COVID concerns lead Detroit, Dearborn schools to all-virtual post-spring break week

Two of Michigan’s largest school districts are taking a break from personal study after spring.

It is a precaution that Dearborn Public Schools and the Detroit Public Schools Community District are hoping to contain the spread of COVID-19 as cases rise again in Michigan. Both districts will temporarily return to virtual learning this week.

Dearborn schools have been operating in hybrid mode since last month, said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. This means that two cohorts of students go to school two days a week on alternating days. Maleyko said that this means that individual students will only miss a few days of face-to-face learning.

“So it’s not a big change, it’s just kind of a break,” said Maleyko. “We know and hear from many travelers.”

Maleyko encourages Dearborn families who have traveled or gathered with family during the spring break to receive COVID tests. The district is holding a rapid testing event at Edsel Ford High School on Monday.

Maleyko said he was confident the district could move on in hybrid mode after this week. “Aside from some of our athletic extracurricular teams, we had no distribution in schools [that] had a limited amount, ”he said. “But nothing from personal learning up to this point.”

The schools in Detroit are also purely virtual for a week. The district says this is intended to give students and staff an extra week of “social isolation” after the spring break. Teachers and staff returning to class must receive a negative COVID-19 test.

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