Reopening Dearborn Public Schools

Reopening plan

The Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education has voted to restart schools with a blended program once COVID conditions improve in the community.  Trustees updated this plan during their special meeting on Jan. 23. (Learn more about the COVID requirements for reopening on our COVID page.)  

Blended learning will start on March 1.   See the timeline below for when different grades will return.  Note that half the students in that grade will start on that Monday and the other half return on Tuesday.   Watch for information from your child’s school about which days they will attend and more specific information about how their day will look.

Blended learning

All students will return to school in blended learning, meaning they will be at school on either Monday and Thursday (group A) or Tuesday and Friday (group B), with all students learning online from home on Wednesdays.  On the days a student’s group is not in the building, the child will still be working online.  For elementary students, home-learning days will be a blend of live and asynchronous instruction. Middle and high school students learning from home will participate in live class via Schoology/Zoom for all of their courses.

Busing and meals will be provided at all grade levels as school buildings reopen.

See the daily blended learning schedules below.  Note, these daily schedules will not start until students return to the buildings.  Until then, we are continuing with our remote learning schedules.  

Elementary blended learning.  Online students start at 8:35 a.m.  In-school sessions run from 9:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Note, Salina, Lowrey and McCollough will follow middle school start and end times.  

Middle school blended learning schedule Live school online or in-building from 8:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily. STEM will follow high school start and end times.  

High school blended learning schedule.  Live school online or in-building from 8 a.m. to 12:40 daily. 


Since the district has reached both COVID measures set by the Board of Education, Dearborn Public Schools will start bringing students back to schools in phases.

Week 0 – Feb. 8 to 12

  • The district learns both community conditions have been met on the Wayne County Health Department reports.  That includes at least a D grade on the risk matrix and a 5 percent or lower positivity rate.  (Both reports are listed on our COVID page.) 
  • Thursday (Feb. 11) will be a full day of asynchronous as staff receive COVID vaccinations. 
  • Friday (Feb. 12) there is no school.  The first day of mid-winter break.

Week 1 – Feb. 15 to 19

  • Learning labs resume, including Act 18 special education.   
  • Most staff report to work.
  • Monday, Feb. 15 – mid winter break.  Schools are closed.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, is a half day.  Teachers will use the afternoon to prepare for students to return to schools.

Week 2 – Feb. 22 to 26

  • Learning labs continue

Week 3 – March 1 to 5

  • Grades kindergarten, first, second, sixth and ninth start in-school blended learning. 
  • March 4 and 5 are remote learning days (students at home for classes) to allow staff to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Week 4 – March 8 to 12

  • Grades preschool, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and 10th start in-school blended learning. 
  • March 11 and 12 are remote learning days (students at home for classes) to allow staff to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Week 5 – March 15 to 19

  • Grades eighth, 11th and 12th start in-school blended learning.

    Remote learning

    Even after blended learning starts, Dearborn Public Schools will continue with the remote learning platforms students have been using since school started this year.  Each student will continue to have a mix of live lessons with a teacher, face-to-face or online, and independent work to complete on their own. 

    A girl in a face mask poses outside an elementary school.

    Dearborn Virtual Learning Program

    In an effort to meet the needs of our students who live within the Dearborn Public Schools boundaries and want a virtual learning option, the district will offer a 100% on-line learning alternative for kindergarten through 12th grade students beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.  Students who switch to the Virtual Learning Program, will be taught by Dearborn Public School staff in a 100% virtual setting for the entire school year.  This selection is a year long commitment for the virtual learning program. 

    Our Plan

    District COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

    Dearborn Mitigation Plan

    Face-to-face instruction details

    Extended Learning Plan

    District Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Public Act 149

    Reconfirmation Meeting

    Required Every 30 Days After Initial Plan Approval

    Facilities & Cleanliness

    Safety protocols and Screening

    التنظيف و التعقيم

    Early Childhood

    Information and Resources

    إعادة فتح المدارس لمرحلة الطفولة المبكرة


    Athletic Protocols

    الألعاب الرياضية

    Special Education

    Information and Resources

    التعليم الخاص

    Food Service

    خدمات الطعام


    Safety Protocols

    الحافلات وعملية نقل الطلاب ‏

    Face Covering Protocols

    أغطية الوجه

    Hygiene Protocols

    النظافة الشخصية

    Testing Protocols

    الفحص الطبي

    Screening Protocols

    الفحص الوقائي


    General information 313-827-3006 or

    Social emotional hotline 313-827-8500 or

    Parent and student tech support 313-827-8400 or

    Student Services 313-827-3005

    Special Education 313-827-7050



    COVID Exposure – when to stay home

    COVID Exposure – when to stay home  (Arabic version)


    Home Learning Hub

    This site is a resource for students and families during online learning.