Detroit Schools move online for remainder of year

    Renaissance High School in Detroit | Susan J. Demas

    Detroit Public Schools Community District will be entirely online beginning Friday due to COVID-19 cases surging within Detroit. 

    The state’s largest school district is planning to reopen the schools for in-person learning Jan. 11. 

    Based on this week’s reporting, the infection rate will reach 6% or higher by Friday. There are no signs that these rising numbers will decrease soon,” DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti wrote in an email to staff Thursday. “The district reopens after winter break on January 4th. If positivity rates decrease by that point, then it will allow the district and schools time to reorganize for the continuation of in-person learning.”

    As of Wednesday, the district reported 10 students and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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