Detroit school district pausing in-person learning until May

DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools borough announced that face-to-face learning will be suspended until May.

The decision was made after a special board meeting on Thursday where members voted on the expanded continuity plan. In-person classes will be suspended until the board meeting in May while the district continues to monitor infection rates.

The district had previously announced that it would temporarily switch to virtual learning for two weeks. Face-to-face learning should resume on April 19th. Now this will be promoted until at least May 1st.


The learning centers will open on April 26th for ESE students and all students in need of personal assistance. It will also allow students who wish to take state tests to do so at the center. Online learning will continue to be an option for students.

According to the district, “allow teachers who want to go into the classroom to teach students the opportunity to do so, provided they have students whose families wish to teach.”

DPSCD began teaching in person on March 8th. At that point, about 20,000 Detroit students decided to return to the classroom this spring amid the pandemic. At this point, however, only around 20 to 30% of teachers agreed to return to the classroom.


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