Virtual School Update Sept. 10, 2021
Sept. 10, 2021 Update
I hope you and your children have enjoyed their first week of school! It has been joy to see everyone back in school this week! I wanted to take a moment to not only thank you for trusting us with your child’s education but to share that the deadline to enroll your child in our district’s virtual school is Friday, September 17th. As we have shared, the DPSCD Virtual School is a new, completely separate school that provides regular, live instruction in grades K-12. DPSCD teachers are assigned to the school to teach students through Teams and Schoology on a schedule that mirrors that of a traditional face-to-face school (8:00 – 3:10 for elementary and 8:00 – 3:20 for secondary students).
Students can enroll in the Virtual School for a semester or the full year and will have a seat at their home school reserved for them for one year. The Virtual School does not offer specialized programs such as Montessori or dual-language and does not currently offer athletics. Students who would like to play sports must attend their home school in person. Limited virtual afterschool clubs and activities will be offered this year and we plan to expand our offerings in future years.
Current DPSCD families who would like to transfer out of their current school and enroll in the DPSCD Virtual School for first semester or the entire year must complete this brief survey (http://bit.ly/21-22Return) before September 17th. Families new to DPSCD can begin the application online at https://bit.ly/21-22NewStudent. Requests for the Virtual School in first semester will not be accepted after September 17th. Right now, the Virtual School is enrolling students on a rolling basis and it may take a few days from the time you apply to the time you are enrolled and scheduled.
If your student has an IEP or a 504 plan, the ESE team will review their application to determine if a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) can be provided at the Virtual School. After you apply, expect outreach from the ESE team within 5 business days. If you have already completed the survey and received confirmation of your application, you will be contacted once the Virtual School has enrolled your student.
If you have any questions about the Virtual School, you can contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-644-0200. Due to high call volume this week, please be patient and the team will get back to you within 24 hours of your call. If your student has an IEP and is interested in the Virtual School, you can contact the ESE Virtual School hotline at (313) 748-6353.
Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti, DPSCD
Students and Families,
As we plan for the upcoming school year, we expect nearly all students to return in person to their schools. At the same time, we do know some students excelled online this year and prefer that form of learning or may have medical conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID or prevent them from taking the vaccine.
As was explained through a number of Engagement Sessions, DPSCD will be offering a separate K-12 Virtual School next year. We encourage families to only consider the virtual school option if their child was not chronically absent last year and passed all of their second semester courses. If you would like to attend the Virtual School and you were chronically absent or failed one or more classes, you may enroll, but will do so on a probationary basis and progress will be evaluated during the first semester. Please note that the Virtual School will not function through your regular school and teachers. You will maintain your seat at your regular school for a full school year if you enroll in the Virtual School. You will need to commit to the Virtual School for a semester.
If you submit an application for the virtual school and your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), then the next step is meeting the unique needs of their IEP or 504 Plan. An IEP/Section 504 team meeting will be convened to determine if a free and appropriate public education can be offered within a virtual or remote setting and you will be contacted within five (5) business days.
If your student was enrolled in DPSCD last year, you can begin the enrollment process for your student in DPSCD’s Virtual School survey by using the following link: http://bit.ly/21-22Return. As with other surveys, you will need your student’s login information to complete the survey.
If you are a new family to DPSCD—welcome! You can submit your application for the virtual school using the following link: https://bit.ly/21-22NewStudent
If you have questions about your student’s eligibility for the Virtual School, or if you need additional support, you can call the District’s Help Desk at (313) 240-4377, 7 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Nikolai P. Vitti, Ed.D.
Detroit Public Schools Community District