COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates
As information around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) develops, we will update information below for our families, parents, students and staff on this page.
If you or somebody you know is experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, with possible exposure to someone who has traveled or potentially been exposed to COVID19, please seek immediate medical help and contact:
- Detroit Health Department: 313-876-4000, 24 hours a day
- State of Michigan MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-535-6136, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 Letters, Statements & Press Releases
Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Per notification from local health department officials, the following are confirmed COVID-19 cases within Detroit Public Schools Community District:
Number - Type
Osborn High School
1 - Staff
Randolph Career Tech Center
1 - Contractor
DPSCD’s communication protocol regarding confirmed cases will include listing each instance above, direct notification to the school or central office department staff via email, and a follow up robocall/text to the location’s staff and families. All direct notifications will be listed in the COVID-19 Letters, Statements & Press Releases section below. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
Breakfast/Lunch and Academic Packet Pick-Up Locations
DPSCD has restructured their original student and family distribution plan to address the continued health concerns highlighted by the Governor’s latest “shelter in place” mandate and to better protect the health of employees. This plan will increase the number of meals offered to families and the number of meals offered throughout the week.
Beginning on Thursday, March 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., a revised list of 17 schools (see below) will offer students/families a bag of four pre-cooked breakfast meals and four pre-cooked lunches. Food distribution will continue every subsequent Monday and Thursday at the 17 schools. On Monday, three pre-cooked breakfast meals will be provided along with three pre-cooked lunches. On Thursdays, once again, four pre-cooked breakfasts and lunches will be provided. Students/families can pick up the food at any of the 17 sites. Monday and Thursday door to door delivery will still take place for medically fragile DPSCD students.
- EAST ENGLISH VILLAGE PREP HS
- FISHER UPPER
- KING HIGH SCHOOL
- BRENDA SCOTT
- WRIGHT, CHARLES
- CODY HS
- DOUGLASS ACADEMY
Instruction During COVID-19 Closure
As the District is closed in response to COVID-19, we are committed to continuing to support your students' learning. The District offers a number of ways for students to engage in learning even while they are away from school.
The recommended activities below will not take the place of regular classroom instruction but will supplement student learning at home. Assignments will not be required or graded. These activities are meant to provide optional opportunities for student learning while they are absent from school. We encourage families to continue student learning at home.
DOWNLOAD ACADEMIC PACKETS HERE: At-Home Activity Packs
- At-Home Activity Packs - Independent practice for K-8 Mathematics, Literacy, Social Studies, and Science. These can be printed for students to complete at home and include a Parent Guide for Mathematics. These packets will also be available for pick-up at the same schools providing Grab-n-Go breakfast and lunch.
- Khan Academy - Independent practice and guided learning for: K-12 Mathematics and Literacy; 9-12 Science and Social Studies, AP, and SAT
- MyOn - Large library of online books with built-in reading supports.
- i-Ready - Independent practice for K-8 Mathematics and Literacy.
- Newsela - News and events articles at a range of reading levels.
Accessing Online Resources
- For additional information about the District's online learning resources please see the Online Learning page.
Consider setting a schedule for your student
We recommend providing structure for your student. At school, students get used to their days following a certain structure. Communicating to your child that they will have a structure to follow for the next several weeks will set expectations and set everyone up to make the most out of this period of time.
Click here to access sample schedules:
Due to the COVID-19 3-week closure, the District is offering hours during the day for our Homework Hotline.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - Friday, April 3, 2020 the hours will be as follows:
- Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Friday - 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Contact The Hotline: call 1-833-466-3978 during operating hours
In accordance with MDE guidance and requirements for students with IEPs, DPSCD will have ESE (certified Special Education Teachers) available via the Homework Hotline.
Students: Learn about the Coronavirus
Click below to learn more about the science behind the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how viruses spread
- The Sneeze: How germs spread
- Mystery Science lessons about germs and viruses
- Myth Busters: The Safe Sneeze
- Corona Virus Q and A
Additional Web and Online Resources for DPSCD Students with Exceptional Learning Needs
General Information Around Understanding COVID-19 and Illness
The information below includes learning opportunities being provided to ALL Detroit Public School Community District students. Please note the Homework Hotline is available to ALL Students and may be reached by calling 1-833-466-3978 during operating hours or visiting the website page at www.detroitk12.org/homeworkhotline.
