Bathrooms are not open and you should not loiter in the hallways.
  • Students will not be allowed to enter the building without wearing their masks.  Masks must be worn correctly (covering mouth and nose, no gaps)

Classroom Set-up

  • Classroom set up is designed to provide social distancing and all students will face the same direction. 
  • Students will be assigned a seat and must sit in their assigned seat for the duration of the class for contract tracing and social distancing purposes. 

Bathrooms   

  • Bathrooms are closed during passing time, arrival and departure. 
  • Students who need to use the bathroom will be given a pass during class and will be escorted to/from the bathroom by security to insure only one person in the bathroom at a time.   

Meal

Students will be given a snack at their home high school  to eat during the fifteen minute break at 10:10-10:25. They will eat in the classroom. Students going to the MBCC and DCMST during the break will take the snack with them. 

  • There is no eating in any classroom at MBCC
  • Drinking fountains are not available.  
  • Students are encouraged to carry a water bottle with them.  

Student (in building) Safety Expectations 

  • Masks must be worn correctly at all times
  • Students will not be allowed to congregate anytime. 
  • During passing time, students are required to walk immediately to their next class, maintain social distancing and avoid gathering/blocking traffic in the halls and stairways.  
  • If your child is choosing to break social distancing rules, or refuses to wear their mask correctly, they will need to learn virtually. This is a strict and non-negotiable rule.  

Student Materials and Chromebooks

Students must bring their charged chromebooks and supplies to school each day. Chromebooks must be fully charged at home. We do not have the capacity to charge individual chromebooks. Chromebooks should be brought to school in a student backpack and handled with care.  Students in need of a Chromebook should contact their high school to be issued one.  MBCC does not sign out Chromebooks to students.  

Sanitizing Process

All rooms used are on a sanitation schedule. All CDC recommended material and processes are available and in motion. However, the most critical safety measures are to (1) maintain social distancing, (2) keep masks on and above the nose, and (3) hand washing and sanitizing .  

Student Quarantine Room

If your child is at school and begins to feel ill, we have designated a room for your child to wait in until he/she is picked up. This room is supervised and closely monitored to assure safety measures are followed.  

What if your child is a close contact?

In the scenario that your child is considered a “close contact” to another person who has tested positive, you will be notified immediately and with specific instructions. We will not provide the names of other people involved. To prevent this from happening, your transparency is needed. Err on the side of caution – keep your child home if they are not feeling well or are running a temperature or if they have been exposed to a COVID positive person. This is the reality of our current situation. Remember, your child will not be missing instruction since they can attend virtually.  

International Travel

International Travel will require additional measures before a student can return to school.  The health department states: Upon return from international travel, an individual should self-quarantine for 7-days, and at the end of the 7-days have another COVID PCR test that needs to be negative before the individual/student returns to school. (accurate as of 2/11/2021).

Learning Labs

Learning labs will be available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:45-2:55. The learning labs will either be at MBCC (no bus transportation is available, students must provide their own transportation or attend virtually through ZOOM).  Students can request extra assistance from the teacher during this time.  

The teachers will also use this time to set up meetings with students to provide extra support.  

Sincerely,

Winifred L. Green (Principal) and Oussama Baydoun (Assistant Principal)

Travel and Quarantine Requirements

Students and Parents:

See communication from Dearborn Public Schools below:

Thank you,
Abe Mashhour,
Director, Student Services and District Athletics:

Per our health officer at Wayne County Health Department:

“Upon return from international travel, an individual should self-quarantine for 7-days, and at the end of the 7-days have another COVID PCR test that needs to be negative before the individual/student returns to school.”


National CTE Month

What is CTE Month? 

Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Dearborn Public Schools is proud to offer many excellent Career an Technical Education programs to help students achieve “Education with a Purpose”

CTE Month® | ACTE

Online Etiquette for Parents

Let’s face it, as great as Dearborn Public School parents are, for the most part, they were not spending  their days in the classrooms at our schools before last year. 

But then COVD-19 dumped those classrooms into your house and now everyone is navigating this new  method of delivering education. To help parents and students with online learning, we have compiled  some etiquette tips for parents. We know that most families follow good protocols, but hopefully this  will help if some clarification is needed. We thank you in advance for that cooperation.  

Parents 

Please make sure students are prepared and participating. Ensure supplies and materials are ready,  and computers are charged or plugged in. Please make sure students log in on time. If you want your  child to get the most out of class, insist they turn on their camera even if the teacher does not require it.  

Remember teachers are there to teach your child. Teachers are managing their class and providing  instruction directed to your child. Please do not interrupt class with your questions or concerns. Those  are best emailed to the teacher. 

