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Check Out Five Things You Need to Know This Week!

Update: Continuity of Learning Plan Approved at Special Board of Education Meeting on 4/15/21: The District will stay on pause from face to face instruction at least until the May Board meeting. Please read the approved Continuity of Learning Plan here. In addition, Learning Centers will open at all DPSCD schools starting the week of April 26, 2021. For more information on breakfast and lunch options in the Learning Centers as well as your options for upcoming state assessment testing, please click here.

Free COVID-19 Saliva Testing Now Available at Renaissance High School: The District, in partnership with LynxDx, is providing free, COVID-19 saliva testing at Renaissance High School, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saliva PCR testing is a non-invasive option that is appropriate for all ages (no swabs). No advance registration is needed. Renaissance High School is located at 6565 W. Outer Drive in Detroit.

Pandemic (P- EBT) Cards Announcement to DPSCD Families: Through its Pandemic-EBT program, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is giving food benefits to families with children who are not able to get free or reduced price school meals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found at You can also call 1-833-905-0028 for more information. 

DPSCD Office of Equity, Advocacy & Civil Rights Announcement: In conjunction with the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the District is committed to ensuring accessibility for all. Please visit for procedures on how interested persons, including persons with mobility impairments can obtain information as to the existence and location of a playground that is accessible and how to request the relocation of programs, services and activities that are not accessible. 

Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Parent Meeting Wednesday, April 21st at 5 p.m. ESE Parents, this meeting is designed for you! To improve the learning experience for our exceptional students, please join Board of Education Vice-President Dr. Deborah Hunter Harvill and DPSCD Deputy Superintendent Iranetta Wright for this informative session. Please visit for the online meeting link as well as how to join by telephone.

 In Case You Missed It and This Week’s Reminders:

DPSCD Student-Athlete Earns State of MI Mr. Basketball Award: Congratulations to Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men boys’ varsity basketball student-athlete Pierre Brooks II on being selected as the state’s Mr. Basketball for the 20-21 season. Pierre led the Hurricanes to the Division 4 state basketball championship earlier this month. Upon graduation in June, Pierre will take his academic and basketball careers to Michigan State University. Good luck Pierre!

Grab and Go Meals Returns to Normal Schedule: A reminder that Grab and Go Meals are back on their normal Monday & Thursday schedule from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For a full list of updates and information, please visit

Save the Date: State Assessments Testing Planned to Begin Week of April 26:

Pending assessment of scientific data and public health guidance related to the pandemic, the District is planning to begin state assessment testing the week of April 26. Please check with your schools for more information and details as the assessment start date approaches.