Visual Impairment - Braille or Enlargement Needs
- Please email Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org Visual Impaired Program Supervisor
Occupational and Physical Therapy
- Occupational and Physical Therapy Resources from Handwriting Without Tears: Occupational and Physical Therapy Resources
Children in Programs with Moderate to Severe Needs
- Instructions on how to access Attainment HUB: Attainment HUB Instructions for Interactive Learning
- MOCI and SCI COVID-19 Student and Teacher Resource List: MOCI & SCI
- Follow this link for access to K-5 digital resources through Attainment: Attainment's K-5 Digital Resources
- Follow this link for access to 6-12 digital resources through Attainment: Attainment’s 6-12 Digital Resources
Student and Families of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs
- American Sign Language (ASL and Vocabulary Practice and Development)
- Sign School: www.signschool.com
- Checking Hearing/Audiology Equipment:
- Center For Disease (CDC) Parents Guide to Hearing Loss: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/parentsguide/hearingloss/intervention-support.html
Learners Using Augmented Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices
- This is guidance for use of AAC Devices in the home for families and students with limited language and/or comprehension ability: https://www.assistiveware.com/blog/language-opportunities-using-aac-home
- Video of Tips for parents of learners who use AAC Devices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-t5HdcM84E&feature=youtu.be
- AAC for Caregivers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2Ko9PitsvA
Resources for Students with Speech & Language Needs
- Circle-Time: Provides live, interactive “Mommy and Me” classes that are convenient (and engaging) for parents and (fun and) educational for children. Every group session is led by a certified subject-matter expert. The hands-on sessions are evidence-based and promote healthy play activities that continue beyond the class. https://circletimefun.com/
- Articulation and Phonology: Online Articulation Games: (elementary/middle): https://www.quia.com/pages/khornig/sayitright
- Online Language and Articulation Games - Elementary & Middle School levels: https://www.quia.com/pages/playandlearn.html
- Library of Online Speech and Language Resources for Home Practice: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1o4Pij3wBbsJD83R2F7iqNM8Gy3QCgPezHHGdiW5gcpQ/mobilebasic
- Vocabulary Spelling City - Free access - Enter code: VSCFree90 upon registration on website.www.spellingcity.com
- Speech-Language Online Resources and Free Apps: Speech-Language Online Resources and Free Apps
- Speech-Language Resources for Home Practice: Speech-Language for Home Practice
Resources for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Challenging Behavior Toolkit and Videos: https://www.autismspeaks.org/tool-kit/challenging-behaviors-tool-kit
- Support for Siblings of Students with Autism: https://www.autismspeaks.org/tool-kit/siblings-guide-autism
- Understanding What A Social Story Is And How to Use Them: https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/social-stories-for-autistic-children/
- Positive Behavioral Intervention Support (Social Stories): https://www.pbisworld.com/tier-2/social-stories/
- Toddlers with Autism (Ages 0-5): https://asdtoddler.fpg.unc.edu/
- The Autism Tool Kit contains resources to help children, teens, and adults with autism interact successfully at home, in school, and in the workplace.
- This resource includes downloadable PDFs and helpful links for parents & families: http://autism-support.org/autism-resources/autism-tool-kit
- The link below includes a list of communication apps, organization apps, and educational apps for individuals with autism and other special needs: http://autism-support.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/iPhone-iPod-Touch-Apps-for-Special-Ed.pdf]
- Autism Tool Kit Links:
- Click the link and scroll down to see an extensive collection of free Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) cards: http://trainland.tripod.com/pecs.htm
- Free Printable Autism Communication Cards:
- These free autism communication cards are perfect for making your own schedules, social stories, and talking cards: http://www.dotolearn.com/picturecards/printcards/index.htm
- Free Printable Emotion and Behavior Cards:
- Print out these cards to communicate about hygiene, housekeeping, scheduling, and emotions/self-management: http://www.usevisualstrategies.com/AutismVisualPrintablePictures.aspx
- Story Builder - Free Social Stories Generator:
- Story Builder is a free software program that lets you create and print your own social stories: http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/inn/usabilityservices/download2.htm
- How to Write Your Own Social Stories:
- Social stories are easy to create once you understand how they work. This site tells you how to write your own social stories: http://www.autism-help.org/communication-social-stories-autism.htm
Early Intervention - Ages Birth to Three Years
- Have favorite stories read to you/your child by movie stars: https://www.storylineonline.net/
- ABCya! - Practice math and reading skills www.seussville.com Suessville Read play games with Dr. Suess and his friends: www.abcya.com
- PBS Kids - Hanging out with favorite characters while learning: www.pbs.org
- Toddlers with Autism: https://asdtoddler.fpg.unc.edu/
Early Childhood Preschool - Ages 2.6 Years through 5 Years Old
- Toddlers with Autism: https://asdtoddler.fpg.unc.edu/
- Switcheroozoo: Watch, listen & play games to learn all about amazing animals. Promotes Language and vocabulary development: www.switcheroozoo.com
