DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Public Schools Community District released its reopening plan for the fall 2020 semester.
The district says students will begin returning to school after Labor Day and in-person instruction will be offered in schools. However, it is likely that schedules, classroom spaces and day-to-day operations will be adjusted to allow for social distancing and small groupings.
Additionally, virtual instruction continue to be offered, even with schools opening in September for in-person constructions.
Employees, students, families and visitors will be asked to maintain social distancing, wash hands adequately and wear masks.
The district plans to procure PPE for students and staff to use when in buildings. Each instructional staff member will be provided with a supply of disinfectant wipes.
The plan consists of four phases; phase one, present day, has DPSCD essential workers reporting to work and practicing social distancing. COVID-19 testing is currently available to all DPSCD essential personnel.
Phase two, mid-June to July, will reopen the district for in-person work, with telecommuting available to staff. COVID-19 testing will be required before coming to work, and all employees will be required to undergo training on COVID-19 risk factors, mitigation measures and district-specific protocols for how to stay safe.
All staff will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test within two weeks from when they begin reporting to work.
Phase three, July and August, will implement strict COVID-19 mitigation protocols, including in-person class size limited to 15 students, staggering class arrival and dismissal to limit students congregating and adjusting seating/desks to allow for social distancing.
Transportation will be provided for students attending summer learning in-person. Students will sit apart from each other on buses and only one student will be allowed per seat. Face coverings will be required for all entering the bus.
Phase 4, August and September, will open schools, as expected, with live instruction beginning Tuesday, September 8. The district has outlined three possible scenarios for schools in day-to-day operations.
View the full plan below:
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