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Detroit summer school begins Monday with some face-to-face instruction – here are safety precautions

Posted at 5:09 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 06:45:38-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Public Community Schools District summer school will begin Monday with some face-to-face instruction.

DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolia Vitti said the district expanded summer school options for students to help catch them up due to learning loss from the COVID-19 school shutdown.

According to Vitti, 4,000 parents signed up for summer school – half for face-to-face instruction and the other half for online instruction.

"While offering students and parents with summer school learning options, it was important that we meet parents and students where they are at," he said in a statement. "Meaning, for some parents and students that is online and others that is face to face."

Dozens of protesters gathered outside of the west side bus depot early Monday morning to protest the plans.

The teachers union and the district agreed on a plan for teachers, according to Vitti, and he said it was not required for students or employees.

Vitti added that more than 300 teachers applied to offer face-to-face instruction for the 170 positions.

Teachers will be tested for COVID-19 and masks will be required for everyone. Class sizes are expected to remain small, between 8-15 students, with daily temperature and self-symptom checks for employees and students.

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