What to know as Detroit public schools resume in-person learning
DETROIT – In-person instruction resumed Monday at Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings. Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti estimates only about 1,000 of the returning students will receive full face-to-face instruction right now. READ: In-person learning resumes today at Detroit public schoolsAdSome 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. READ: Detroit public schools say there aren’t enough teachers to meet the demand as schools reopenWatch the videos above for the full report.
Detroit public schools say there aren’t enough teachers to meet the demand as schools reopen Monday
DETROIT – An estimated 20,000 Detroit Public School Community District students are set to return to classrooms Monday, but their teachers may not be there. READ: Detroit public schools to resume in-person learning on March 8The DPSCD said there are not enough teachers who are willing to go back into classrooms to meet the demand. AdREAD: Student demand for in-person learning far outweighs the number of teachers willing to return in DetroitSome parents spoke out and said they don’t want their children to be taught on a screen in a classroom. Even thought schools within the DPSCD will return to in-person learning Monday, some parents -- like Kimble and Ta’Mara Williams -- are choosing to keep their students at home. “The teachers are not ready and the students are not ready as well.”The bottom line is that the in-person demand for in-person learning exceeds number of teachers willing to return to the classroom.
Student demand for in-person learning far outweighs the number of teachers willing to return in Detroit
READ: Detroit public schools to resume in-person learning on March 8That amounts to about 20,000 children, but Detroit teachers willing to return to the classroom are only about at 20-30%. Detroit teachers were moved to the head of the line and anybody wishing to have the vaccine has had access. “We’re going to need services relative to trauma, we need mental health services,” Martin said. Constant cleaning, a max of 20 children per classroom, masks and social distancing, plus an extra $750 per quarter for teachers willing to return to the classroom. In the beginning Vitti says, “There will be a disconnect between family demand for in person learning and teachers willing to teach in person.”More: Return To School
Detroit public schools officially announce March 8 return to in-person learning
DETROIT – Detroit public schools officially announced Monday that they will return to in-person learning on March 8. The Detroit Public Schools Community District’s return to in-person learning includes all schools and grade levels, officials said. Detroit students will return to school one week after the state’s recommended date for districts to reopen their classrooms. Recent family and teacher surveys showed twice as many wanted to return to in-person learning than when then 2020-2021 school year began in September. Ad“The decision for (the) Detroit Public Schools Community District to have face-to-face learning as an option was a decision made based upon the current data available,” said Terrence Martin, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.
Detroit public schools to resume in-person learning on March 8
In a letter to families, Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) officials announced that all grade levels at all schools will resume face-to-face learning beginning Monday, March 8. Students do still have the option to continue with online learning even as schools reopen amid the pandemic. Earlier this week, Detroit public schools reopened learning centers in the city following COVID-related closures, allowing students to learn remotely while in a classroom setting. Gretchen Whitmer “strongly encouraged” Michigan public schools to reopen for in-person learning by the beginning of March. Whitmer gave for Michigan schools returning to in-person learningWhitmer’s administration prohibited face-to-face learning for high schools in mid-November to help curb the spiking coronavirus cases.
Detroit public schools reopen learning centers after COVID closures
DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District opened learning centers across the city on Wednesday. The centers are places for students to learn remotely while in a classroom setting. READ: Educators weigh in on standardized testing during COVID pandemicSakina Bolden is the superintendent of Detroit International Academy for Young Women. On Wednesday, Bolden and Detroit schools superintendent Nikolai Vitti toured the school’s new home and welcomed back students who chose to use the building’s learning center. Now that learning centers are open again, school officials are working toward getting back to in-person learning in March.
Detroit schools superintendent urges Whitmer to resume high school contact sports
Dr. Nikolai Vitti started the letter by clarifying that he supports Whitmer, but he has grown frustrated by a lack of clarity about when winter contact sports can resume. He said there are continuing and legitimate fears about COVID-19 in the Detroit community, but 31 female and male high school coaches want to play basketball. “The continuing suspension of winter ‘contact’ sports contradicts the message that it is safe to return to in-person learning,” Vitti wrote. “Please do not let this frustration reach the level of a lawsuit against you and the state,” Vitti cautioned. “Coaches, student-athletes and their parents are in conversation with attorneys.”Mental health, physical well-being and scholarship opportunities are being affected, he said.
