While we expect most students to return to school face-to-face full time in the Fall, a key learning from the pandemic is that for some students, virtual learning may provide a needed alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar learning environment. Beginning in 2021-2022, DPSCD will operate a standalone virtual school for students in grades K-12. The school will offer a menu of standard courses that lead toward graduation requirements but will not offer specialized programs such as IB, AP, dual language, etc. The DPSCD Virtual School will be staffed with its own dedicated principal, teachers, and support staff, and will issue grades and credits under its own school code and name and will employ many recommendations offered by this year’s Online Learning Task Force, provided they are allowable by the rules that govern virtual learning in Michigan.
Students who enroll in the Virtual School will be able to enroll for a semester at a time at the beginning of year and before the second semester. Students at the Virtual School will be able to maintain a seat at their “home” school for a period of up to one school year. Students new to DPSCD will also be eligible to enroll in the DPSCD Virtual School.