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Dearborn Schools Offering Free Lunch, Breakfast To All Students

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-All students except preschool now eligible for free meals under special federal guidelines

Dearborn Public Schools is expanding its free lunch programs to all students, regardless of family income.

The District was recently informed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) that it was eligible to offer free meals across the district based on criteria in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s school meals program.  Previously, free meals under CEP were offered to all kindergarten to 8th grade students at 14 schools in the district.   Free meals across the rest of the district started the week of September 10, 2018.

“Any time we can provide our students with resources that will help them be successful in school, such as a nutritious breakfast and or a healthy lunch, that’s a positive that we cannot pass up,” said Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko.

Studies show that good health, including good nutrition is important to student success.

While students will not need money to buy meals, most schools will continue to offer individual items for sale in their cafeteria such as extra milk, snacks, or a second lunch.  Children would need money in hand or in their student account to buy those items.

The CEP program will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year.  Students who already paid for lunches will have that money refunded to their student accounts or might be eligible for a refund.   Any refund details are still being considered, and details will be shared with schools as soon as they are available.

Even with the expansion of the lunch program, the district will still ask families to fill out information about household income, although on a different form.  This information is needed for schools to be eligible for other programs, including federal Title 1 funding. Dearborn Public Schools received more than $12 million in such funding last year. Dearborn Schools will also have to occasionally survey selected families to see if the district still qualifies for CEP.

While not all of Dearborn’s schools qualify for CEP on their own, the district used a provision that allows it to average schools together to meet the threshold for all its 36 kindergarten through 12th grade schools.  The program is not available to preschool students, so it will not be offered at Cotter School. (Students enrolled in the GSRP program at Cotter can qualify for free or reduced lunch under other federal programs.) Students will also be able to get free breakfasts in the buildings that offer the CEP program.  Across Michigan, 652 schools participate in CEP.

CEP was designed to allow schools or districts with a higher percentage of low-income families to streamline the free lunch process.  To qualify for the program, the area needs to have 40 percent of students automatically identified for free lunch. Typically, that means the family already receives some other type of assistance such as food stamps or Medicare.

The schools that were already enrolled in CEP include Becker Elementary, Henry Ford Elementary, Lowrey School, Maples Elementary, McCollough Elementary, McDonald Elementary, Miller Elementary, Oakman Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Salina Elementary and Intermediate, Unis Middle, William Ford Elementary and Woodworth Middle.

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2018-19 Legal Announcements Now Available

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The law requires the Dearborn Public Schools to provide parents or guardians a set of legal announcements containing information on laws pertaining to students and parents. All parents and guardians are encouraged to take a moment and review the document. The updated version of these announcements is now available on the district website.

Parents wishing to review a hard copy of the Legal Notices can also visit any Dearborn Public School or the Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette to pick up a copy.

If you have any questions or comments, please call the Communications Office at 827-3006.

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Class Lists Published

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McCollough class lists have been published and are available on the windows outside of the main elementary office. If you wish to see the class lists, stop by and check them out.  Also, school starts on Monday, August 27th. It will be a half day for all students.

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Passphrase changes extend Summer Learning Due Date

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Due to changes in student passwords- the deadline for the summer learning requirements for Math and LA has been extended to Sept. 7th
The following is an update on information about the passprhase change.  All students have received a new passphrase on their 2018-2019 schedule and should reset all of them for this school year:
Please be aware that all students Grade 6-14 will have their passphrase reset on the morning of Monday, August 20th. Passphrases will be reset to a unique string. Each student will have a passphrase that is unique to them.
The passphrase (labeled as Password:) will be printed on Student Schedules (see attachment).
  • Change your password on August 20th to something that only you know AND can remember.
  • Do NOT lose your Student Schedule.
  • Do NOT share your Schedule with anyone else.
  • Do not take a picture of Student Schedule and share it.
  • Do NOT share your passphrase with anyone else.
August 20th is the day that the passphrases will change. The passphrase printed on your schedule will not work until August 20th. Starting August 20th, the passphrase printed on your schedule will be your passphrase until you change it.

Remember that good digital security is everyone’s responsibility. You should not reuse passphrases. Your passphrase should be long (at least 10 characters) and memorable to you.