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DPSCD Back to School Guide

DPSCD Back to School Guide

  • 2023-2024 School Year Academic Calendar
  • The 23-24 School Year Academic Calendar is available online, DPSCD students and families note these key dates to ensure a smooth start to the new year. Read more here.
  • DPSCD Public Safety For the safety of our students, the Office of Public Safety encourages families to establish a safety plan for this 2023-24 school year. Families are encouraged to contact their child’s school to understand safety protocol and procedures. To contact DPSCD Public Safety by phone, please call (313)748-6000. If it is an emergency and not school related, please dial 911.
  • DPSCD Parent Toolbox Families, please click on the link to the Parent Toolbox for quick access to tools you’ll need all year. We recommend bookmarking this page, it will help you to navigate to the PowerSchool Login, ESE Support (formerly Special Education), the Family Hub, Student Resources, and Volunteer Opportunities.
  • DPSCD PSL Athletics Check student eligibility, the calendar and contact information to acquire support.
  • Exceptional Student Education Families who require support from the Office of Exceptional Student Education, please find important information using the link to connect to the appropriate resources.
  • DPSCD Family and Community Engagement The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) supports families to advocate for their children by providing valuable resources to families. FACE oversees the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the DPSCD Parent Academy, Student Leadership Program, Homeless, Volunteers and more. Click the link to sign up for the Parent Academy free workshops and view the catalog.
  • Sign up to be a volunteer today, choose to become a greeter, a noon hour aide, a Let’s Read volunteer and more you are invited to consider ways to contribute to our students’ rise. In accordance with DPSCD policy, all volunteers must submit or renew their volunteer status through the galaxy volunteer process. If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact the FACE office at (313) 873-7490.
  • Office of School Nutrition Make sure you stay up to date on how DPSCD is taking care of your child’s nutrition. Use the link to find important information and forms.
  • Behavioral Health and Wellness Make sure you take the Universal Wellness Screening this Fall.

Health-related Services and Initiatives

    • Nurses: All DPSCD schools have a nurse that provides health services. Students in center-based schools may have 1:1 nurse to provide specialized care.
    • Dental and Vision Services: Onsite dental services provided for students; vision screening and glasses for students in need.
    • Behavioral Health Services: In addition to school social workers and school counselors, the District has a partnership with multiple behavioral health agencies that provide behavioral health services directly inside all our schools.
    • School-Based Health Centers: Our school-based health center partners provide students with a full spectrum of health-related services, from physical to managing chronic disease, behavioral health issues, and more.
    • Immunizations: We provide childhood immunizations, COVID and Flu vaccines through our traveling Nurse Vaccine Teams.


  • Learn about the DPSCD Health Hubs.
  • Transportation: The Office of Student Transportation will mail postcards to students scheduled to receive transportation services for the 2023-24 school year this week, August 21, 2023.  If you qualify for school bus service and do not receive a postcard prior to the start of school please call 313-945-8600. Please review this short video for school bus safety tips.


For families with questions about resources not mentioned please contact your child’s school for further guidance.