May 8, 2019
Greetings DuVall Community,
For many in our community, the beginning of May is also the beginning of Ramadan. This is a period of time for Muslims to fast between sunrise and sunset. As a public school, it is important for us to maintain a secular status when is comes to promoting any religion in school while at the same time respecting the needs of our community and providing the best academic environment for all students.
We have many students who do take part in fasting during Ramadan and of course many who don’t. During lunch, students may sit at any one of a variety of tables. In addition, we have a table designated for those who may have a peanut allergy. During Ramadan we make a few tables available for students who are fasting and do not want to sit with students who are eating.
A recent post on social media gave the impression that the lunchtime arrangements at DuVall are very different than the actual conditions that exist in the school. The details of this individual event were not accurate and since there are multiple tables with space available to sit who are fasting, not fasting,as well as space to sit at the peanut free table.
Teaching a specific religion is not part of the curriculum or practices of the Dearborn Public Schools or DuVall Elementary School. Respecting the needs of our community, understanding different religions, and working together to build a safe and nurturing environment where all students can learn is a part of our district and our school.
As always, I am available by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (313-827-2754) to discuss any individual concerns or questions parents or community members may have regarding this topic or other school related issues.