- PBS Kids: Vocabulary & language development: https://pbskids.org
- Storyline Online: https://www.storylineonline.net
- Online Literacy Resources: Read aloud, Storytime, sing-along & more: https://growingbookbybook.com
- Reading Skill Building Ages 3 & up: https://www.squigglepark.com/
- Scholastic: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- YouTube Early Childhood Preschool Outcomes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPWk3SjKRAs
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Links for Exceptional Learners
- 25 Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children & Teens (+Tips): https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/
- 10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids: https://leftbrainbuddha.com/10-ways-teach-mindfulness-to-kids/
- Positive Behavioral Supports at home from the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS):https://www.apbs.org/about/families
- Positive Behavior Support Resource: https://www.pbisworld.com/tier-2/social-stories/
Mental Health Resources for All Learners
- Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA): https://dwihn.org/ or call 1-800-241-4949
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
- Mental Health. Gov Link: https://www.mentalhealth.gov/
- USA National Suicide Hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433
- U.S.A. Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233/TTY 1-800-787-3224
Math and Reading Activities for Exceptional Learners
Primarily for Students with Developmental Disabilities - Autism, Cognitive, Early Childhood Developmental Delay, etc.
- Math Activities for Younger Students:
- practice counting items around the home or in the yard (count pennies, spoons, socks as you fold laundry, etc.)
- practice adding and subtracting with items (have students label the number of items)
- work on simple money skills (identifying coins, adding and subtracting coins if they can)
- practice recognizing shapes around the house and outside
- draw and color a certain number of items
- Math Activities for Student Who Can Multiply/Divide:
- use playing cards to set up multiplication and division problems
- draw different shapes and label them
- measure things around the house
- help prepare meals and measure ingredients
- practice following multi-step directions
- Reading/ELA for Younger Students:
- have someone read to them and listen and retell the story in their own words
- identify different letters and sounds in story/article
- name the first sounds of items around the house
- practice writing their names and letters they know
- engage in conversation about anything – talk a lot
- describe how something tastes, feels, colors they see, how does something feel in their hand
- tell you a make-believe story and draw a picture about it
- Reading/ELA for Older Students:
- write about what they are doing
- write a make-believe story
- write a poem, song, rap, cartoon, comic strip
- orally tell you a story or describe what you are doing
- practice multi-step directions
COVID-19 Prevention & Resources
The best defense against any contagious illness is frequent and effective handwashing and seeking immediate medical assistance if experiencing symptoms.
Below are recommendations that we included in our letters to families and staff.
- Washing your hands with soap and water.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
Please refer to the links below for the most current information on taking precautions, symptoms, and situation updates.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- CDC COVID-19 Link: www.cdc.gov/COVID19
- CDC Steps to Prevent Illness: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- CDC Protect your family: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/protect/index.html
- CDC Guidance for Schools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools-faq.html
- CDC Talking With Your Child about COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Resources and Links
- MDHHS COVID-19 Link: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/
- MDHHS COVID-19 What to do if you have been exposed: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/Person_Exposure_Final_3-25-2020_684832_7.pdf
- MDHHS COVID-19 Link for Childcare & School Administrators: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98157---,00.html
- MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-535-6136, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week
- 2-1-1 Hotline: Please dial 2-1-1 to get connected to available mental health resource in your area. Michigan 2-1-1 is a free service that connects Michigan residents with help and answers from thousands of health and human services agencies and resources right in their communities—quickly, easily, and confidentially.
Detroit Health Department
- DHD Link: detroitmi.gov/health
- DHD Hotline: 313-876-4000, 24 hours a day; email: email@example.com
- DHD COVID-19: https://detroitmi.gov/departments/detroit-health-department/programs-and-services/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19
Online Mental Health Services
Community Care Services provides outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment for children, teens, and adults in Southeastern Michigan online through Telehealth. Telehealth will connect you to treatment through your computer, tablet or smartphone. A phone call option is available for those without internet access. For telehealth assistance, or to schedule an intake appointment visit Community Care Services at comcareserv.org/ or call 313-389-7500.