Detroit Public Schools Community District Is Rising to the Challenge in 2021

DPSCD continues to prioritize student engagement and provide an array of support services for students and families in 2021.

With the new year now upon us, the Detroit Public Community Schools District (DPSCD) is rising so that students have the resources they need to grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

Technology and Family Resource Hubs

DPSCD opened the Technology and Family Resource Hubs located in key regions throughout the city to provide direct resources and support services to students and families. The Hubs are open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with many of the Hubs available to serve families at least twice a week. To further meet students and families where they are, one Hub in each region offers a late day every Wednesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., providing an added layer of available support for DPSCD students and families. A list of all Hub locations as well as hours of operation can be found by visiting detroitk12.org/hubs.

The Hubs provide students and families with digital device repair, Connected Futures device replacement, general online learning support, medical and mental health support as well as utility assistance and mobile COVID-19 testing. Students who wish to receive a Connected Futures device or a DPSCD loaner device may do so at one of the Hub locations.

Connected Futures device tech tips

To help your wireless tablet be the most efficient, here are a few tech tips for your use of the device: 

  • Do not overcharge it. This will help the life of the battery.
  • When your tablet is connected to the keyboard, please open it slowly. This will prevent the hinge on the keyboard from becoming overextended.  

In addition to the support you can receive at the Technology and Family Resource Hubs, you can also call 313-865-9800 with questions or concerns about your device. DPSCD knows that technology is just one aspect of meeting students and families where they are. Food services are also critical to students and families.

Grab and Go meals

For the first week back after Winter Break, Grab and Go meals will be available on Tuesday, January 5 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. instead of Monday, due to the extra time needed for food preparation. Meal services will return to normal on Thursday, January 7 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at all DPSCD schools. Regular meal distribution days will continue the following week on Monday and Thursday.

Families are encouraged to visit detroitk12.org/grabandgo for a complete meal schedule. Fueling up on nutritious foods helps students succeed and stay focused on schoolwork — and as we know, every school day counts.

Every school day counts

Whether face-to-face or online, DPSCD knows that every school day counts for students’ development and success. As we kick off 2021, help DPSCD help you by engaging your child on the possibilities and opportunities that come from learning. You never know when a breakthrough moment will occur.

DPSCD recognizes it takes a community effort to ensure as many students as possible are engaged and eager to learn. Participation in class is essential in preparing for students’ rise. Rise and Shine and See You Online.

Enrollment options

Are you looking for a school for your child? With more than 100 schools to choose from, DPCSD provides a range of programs and services to support specific needs and wants of students and families. DPSCD is excited to announce it is now enrolling students for fall 2021. Enrollment forms can be submitted via Dropbox, online or by mail. Please visit www.detroitk12.org/enroll. DPSCD is saving a seat for your child.

Want to learn more? You are invited to attend a Welcome Wednesday online open house on select Wednesdays of the month from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. During the open houses, families get the opportunity to learn about DCPSD schools as well as meet school leadership. The Welcome Wednesday calendar can be viewed here: www.detroitk12.org/welcomewednesdays. DPSCD hopes to see you online soon.

Additional student and family supports

As a reminder, families and students can reach DPSCD’s Online Learning Help Hotline between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding DPSCD holidays). The Online Learning Help Hotline is available at 833-466-3978, and DPSCD staff are prepared to help you.  

DPSCD continues to encourage students and families to prioritize their mental health, particularly considering the ongoing pandemic. DPSCD social workers are available to provide families the support they need. The Mental Health Support Line is available by calling 833-466-3978 Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

During the evening, families continue to have access to the Homework Hotline and the mental health support line using the same number: 833-466-3978. Need support with your device or connecting to the internet? DPSCD families can use the following information for assistance:

Text “INTERNET4CF” to 562-372-6925​
Online form: human-i-t.org/internet4cf

These are some of the basics. There’s a lot more to learn about DPSCD’s
return to school plan, efforts including helpful FAQs and additional resources. Please visit DPSCD at www.detroitk12.org for more information.

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