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DPSCD Facility Master Plan (FMP) Update In 2019, Detroit Public Schools Community District had conversations with the community about the status of DPSCD's facilities. We held a series of community conversations and heard about priorities for our facilities. Today, we continue this work and share with you a 20-year vision for DPSCD's facilities and a series of investments to help us achieve that vision. We invite you to learn more, get involved by attending an upcoming community meeting, and share your thoughts by completing a brief online survey if you are unable to attend a meeting. In addition, read the comprehensive web story on FMP that includes a link to the plan as well as upcoming community meeting dates, times and locations. The first online meeting is Tuesday, March 1 for Cody, Mumford, and Henry Ford communities. 

Through the Facility Master Plan (FMP), DPSCD proposes to:  

  • Invest $700M in federal relief funds to make one-time investments in our facilities to improve buildings to best serve our students and families. 
  • Offer our families improved indoor and outdoor spaces to support high-quality programs throughout the District, and provide the facilities needed to fully live out the District's vision and strategic priorities. 
  • Make a strong initial investment for our long-term facility's needs – which total over $2 billion – by making the most important, catalytic investments that will set our district on a path of long-term sustainability.  

March is National Reading Awareness Month! Tuesday, March 1, 2022, kicks off the start of National Reading Awareness Month. In recognition, District schools, such as Coleman A. Young Elementary, led by English Language Arts (ELA) Master Teacher Melanie Wallace, will conduct fun activities to inspire reading. You too, can engage your child in the joy of reading, even when they are not in school. Read how you can be part of the Read Aloud 15 Minutes initiative that seeks to positively improve the priority of literacy in the District and across the city.  

Celebrate Women’s History Month in March:  DPSCD is elevating and celebrating the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women throughout the month of March, which includes recognizing International Women’s Day on March 8, 2022. Whether members of the District’s Board of Education, an administrator, teacher, staff person or female student, every DPSCD woman has a story to tell and gifts that they share with the community and the world. Click to find ways you can celebrate women in March and beyond!   

The Expect Respect Character Trait for March is Honesty: District educators and staff will take the lead on teaching grade appropriate lessons on Honesty this month. Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to take the pledge and commit to the activities. Rise Up with DPSCD and fill out your pledge cards:   

Enrollment Launch: The District has resources to help you enroll in a DPSCD school for the 2022-23 school year! Starting this Wednesday, March 2, from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., the Office of Enrollment kicks off its Welcome Wednesday webinars. Click here to find this week’s featured schools and other details. Also, save the date of Saturday, April 9, 2022, for the Level Up Expo to provide an opportunity for students to taste the high school experience. Stay tuned for more details!   

Reminder:  

Please join an upcoming Student Code of Conduct review and feedback session on Thursday, March 3, 2022. Students are invited at 4 p.m. & Families and Community Stakeholders at 5 p.m. For more information, please visit https://www.detroitk12.org/codeofconduct 

Stay updated weekly, by visiting DPSCD's Family Newsletter sent every Monday at 6 p.m. by SMS text: https://bit.ly/DPSCDFamNews. If you opted out of receiving texts but would like to receive them, please text START to "60680" from the phone line that has been opted out for non-emergency messages.  Reply START to "54968" for emergency message