Be respectful. Teachers have had a difficult year too, and are working hard to make the best of a  situation they never expected to be in. Be patient and courteous. If you have concerns, please politely  bring those to the teacher outside of class time through email. Inappropriate language and demeaning or  aggressive behavior are not permitted. 

Don’t hover. Allow your child to interact with the teacher and do their own homework and  assessments. We always encourage parents to be involved and support their children in their learning,  but to learn and develop independence, each child needs to be engaged and doing his or her own work.  (Obviously our youngest students probably need more help from the adults at home.) 

Watch the background. Be aware that, depending on how your child’s camera and microphone are set  up, the behavior of you and others could be transmitted to the entire class. Be mindful of how you are  dressed, the language being used, and other such matters. 

Technology issues. Issues with technology will happen from time to time for a variety of reasons.  Please be patient when issues occur. For technical questions about your Chromebook, Schoology or  Zoom, please contact our parent and student tech support at parenthelp@dearbornschools.org or 313- 827-8400. 

Thank you for all your help! Together, we will make the best of this difficult year.

قواعد سلوك األهالي على اإلنترنت 

ىْ٘اجٔ األٍش، سغٌ عظَخ إٔبىً ٍذاسط دٌشثُ٘ اىعبٍخ، إال أُ ٍعظٌَٖ ىٌ ٌقض٘ا أٌبٌٍٖ فً صف٘ف اىذساعخ أالفزشاضٍخ فً ٍذاسعْب  قجو اىعبً اىَْصشً. 

صٌ أىقذ جبئحخ م٘فٍذ-91 ثحَو مو ٕزٓ اىصف٘ف فً ٍْبصىنٌ ٗأصجح مو ٗاحذ ٍْنٌ ٌغزنشف ٕزٓ اى٘عٍيخ اىجذٌذح ىزأٍٍِ اىزعيٌٍ. ٗىزىل،  ٍِٗ أجو ٍغبعذح األٕبىً ٗاىطالة، قَْب ثجَع ثعض اىْصبئح ح٘ه ق٘اعذ اىغي٘ك عيى اإلّزشّذ. ّعشف أُ ٍعظٌ اىعبئالد رزجع ٍشاعٌ  )ثشٗر٘م٘الد( جٍذح، ىنْْب ّأٍو ثبىَغبعذح عيى ر٘ضٍح ثعض األٍ٘س إرا دعذ اىحبجخ. مَب ّقذً ىنٌ شنشّب اىَغجق عيى رعبّٗنٌ. 

األهالي 

انزجاء انتأكذ مه جهىسية ومشاركة انطالب. رأمذٗا ٍِ جٖ٘صٌخ اىي٘اصً ٗاىَ٘اد، ٍِٗ أُ اىح٘اعت اَىٍخ ٍشحّ٘خ أٗ ٍ٘ص٘ىخ إىى  اىنٖشثبء. مَب ّشج٘مٌ اىزأمذ ٍِ رغجٍو دخ٘ه اىطالة إىى صف٘ف اىذساعخ اإلفزشاضٍخ عيى اى٘قذ اىَطي٘ة. ٗإرا أسدرٌ ٍِ  أٗالدمٌ/ثْبرنٌ أُ ٌغزفٍذٗا ٍِ صف٘فٌٖ إىى اىحذ األقصى، أصشٗا عيى فزح اىنبٍٍشا حزى إرا ىٌ ٌطيت اىَذسط/اىَذسعخ رىل. 

تذكزوا أن انمذرسيه/انمذرسات يتىاجذون نتعهيم أوالدكم/بىاتكم. ٌقً٘ اىَذسعُ٘/اىَذسعبد ثإداسح اىصف٘ف ٗرأٍٍِ اىزذسٌظ ألطفبىنٌ.  اىشجبء عذً ٍقبطعخ اىصف ثأعئيزنٌ أٗ قيقنٌ. ٍِ األفضو ر٘جٍٔ رىل إىى اىَذسط/اىَذسعخ عجش اىجشٌذ اإلىنزشًّٗ. 

أظهزوا إحتزامكم. اىَذسعُ٘/اىَذسعبد ٌ٘اجُٖ٘ عْخ صعجخ أٌضب، ٌٗعَيُ٘ ثجٖذ ىـزأٍٍِ األفضو فً ظشٗف ىٌ ٌز٘قع٘ا أُ ٌنّ٘٘ا  فٍٖب. مّ٘٘ا صج٘سٌِ ٗىطٍفٍِ. إرا مبُ ىذٌنٌ أي قيق، أعيَ٘ا اىَذسط/اىَذسعخ ثزىل فً سعبىخ ثشٌذ إىنزشٍّٗخ خبسط أٗقبد دٗاً  اىصف، عيَب ثأّٔ ٍِ غٍش اىَقج٘ه إعزخذاً ىغخ غٍش ٍْبعجخ ٗعي٘ك ٍٍِٖ أٗ عذائً. 

