A MISSION-DRIVEN PLAN TO RETURN TO CAMPUS
Detroit Country Day School extends our appreciation to the members of the Fall Opening of School Task Force. Each member brought their deep knowledge and passion to provide recommendations that best serve our community. Their efforts were extremely valuable in this time of uncertainty, and we thank them sincerely for their leadership.
The Task Force has sought, and will continue to seek guidance from multiple sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the State of Michigan Return to School Advisory Council, the Michigan COVID-19 Task Force on Education, our local public health departments and medical professionals, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), our local and peer schools, as well as other schools from all over the world.
Our Faculty, Our Facilities, Our Flexibility, and Our Families,
Detroit Country Day School will provide on campus and in-person learning experiences for all students in every grade. Following the strict guidelines from the State of Michigan and our local department of public health, the School has made necessary adjustments and developed COVID-19 policies and procedures allowing for our campus locations to re-open in September. Though subject to state mandates, Detroit Country Day campuses will remain fully open and the School intends to provide a full experience for our students that will be as close to normal as possible. Classes for all students will be held every school day (5 days a week) throughout the 2020-2021 school year. In addition to offering its robust academic programming, the School intends to continue to provide its offerings in athletics, arts, clubs, and extracurricular activities, as well as DEI, advisory, leadership, community service and other programs. The fall opening of school will begin on-time.
The School will provide a remote learning option for those students who have health concerns, live with family members who have health concerns and/or are unable to return to campus this fall. Instead of attending classes on campus and in-person, by selecting scenario 2, students will experience the School’s academic and most of its extracurricular programs from home. Students participating in this remote experience will not be able to attend classes on campus and might not be able to participate on in-person athletic teams and/or in in-person extracurricular activities. Families who wish to participate in scenario 2 (family selected remote learning) will need to communicate with the School by July 22.
Full Remote Learning will be in effect if the State of Michigan requires schools to close their campuses. Also, this scenario will involve students who must be quarantined due to COVID-19. In this case, students will not be allowed to attend classes on campus and will continue their learning experiences remotely. The daily schedules that have been developed for the 2020-2021 school year in each division were specifically created to allow for seamless transitions in-and-out of remote learning, if needed.