Detroit public schools, teachers reach agreement to return to classrooms

The Detroit Public Schools Community District and its teachers have reached an agreement to return to classrooms for in-person learning under updated COVID safety standards.

The district and Detroit Federation of Teachers announced Monday morning (July 26) that the agreement will continue many of the protocols implemented during the 2020-21 school year. DPSCD said those protocols allowed schools to effectively minimize the number of COVID outbreaks before there was access to vaccines.

“We are all excited to have our students back in schools and classrooms in the fall,” DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said. “As a district, I am proud that we did everything we could to meet the needs of our employees, students and families during the most difficult times of the pandemic. Everyone did their part to keep each other safe and supported.

The agreement also gives teachers and auxiliary staff members hazard pay of up to $2,000, as well as another $2,000 if teachers need to work with students in a blended learning environment — in-person learners coupled with online learners.

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