ال تحىمىا حىل انطالب/انطانبات. إعَح٘ا ألطفبىنٌ أُ ٌز٘اصي٘ا ٍع اىَذسط ٗاىقٍبً ثفشٗضٌٖ ٗٗاججبرٌٖ ٗإخزجبسارٌٖ. صحٍح أّْب دائَب  ٍب ّشجع األٕبىً عيى ٍشبسمخ ٍٗغبّذح أطفبىٌٖ عيى اىزعيٌ، ىنِ مو طفو/طفيخ ثحبجخ إىى اإلىزضاً ٗاىقٍبً ثعَئ/عَيٖب ٍِ أجو رعيٌ  ٗرطٌ٘شاإلعزقالىٍخ. )ٍِ اىطجٍعً أُ ٌحزبط اىطالة األصغش عْب إىى ٍغبعذح أمضش ٍِ اىشاشذٌِ فً اىَْضه(. 

إوتبهىا نخهفية انحصة انذراسية. مّ٘٘ا حزسٌِ ألّٔ ٍِ اىََنِ ثش رصشفبرنٌ ٗرصشفبد اَخشٌِ إىى مبٍو اىصف، حغت ٗضعٍخ  اىنبٍٍشا ٗاىٍَنشٗفُ٘ فً أجٖضح اىحبعت اىخبصخ ثأطفبىنٌ. أّزجٖ٘ا ىنٍفٍخ ىجغنٌ، اىيغخ اىَغزخذٍخ، ٗغٍش رىل ٍِ األٍ٘س. 

انمشاكم انتقىية. عز٘اجٖنٌ ٍشبمو رقٍْخ ٍِ حٍِ َخش ٗألعجبة ٍزعذدح.اىشجبء اىزحيً ثبىصجش عْذ حذٗس رىل. ٌَٗنْنٌ عْذ ٍ٘اجٖخ  أٌخ ٍشبمو فً جٖبص اىنشًٗ ث٘ك (Chromebook ،(عن٘ى٘جً (Schoology ،(أٗ صًٗٗ (Zoom (اإلرصبه ثبىَغبعذح اىزقٍْخ ىألٕو  ٗاىطالة عِ طشٌق org.dearbornschools@parenthelp أٗ اىٖبرف سقٌ 88<0-8:0;( 9. ); 

شكزا نمساعذتكم! معا، يمكىىا أن وعمم األفضم في هذي انسىة انصعبة.

Automotive Instructor Needed!

Dearborn Public Schools is looking for a teacher for our Automotive Technician program. Full-time, permanent position with Teacher contract, salary, benefits (health, vision, dental, life, retirement). Michigan Standard Teaching Certificate Preferred, but candidates with high school diploma/GED and 2-years (4000) documented work experience in automotive setting qualify.

Interested candidates may apply online: https://www.applitrack.com/…/JobPostings/view.asp…

Learn more about the program here: https://berry.dearbornschools.org/automotive-technician…/

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, it is the policy of the Dearborn School District that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, age, disability, height, weight, or marital status, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination during any program or activity or in employment.

Community Partners Needed!

Our Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs work in partnership with local Business and industry Partners in the Dearborn Community. Together, we seek to continuously improve our programs with input from our partners so that we can better meet the employment needs of the community and provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to college and/or career after high school. Together, we can “Prepare the Students of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow!”

CLICK THIS LINK TO FILL OUT OUR COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS PARTNER QUESTIONNAIRE AND CONNECT WITH OUR CTE PROGRAMS.

Currently, Dearborn Public Schools offers the following CTE programs (you can click on the name to learn more about the program):

Aspiring Dearborn Educators Preparing students for careers in Education , including: Teacher (Elementary, Secondary, Special Education and Adult Education), Paraprofessional, Child Care Associate, Tutor, Coach and Trainer.

Automotive Technician – Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) NATEF Certified (Edsel Ford and Fordson High School) Preparing students for careers in Automotive Maintenance including: Mechanic (automotive, diesel, small engine, aviation), Technician, Vehicle Sales, Engineer, Fabricator and Technical Support Specialist.

Computer Science and Programming Preparing students for careers in Computer Science including: Computer Engineer, Programmer, Application Developer, System/Network Analyst, Cybersecurity/Information Security Specialist and Web Developer.

Construction Trades (Edsel Ford and Fordson High School) Preparing students for careers in Residential and Commercial Construction including: Carpenter, Contractor, Electrician, Plumber, HVAC Technician, Architect, Mason and Heavy Equipment Operator.

Criminal Justice and Law Careers Preparing students for careers in Law and Public Safety including: Police Officer, Corrections Officer, Public Safety (Fire, EMS, etc.), Lawyer, Legal Secretary, Paralegal Assistant, Security and Military careers.

