DPSCD is preparing for your RISE!
DPSCD continues to offer flexible learning options and resources to support learning, health, and social-emotional well-being to our families and students this school year. A special board meeting was held on April 15, 2021. The board voted on the extended continuity plan. The following changes were made:
- The district will stay on pause from face-to-face instruction at least until the May Board meeting while the District continues to monitor infection rates.
- Learning Centers will open starting April 26 for ESE students and any student who needs in-person support. Additionally, this will allow students who desire to take state tests to do so in the buildings.
- Permit teachers who want to go into the classroom to teach students, the ability to do so, provided that they have students whose families desire to have that instruction.
Online Learning will continue to be an option for our students as we continue to monitor coronavirus infection rates. Please review the helpful information and resources about the District’s Reopening Plan and 2020-21 school year using the links on the right or by clicking on any of the links below.
- Face-to-Face Learning (On pause until May Board of Education meeting) – The decision to return to in-person learning and teaching follows careful and consistent use of science and data by closely monitoring COVID-19 infection rates as well as the District’s and DFT’s steadfast commitment to keep our students and employees safe. Students attend their school five days per week. Face-to-face students also have access to internet-enabled devices and academic support resources.
As it did for the opening of summer school in July and again at the start of the current academic year, DPSCD has extensive safety guidelines in place to protect students and employees. Safety measures include the required wearing of masks, deep daily cleaning of schools, classrooms, and buses as well as the taking of daily temperature and symptoms checks.
Learning Centers (Reopen April 26) – Students can attend school daily, eat breakfast and lunch, login to online learning instruction, and receive direct support from school personnel. The Learning Centers will be supported by district and school-based administrators, clerical staff, paraeducators, educational aides, culture facilitators, and substitute teachers. This is the same operational model used by the District before positive rates increased in mid-November and in-person learning had to be suspended. Students and families should note the following:
- Students are to bring in their loaner devices to use at school and take back home daily.
- Students are not to bring their Connected Futures devices; the school will provide a loaner device for students at the Learning Centers and students can use their Connected Futures devices at home.
- Online Learning – Students remain connected to their brick-and-mortar school and participate in a mix of live, daily online instruction from certified teachers, as well as independent work at home. Students receive resources like internet-enabled devices, planners, workbooks, access to the Homework Hotline, and daily meals (breakfast and lunch).
Please be advised that due to the city’s extraordinarily high seven day COVID infection rate at 15% we will take an extra pause and plan to return to in person teaching and learning April 19. This is an additional week of pause from the last message you received due to infection rates worsening. This means that your child will learn online for the week of the April 5 and 12. Select schools will continue to provide Grab and Go breakfast and lunch next week and IT and Parent Resource Hubs will reopen the week of April 12. If you plan to have your child take the MSTEP, PSAT, or SAT then schools will be still be open to testing.
All students will follow the same academic calendar and bell schedule regardless of face-to-face, online learning, or learning center. Check out the District’s 2020-21 calendar here.
Who We Are
Detroit Public Schools Community District is Michigan’s largest public education system. It is governed by a locally-elected, seven-member board with Dr. Nikolai Vitti serving as superintendent. We champion a whole child approach that combines superior academics with socio-emotional, extracurricular, and health services tailored to each student's needs.
We educate and empower every student, in every community, every day, to build a stronger Detroit.
All students will have the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to thrive in our city, our nation, our world.
Our Core Values
Students First – Make decisions that are in the best interest of students. Use every resource strategically so that we can meet students’ individual needs.
Excellence – Be relentless in your pursuit of greatness. Be bold and innovate. Learn from your mistakes. Hold yourself and others to high standards.
Integrity – Do the right thing, even when no one is looking. Be honest. Be trustworthy. Be accountable.
Equity – Diversity is an asset that makes us stronger. Advocate for the needs of others. Ensure that all members of our community have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful.
Service – Listen. Empathize. Respond. Own problems and help to solve them.
Tenacity – Embrace hard work and persevere in the face of challenges. Follow through on your commitments and strive to do your best, no matter what.