92% of Detroit public school students ready to return to in-person classes


DETROIT – Officials with the Detroit Public Schools Community District said 92% of students have already returned their consent forms to show they are ready to return to in-person classes.

But what about the remaining 8%? A DPSCD representative said this should not be a problem.

Crystal Wilson, assistant superintendent of communications for the district, said the DPSCD is more than ready for a traditional return to class on Monday morning.

“We expect all of our children to be in school tomorrow, ready to be back in class,” Wilson said.

With such a large majority of students consenting to a daily COVID saliva test, the district is ready to help the remaining students make a smooth transition as well. A letter has been sent to parents reminding them of the new COVID protocol.

“We know that we have not been able to reach all of our families, so we encourage, as the statement says, that families bring their consent forms to school on Monday,” Wilson said.

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Designated staff members will also be on campus, making phone calls to reach any households that may be out of the loop.

“We have staff who are prepared and will be on hand tomorrow to help students facilitate the call home and get the consent paper signed,” Wilson said.

Students who ultimately cannot obtain consent will need to enroll in a separate fully district-run, fully virtual online school.

“That shouldn’t be a barrier to not going back to school,” Wilson said.

Students will also have a grace period before being placed into the virtual learning program.

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