Culinary Arts and Hospitality Preparing students for Careers in the Hospitality Industry including: Chef, Baker, Restaurant Owner/Manager, Caterer, Customer Service Specialist, Resort/Cruise Careers, Hotel Customer Service and Travel Careers.

Dearborn Business Academy Preparing students for careers in Business and Entrepreneurship through a unique program that allows student to simultaneously complete up to three basic and advanced programs in the following areas:

Accounting and Finance Preparing students for Financial careers including: Accountant, Auditor, Bookkeeper, Tax Consultant, Insurance Sales, Financial Analyst, Retirement Advisor and Banker.

Business Technology and Management Preparing students for Office careers including: Entrepreneur, Business Owner/Manager, Business Administrator, Office/Clerical Support Technician, Business Analyst, Operations Supervisory and Information Technology Specialist.

Marketing and Sales Preparing students for Marketing Careers including: Advertising, Digital/Social Media Marketing, Sales, Market Research, Brand Management and Sports & Entertainment Marketing

Health Sciences Preparing for Health and Medical careers including: Physician, Nurse, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Nurse Assisting, Medical Billing and Medical Office Assistant.

Information Technology and Design Technology Preparing students for Digital and Computer careers including: Web Developer, Digital Graphic Designer, Architecture and Design Professional, Product Designer, Graphic Artist, Content Developer, Computer Technician, System/Network/Security Analyst, Simulation/Animation/Game Designer and Digital Artist.

Welding Technician (Edsel Ford High School) Preparing students for careers in Manufacturing including: Welding, Fabrication, Construction, Skilled Trades, Engineering Support, Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping.

CLICK THIS LINK TO FILL OUT OUR COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS PARTNER QUESTIONAIRE AND CONNECT WITH OUR CTE PROGRAMS.

Message from the Superintendent

November 11, 2020


Greetings,
As someone who enjoys a good long run there have been a few times when I’ve reached that point where I wasn’t sure if I could push on. They call that “hitting the wall.” It’s that point when your body feels it can’t go any further. There is a physical component that allows you to get past that point and continue, but your mind, your will, your mental determination to overcome plays a much greater part in conquering the wall.

We as a community, as a state and nation, have seemed to hit the wall in our fight against the spread of COVID 19. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of covid cases over the past several weeks and the term “COVID fatigue” has been heard more and more to describe just one of the reasons why this is happening. After eight months of cancelled plans, uncertainty, worry, and continuous efforts to mitigate the spread, we are all just
getting tired of “dealing with this.” We are all hitting our wall. But now is the time where we must dig deep and conquer the wall. We must help each other, remind each other, and continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Last week the District took steps to help mitigate the community spread of the virus by suspending our remaining in-person learning labs. Since infection rates in the community, and in the state, continue to increase we feel the responsible action at this time is to take further steps now rather than later to help slow the spread of this virus.

The District will be reducing the number of staff in buildings and encouraging students, parents, and community members to help support these measures.


School offices will remain open, with minimal staff, during normal school hours. We highly encourage parents and community members to communicate with staff electronically to avoid entering the building. It is understood that in some cases it may be necessary to enter a school in order to address an issue or concern. In these instances please contact the school to set up an appointment.


The Administration building will be open for public access by appointment only during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call (313) 827-3005 for Student Services, (313) 827-3002 for Human Resources, (313) 827-3100 for Payroll and Benefits, and (313) 827-3006 for all other questions.


The District has been following very stringent mitigation strategies that have proven to be effective in our schools. We are taking these additional proactive steps to help slow the spread of COVID- 19 and to keep our staff,
students and the community safe.


We have been wearing a mask, washing hands, social distancing, and for the most part avoiding large crowds. The increase in the number of cases is driving our decision making on school operations and our concern for the safety of students and staff. Many health experts are attributing part of the increase to extended family and friends gatherings. These events tend to create a false sense of safety and therefore people become more relaxed about following the rules. This may play an even bigger role in the spread of the virus as we move into a holiday season centered around family and friends coming together. I encourage everyone to do their part and remain committed to following safe practices and protocols that we know are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helping all of us as a community to overcome the wall.


Please avoid large gatherings and Mask Up Dearborn!


Regards,

Glenn M. Maleyko, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Dearborn Public Schools

Fall Parent Conferences (Virtual)

Parent Teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, November 12th and Wednesday, November 18th from 3:20 – 7:00 PM via Zoom.

Teachers will be sending an email to parents regarding student’s conference dates and times and options to sign up for identified timeslots.

If a parent needs a translator please let the teacher know ahead of time and we will arrange for a translator. 

Dr. Winifred L. Green
Principal, Michael Berry Career Center