What to know as Detroit public schools resume in-person learning

1,000 returning students to receive full face-to-face instruction

20K DPSCD students return to school with only 20-30% of teachers returning
20K DPSCD students return to school with only 20-30% of teachers returning

DETROIT – In-person instruction resumed Monday at Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings.

About 20,000 students have opted to return to the classroom amid the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. However, only about 20-30% of teachers have agreed to return.

Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti estimates only about 1,000 of the returning students will receive full face-to-face instruction right now.

Detroit resumes in-person learning
Detroit resumes in-person learning

READ: In-person learning resumes today at Detroit public schools

Some teachers are still teaching remotely, even if their students are at the school. Students will either have supervision from a teacher or an adult if they are physically at school.

The president of the teachers union is traveling with the school superintendent on Monday to look at the mitigation measures that are being taken to protect staff and students. The president will report back to the teachers.

READ: Detroit public schools say there aren’t enough teachers to meet the demand as schools reopen

Detroit public schools resume in-person learning
Detroit public schools resume in-person learning

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About the Authors:

Paula Tutman is an Emmy award-winning journalist who came to Local 4 in 1992. She's a Peace Corps alum who spent her early childhood living in Sierra Leone, West Africa and Tanzania and East Africa.

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