Detroit public schools shift to remote learning: Resources available for families
DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is shifting from face-to-face learning to online learning starting Monday, Nov. 16. Here is a note from the district on Monday:“We are shifting to online learning for your student. All classes will now be held online, students should be logging in everyday to attend class and complete assignments. Use this helpful link, Transition to Online Sway to access many resources that are available to support you during this transition to online learning.”Here’s that link again: sway.office.com. Read more: Detroit public schools shifting to online learning starting Monday, Nov. 16Related: Why Michigan is forcing high schools, colleges to go remote, but not younger students
Grant honoring Detroit rapper gifts new music equipment to Detroit Central High School
DETROIT – Rapper J-Dilla was a luminary in the world of hip-hop and a Detroit native. That led to a special moment at Detroit Central High School Tuesday. That’s why Dixon applied for the Save the Music J Dilla Music Tech Grant and received the $50,000 equipment grant for his digital music program. The grant presented by the nonprofit Save the Music and Cadillac increases the tools for music making. More information on the Save the Music J Dilla Music Tech Grant can be found here.
11 years later: Detroit Public Schools expected to be released from oversight
11 years later: Detroit Public Schools expected to be released from oversightPublished: October 21, 2020, 5:12 pmA decision expected to come next week will allow the Detroit Public Schools Community District to chart its own course.
Detroit public school students host community event to encourage residents to vote early
DETROIT – Most students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District are too young to vote, but that doesn’t mean they’re sitting on the sidelines this election. Party at the Polls is a free, student-led, nonpartisan community event aimed at encouraging people to vote early for the 2020 General Election. The socially distant rally featured food music and an opportunity to vote early at the Farwell Recreation Center. Student leaders will speak out about the importance of voting. READ: Complete Election Day coverageWatch the video above for the full report
Detroit’s Holy Redeemer grade school moves to remote learning amid rising COVID-19 infections
DETROIT – Students at Holy Redeemer grade school in Detroit are switching to remote learning for the remainder of October due to increasing COVID-19 cases among students. According to a letter sent to families Monday, Holy Redeemer teachers have already sent out learning schedules for students' remote learning. The school is asking students and families to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or believes they may have been exposed should contact their primary healthcare provider or get tested for the virus. COVID-19 symptoms can develop up to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Detroit public schools, teachers union agree to 1-year contract
DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) and the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) Local 231 announced Tuesday they have reached agreement on a one-year successor contract for the 2020-21 academic year. DFT members ratified the agreement on Oct. 5, according to the district. This shall be the only step movement for these unit members during the 2020-2021 school year. All other DFT unit members not on the teacher salary schedule shall receive a base wage increase of 2.74% as of the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Aug. 28, 2020: DPSCD and Detroit Federation of Teachers reach deal to reopen schools
Volunteers go door-to-door to find lost Detroit students
DETROIT – Volunteers with the Detroit Public Schools Community District are going door-to-door and trying to get students back in the classroom or in front of a computer screen. School has been in session for more than three weeks, but hundreds of students still haven’t shown up. In a district with ostensibly 51,000 students registered, it amounts to 8% who have somehow gotten lost because of COVID-19. Then they get signed up, signed in and resource packets are handed to families with school supplies and information. Since the canvassing started volunteers have made contact with 2,500 students and an estimated 600 students have already shown up in class, in learning centers or online.
Reading garden at Detroit elementary school trashed by vandals
DETROIT – School officials said students helped put together the area, but now all of their hard work is destroyed. It happened at Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School on West Seven Mile Road, near Woodward Avenue. That’s what Clark, the Dean of Culture at Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School, saw when he came to work Thursday morning. At first he thought it rained the night before, and that caused the damage, but that wasn’t the case. Especially to a place where not only kids play, but a garden where they took pride in designing and building, that they can enjoy while at school.
Detroit public schools scramble to prepare for start of uncertain semester
DETROIT The Detroit Public Schools Community District is scrambling to finish the final preparations for whats sure to be an unusual fall semester. Right now, while all school buildings will be open, some will not be schools, but learning centers. For parents who need to work, their children will be sent to learning centers. Cass Tech and Renaissance are among the high schools that will be learning centers. Its possible in the next week or two that learning centers could be returned to face-to-face classrooms, depending on the mix of willing teachers and willing parents to reenter buildings.
Commerce Township business donates 60,000 reusable masks to Detroit schools
A business in Commerce Township is jumping in to help Detroit school students, donating 60,000 reusable masks. Fred Hajjar, of Mask Market, is working with the Detroit Public Schools Community District to make sure every student has a mask. Its a two ply mask, Hajjar said. Mask Market saved and raised $200,000 for the donation. Were donating masks, and this was an opportunity to give back to the community, Hajjar said.
Detroit Catholic Central High School stands by protocols after staffers positive COVID-19 test
DETROIT Classes at Detroit Catholic Central High School began last week, and a faculty member has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). While the Oakland County Health Department continues contact tracing, school officials are encouraging students to remain vigilant. School officials said personal protective equipment and social distancing plans are working. The faculty member took a COVID-19 test over the weekend, and the results came back positive on Monday. The faculty member who tested positive will quarantine for 14 days and then take another test before being allowed back to the school, officials said.
