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Dr. Stiles Simmons


August 31, 2020



Dear Westwood Parents/Guardians:


This past spring was anything but typical for our school community.

 The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) forced us to create remote learning plans overnight, deliver instruction in new and unique ways (sometimes without access to technology) and try to maintain a sense of family while being socially distant. On behalf of everyone at Westwood Community Schools, I commend you for coming together during this challenging time. It is clear that when we work together, our students, our staff members and our community thrive.  


This summer, Governor Gretchen Whitmer  unveiled the MI Safe Start Plan, a guide outlining a phasing structure to support Michiganders as we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, on June 30, a MI Safe Schools: 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap was provided to guide school districts as they developed their own return to school plans based on each of the phases from the MI Safe Start Plan. With additional guidance from the Wayne County Health Department, we were able to develop the Westwood COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.  You can

find information about the plan on the Westwood Community School District website, please click the Return to School Portal link at the top of the website to find:

  •     Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
  •     Fall 2020 Learning options (hybrid, distance learning)
  •     COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Presentation
  •     2020-21 School Calendar
  •     Parent Survey Results

It is also important to remember that, although we have a preparedness plan in place, we understand there is the possibility of needing to make adjustments to school operations due to an outbreak of illness or by executive order. As always, we will provide updates to you via robocall, email, Class Dojo, and social media. Please make sure that we have your current contact information on file at your child’s school.


Additionally, to maintain the safety of our children, staff, and community, please continue to follow all COVID-19 health and safety requirements from the school district, Wayne County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  •     Wearing a face covering when indoors, especially when inside school buildings.
  •     Screening your child(ren) before sending them to school each day.
  •     Putting distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
  •     Cleaning your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  •     Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  •     Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
  •     Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.

It is our goal to ensure equitable access to education for all our students while continuing to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone in our school community.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s building principal.




Dr. Stiles X. Simmons



Office of the Superintendent

3335 S Beech Daly
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
Phone  (313) 565-1900
Fax:     (313) 565-3162
Dr. Stiles Simmons
Superintendent of Schools

E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: (313) 565-3864
Trudy Murry
– Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
– Secretary to the Board of Education

E-Mail: [email protected]
Phone: (313) 565-3864