Detroit school district closes buildings for week after spring break 

    Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti | Ken Coleman photo

    State and education leaders across Michigan are concerned about COVID-19 cases spiking after spring break, which is why the state’s largest public school district made the decision to return to virtual learning for one week after the break. 

    Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), which is currently on spring break, made the announcement Thursday that students wouldn’t be returning to the school building on Monday. 

    The break from in-person learning “is to allow employees and students a week of social isolation after Spring Break to limit the spread of COVID-19,” school officials said. 

    COVID-19 cases have been surging across the state for several weeks, and the 10 to 19 age group is seeing the greatest increase of new cases, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. 

    The state reported 672,259 total COVID-19 cases and 16,092 deaths Wednesday, and the city of Detroit totals 34,242 cases and 1,880 deaths. 

    On Monday, two DPSCD schools reported ongoing outbreaks, including Cass Technical High School and Renaissance High School. 

    The district is expected to reopen school buildings for students on April 12. 

    Allison Donahue
    Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.