Detroit public school teachers hold vote that could affect in-person classes
DETROIT Teachers at Detroit public schools are holding a vote Wednesday that could put a hold on in-person learning, though remote classes could still go on as planned. Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said teachers are voting on whether to give leaders of the Detroit Federation of Teachers the authority to use a possible strike as a bargaining tool. VIEW LIST: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicBut the vote could quickly put the brakes on any plans for in-person learning when classes resume. The problem is remote learning isnt feasible for many in the district. Vitti has been a proponent of continuing in-person learning for about 25% of the school population.
Detroit public school teachers call for strike vote that could keep them from in-person classes
DETROIT Teachers at Detroit public schools are calling for a strike vote that could keep them from returning to classrooms for in-person learning. The Detroit Federation of Teachers and the Detroit Public Schools Community District are actively negotiating what the return-to-school plan will look like. VIEW LIST: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicBut the strike vote could quickly put the brakes on any plants for in-person learning when classes resume. While negotiations continue with no breakdown during the process, DFT has called for a Wednesday strike vote among its membership. A strike vote is usually called when negotiations have broken down.
State Rep. Gay-Dagnogo calls on Detroit school leaders to reconsider return plan
DETROIT – Michigan State House Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo is calling on the Detroit public schools superintendent to reconsider the district’s plan to offer in-person classes at the start of this fall semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has has been very clear that it has wanted parents to have a choice between face-to-face or remote learning. The approved plan includes the choices of in-person or online learning, smaller in-person class sizes and daily safety protocols like cleaning, masks and social distancing. Gay-Dagnogo said Superintendent Nikoli Vitti and the school board should reconsider the plan. For more information about DPSCD’s return-to-school plan, go here: https://www.detroitk12.org/returntoschoolRelated: How Detroit public schools are bridging the digital divide
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3 Detroit summer school students test positive for COVID-19
DETROIT Officials said three students attending summer school in Detroit have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Detroit Public Schools Community District partnered with the Detroit Health Department to have students who are attending face-to-face summer school tested for COVID-19. READ: 2 Detroit summer school students test positive for COVID-19The tests were ordered on Tuesday, after a judge ruled that summer classes could only continue if every student attending was tested for the virus. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, contact the Detroit Health Department at 313-876-4000. We will continue to work closely with the Detroit Health Department as we complete summer school and prepare to re-open in the fall.
All DPSCD summer school students to be tested by Monday
DETROIT The deadline for all students enrolled in summer school in the Detroit Public Schools Community District to get tested for coronavirus was Sunday. Summer school stopped last week after a protest group went to federal court to shut down in-person classes. He -- and many parents -- want summer school back up and running. Thats our responsibility as a school district to meet parents and students where they are educationally.More than 600 students are taking voluntary classes. The district said 341 students have been tested through the Detroit Health Department and two students -- from different schools -- tested positive.
2 Detroit summer school students test positive for COVID-19
DETROIT Officials said two students attending summer school in Detroit have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Detroit Public Schools Community District partnered with the Detroit Health Department to have students who are attending face-to-face summer school tested for COVID-19. We will continue to work closely with the Detroit Health Department as we complete summer school and prepare to re-open in the fall. READ: 20 arrested during Detroit summer school protest todayStudents who received a COVID-19 test will be allowed to return to the building on Monday. Infection rates are low, which is consistent with rates across the City, says Denise Fair, chief public health officer, Detroit Health Department.
2 Detroit students test positive for COVID-19 -- What it could mean for reopening schools
DETROIT City officials announced Thursday two students attending summer school in Detroit have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). She said her daughter had started summer school healthy, but she now found herself struggling to breathe. He said hes open to testing all the students, provided its not just Detroit students. The students that tested positive were not from the same school, or from the same neighborhood or communities, Vitti said. So far, 274 kids were tested and two have tested positive.
