Schools required to make up between three and 10 days in order to comply with the state mandate to provide 1,098 hours of instruction for students
Detroit Public Schools officially released the number of days that must be made up by each of its 97 school buildings as a result of extremely harsh winter weather, as well as power outages caused by failures in the City of Detroit Public Lighting System. Schools will be required to make up between three and 10 days in order to comply with the state mandate to provide 1,098 hours of instruction for students.
“I want all of our parents and students to know that the District exhausted all avenues to minimize the number of days students would need to be in school beyond the originally published end of the school year,” said Superintendent of Academics Karen P. Ridgeway. “Our primary goal is always to have students in class and learning each and every day of the scheduled school year. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond our control severely compromised the District’s ability to make this happen, and we must now add days onto the end of the school year.”
Letters informing parents of the number of days to be made up at each school were provided to parents on Monday, May 19. The letters also detailed the revised last day of school (which is the date report cards will now be issued) and the start and end dates for Summer School.
“While this situation is not ideal, nothing can replace direct classroom instruction when it comes to educating our students,” said Ridgeway. “I implore our parents to ensure that their children are in school for these mandatory make-up days.”
Detroit Public Schools is working closely with the City of Detroit to reduce the effect of PLD power outages on school operations moving forward.