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DPSCD Family Holiday Resources and Supports

One of Detroit Public Schools Community District’s (DPSCD) core values is providing service to our staff, students and families throughout the academic and calendar year. While DPSCD is on Holiday Break from December 26, 2022, to January 8, 2023, students and families can use this guide for access to information on immunization and vaccination clinics, academic enrichment exercises as well as access to mental health resources and much more. We can’t wait to see you back in school on Monday, January 9, 2023. Be safe and enjoy!

Vaccinations and Immunizations for the Community

In partnership with the Detroit Health Department (DHD), families can continue to make immunization and vaccination appointments at DHD’s 100 Mack location. A special holiday schedule will be in place December 27, 2022-December 29, 2022, with hours from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, please visit  or call DHD’s Immunization Clinic directly at (313) 876-4667. For COVID-19 testing appointments at Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Rd., please visit You can also call (313) 230-0505 for more information. Similar to DHD’s 100 Mack location, a special holiday schedule will be in place December 27, 2022-December 29, 2022, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Northwest Activities Center location.

DPSCD Staff and Student COVID-19 Testing

DPSCD staff and students can continue to get COVID-19 testing from LynxDx at two school locations: Renaissance High School (6565 W. Outer Drive, Detroit, 48235) and East English Village Preparatory Academy (5020 Cadieux Rd. in Detroit, 48224). Each test site will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2022,-December 26, 2022, and again from December 30, 2022,- January 2, 2023. As a reminder, normal hours of operation for the test sites are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday.

Detroit Water and Sewage Lifeline Plan

Developed in partnership with community advocates and water affordability experts, the new Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) Lifeline Plan is an income-based water affordability plan. It offers qualifying customers a fixed monthly rate that will significantly reduce their monthly bill – and erase any past debt. Please click  here for more information.

Behavioral Health Support Through the Holidays

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can add to our already stressful lives. In conjunction with Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, support is available while DPSCD is on Holiday Break.

  • Crisis and Mental Helpline: (800) 241-4949 (24/7) | TTY: (800) 630-1044 (24/7) 
  • For help with substance abuse, call: 24/7 hotline for help: 1-800-241-4949 
  • For other support services, please contact Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Toll-Free: 888-490-9698 or 313-833-3232.   

Through the DPSCD’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), you can keep your child engaged during the Holiday Break through an array of resources, from maintaining momentum with literacy and math instruction to games designed to enhance learning. Please see the chart below with links for a variety of activities for students of all ages: 








myON® gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. myON helps match student’s interests, grade, and Lexile® reading level. It also gives students reading tools and supports to improve engagement and achievement.



Storyline Online

Watch videos books being read aloud by famous actors and actresses. Listening to read-alouds can improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, and inspire a lifelong love of reading. 



PBS Kids Science

Students can play games to learn about science from their favorite PBS Kids characters. Build a station for the Dino Train, explore the sounds of the Cat in the Hat, and more!



Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

The Almanac for Kids features a treasure trove of fun facts, awesome activities, and stellar stories that will keep kids of all ages entertained every day of the year!




Keep up momentum  with literacy and math instruction designed just for your student. Completing 45 minutes of iReady each week is ideal!

Clever Application

4 - 12

Kahn Academy

On Khan Academy, students can independently practice math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more. They can even prep for tests like the SAT and AP.



Farmer’s Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is more than just planting charts. It is updated each day with recipes, forecasts, astronomical data, and historical trivia.


5 - 12


The StarTalk® podcast covers a wide range of science topics from sports to space. Listen to guests like scientist Neill deGrasse Tyson, comedians, and tech industry leaders explore the world of science in people’s lives.


6 - 12


In iCivics, students play innovative games that help them understand how our political systems work by allowing them to experience it first-hand and empowering them to address real-world issues. Many games are even available as phone or tablet apps.



Available Food Resources for Families

In conjunction with Gleaners Community Food Bank and Forgotten Harvest, families can get food support during the holidays. Click the links for information on Gleaners Distribution System and Forgotten Harvest’s Find Food Resource. Also, led by the Office of School Nutrition (OSN), DPSCD’s regular meal schedule will resume on Monday, January 9, 2023.