Questions surround funding as Michigan school districts go to remote-learning
DETROIT The path to get Michigan children back to school either in-person or remotely continues to become more complicated. Ann Arbor Public Schools have become the latest to announce it plans to do remote learning. RELATED: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicGov. Gretchen Whitmers Return to Learn Task Force focused on face-to-face learning, but how will the schools pay for it? More: Inside Detroit summer school classrooms during pandemicMore: Share your thoughts, concerns about return to in-person learning
Judge orders new safety rules for DPSCD summer school
DETROIT As new cases of COVID-19 remain high, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) are going to follow strict new guidelines from a federal judge to keep in-person summer school going. Related: Detroits in-person summer school classes can continue with virus testingProtesters are allowed to continue, but they must stop impeding the buses that pick up students. Parents and teachers with the activist group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) were back protesting the start of summer school Thursday. One of the teacher protest organizers said that despite all the safety procedures, they will continue to protest in-person learning until there is a cure for COVID-19. More: Inside Detroit summer school classrooms during pandemicMore: Share your thoughts, concerns about return to in-person learning
Judge: Detroits in-person summer classes can continue with virus testing
DETROIT A judge has ruled the in-person summer classes can continue in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). Summer school in the DPSCD began last week. A lawsuit was filed by parents, teachers, students and By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) against the district. It was seeking to sop summer school and first went before the judge on Friday. Meanwhile, protests over in-person summer school in Detroit have continued for a second week.
Judge rules all Detroit summer school students must be tested for COVID-19
DETROIT Activists have been trying to stop students and teachers from attending in-person summer school in Detroit. On Tuesday, judge Arthur Tarnow ruled that all summer school students must be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the next two days in order for classes to continue. The ruling means that 630 students need to get tested for coronavirus in two days. READ: Inside Detroit summer school classrooms during pandemicTuesday marked day 6 of protests at the bus terminal for Detroit public schools. In Detroit, 630 students went back to school for in-person summer school.
Protesters block Detroit schools bus yard
Protesters block Detroit schools bus yardPublished: July 13, 2020, 6:43 amSchool officials said this all has been voluntary for teachers and students. They said parents have the option not to send children to these summer classes, and teachers had the option not to volunteer. Now, the children that would have been bussed to school on Monday will not be.
Detroit schools to resume in-person summer classes Monday
DETROIT Detroit Public Schools (DPS) are preparing to host in-person summer classes beginning Monday -- nearly four months after Michigan K-12 schools shut down due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. DPS Superintendent Nikoli Vitti told CNN that the school system has seen a desperate need for in-person learning. The district will offer both in-person and virtual learning courses, and families have the ability to decide which option they prefer. The district says in-person learning will require daily self-assessments for COVID-19 symptoms and temperature checks for both staff and students. MORE: Trump undercuts health experts again in schools debateThough there is not currently a clear mandate for how -- or if -- schools should resume in-person learning in the fall, officials are still preparing for that option.
Controversy surfaces surrounding Cass Tech namesake
The name Cass Tech is synonymous with greatness, but the man in which the school was named after is starting to see his fair share of controversy in 2020. RELATED: Michigan governor: Lansing’s Lewis Cass Building renamed to ‘Elliott-Larsen Building’“Three schools being destroyed by fire one just we wore out. Many aren’t too pleased with the fact that Lewis Cass at one point was a slave owner, like alum Kevin Tolbert. “I think anything other than the Cass Tech Name destroys the brand. Since that time the School Board created and passed a school name change policy and it has not been used by stakeholders to initiate a name change for Cass Tech High School.
Detroit teacher says Black representation in schools has ‘revolutionizing effect’
DETROIT – Detroit teacher Quan Neloms is from the heart of Detroit and began working in the education system as a school volunteer in the late 1990s. Once thing he’s noticed since his journey began is the lack of Black men in the school system -- and, for the sake of our youth, that has to change. “The main thing is that we want to impress on Black men (is) that you are needed,” Neloms said. “Being involved in education, in the field of education as black men. The teacher also created an organization called In Demand, whose aim is to help older Black men make a positive impact on future leaders in the Black community.
What the new school year will look like for Detroit public schools
DETROIT School leaders are giving parents a glimpse into what the new school year will look like for the Detroit Public School Community District. READ: Detroit schools lays out a clearer picture of what students, parents can expect this fallThe plan is for the regular school year to start after Labor Day. WATCH: Metro Detroit superintendents discuss whats next for studentsThe school day will be limited to six hours. Students, parents, teachers and staff will be given time to share their opinions before the semi-final plan is developed. READ: Detroit public schools to offer highest starting salary in Metro Detroit to new teachers
Detroit public schools try to lure top talent with $51,700 starting salary for new teachers
DETROIT Detroit public schools are trying to lure some of the top teaching talent in the country, offering a salary of more than $50,000 for starting instructors. Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said the Detroit Public Schools Community District is trying to make sure students have the best teachers and learning environments when they return to the classroom. New teachers who choose DPSCD will start at the top of the class, with the district offering salary incentives that put a starting instructor at $51,700. Of the 3,000 existing teachers, with retirements and attrition, 200 or more incoming teachers are eligible, school officials said. As the district faces budget cuts, Vitti said the district has been moving our budget to make this plan work.