Preparing for Your Rise
DPSCD is committed to a safe return to learning for all students, families, and staff this fall:
- We are listening. Learn about our planning and opportunities to give feedback.
- Online and face-to-face options for all families. Select the option that meets your needs.
- Smart safety measures. Keeping our students and staff safe and buildings clean.
- Supports for student learning. Investing in the Whole Child with supports for students.
Read the Superintendent’s Letter.
Ready to enroll for fall 2020? Learn about our enrollment options or text ENROLLTODAY to 22999.
We Are Listening
As the COVID pandemic evolves we will continue listening. We are committed to meeting the needs of our families and will continue to remain flexible as changes are anticipated. DPSCD has an active relationship with local and state health authorities and is following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). The District's four-phase safe return to school plan exceeds their guidelines and goes above and beyond to serve our students. Our plan is also informed by our most important stakeholders – our families, students, and staff.
Important Frequently Asked Questions
We are here to answer your questions about our reopening plan. Visit our page of frequently asked questions.
Important reopening information meetings
Upcoming events and opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback – stay in touch!
- DPSCD Reopening Town Hall – Join us Friday 7/31, 10:30 AM on Facebook Live for a Town Hall led by Dr. Vitti and featuring principals, teachers, and students.
- More town halls coming in August!
- Contact your school or email email@example.com with any reopening questions or concerns
- When school begins, we have committed to managing a dedicated hotline to report concerns. Call the safety hotline to report safety or health concerns in schools. Issues will be resolved and reports shared with the leadership team and School Board. Call 313-578-7018
Online and Face-to-Face Options
Every DPSCD school will offer families the option of online learning or in-person instruction for the fall.
- Online: Students receive daily, live online instruction from certified teachers, and remain connected to their brick and mortar school. Students will receive supports, like internet-enabled devices, planners, workbooks, and the Homework Hotline.
- Face-to-Face: Students will attend school five days per week with smaller classes – 20 or fewer students physically in one classroom. Students will have a heavy emphasis on English Language Arts and Math, but also continued access to art, music, PE, and recess.
Make your selection:
- Current families: Take our survey using your student’s log-in credentials, by August 21 at bit.ly/DPSCDReturn. Call 313-240-4377 with questions.
- New families: Make your selection using the School Reopening enrollment form during the enrollment process. You can also contact your new school directly or call 313-240-4377 for help.
- Visit our enrollment page
Smart Safety Measures
We are committed to keeping our students and staff safe through robust safety measures in our school buildings:
- Social Distancing: In-person classes will be capped at no more than 20 students per individual room. Larger spaces – auditoriums, gyms – will be used for additional distancing needs.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Students and Staff: Masks will be required, and reusable masks provided to all students and staff. Additional PPE will be available based on specific needs (e.g. face shields for teachers, KN95 masks for nurses).
- Good Hygiene: Bathrooms will be restocked regularly with soap and hand sanitizer located throughout buildings. Students and staff will undergo training on healthy hygiene practices.
- Careful Monitoring: All schools and offices have a clear process for entry, aligned with CDC guidance, including symptom and temperature checks for students and staff.
- Daily Cleaning and Disinfecting: Classrooms, offices, and shared spaces will have a posted cleaning log completed daily to verify cleaning (high-touch hard surfaces disinfected). All buildings will be cleaned and disinfected prior to staff and students returning.
Practicing Safety First #WeHaveAPlan
In the case of a confirmed COVID case or of a second wave of cases throughout the Detroit community, families can expect:
- Proactive communication about confirmed cases once information is confirmed with public health officials
- Buildings and offices will be closed for disinfecting before students and staff return
- Students will continue to engage in instruction online with regular assignments, attendance, and grades
We are prepared to transition fully to online learning if needed in case of a “second wave” and widespread required closures.
Whether online or in-person, DPSCD students and families will receive supports to serve the whole child.
- Thoughtful curriculum: Our online and in-person curricula are aligned and keep Detroit’s unique culture in mind.
- Proven learning tools: We’ve tested, refined, and re-tested our suite of online tools that meet the individual needs of each student and challenge them to rise.
- Access to technology: This summer, K-12 students enrolled since February 2020 are receiving Connected Futures devices, which come with six months of free mobile internet access. For new students continually enrolled through mid-October, a device will be distributed at that time. Devices will be used for in-person and online instruction settings.
- Social-emotional supports: The Detroit community has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our District is ready to meet students and staff where they are and support them physically and emotionally as we work together to navigate these unprecedented times.