Detroit Health Department partners with Detroit Public Schools Community District to test students attending summer school

The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has partnered with the Detroit Health Department to administer COVID-19 rapid tests to students who are attending face-to-face summer school. The tests were ordered Tuesday, after a federal judge ruled that summer school for the District could continue if all students attending were tested. Of 274 kids tested by the Detroit Health Department two students have tested positive, which is an infection rate of around 1 percent.

Parents of the students, as well as those who were in close proximity, are being notified to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. Students who have tested positive will continue summer school through online learning. The Detroit Health Department has also begun contact tracing and DPSCD is working to clean and disinfect the school and the school bus, per the protocol outlined in the reopening plan and in accordance with local public health guidelines. Any student who has received a COVID-19 test will be allowed to return to the building on Monday, July 27. The District will also provide online summer school for any student who tests positive. The Detroit Health Department has also agreed to test all school staff.

“Again we would like to thank the Detroit Health Department for working with us to provide rapid testing to students and families who chose the option of face-to-face summer school. We are committed to transparency and upholding the guidelines outlined by health authorities and the Center for Disease and Prevention. We will continue to work closely with the Detroit Health Department as we complete summer school and  prepare to re-open in the fall. Our priority is to meet the needs of our families as we navigate this pandemic,” said Nikolai Vitti, superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District.

As the District works to safely reopen for students in the fall, we will continue working in partnership with the Detroit Health Department to ensure students or staff who may test positive also receive free testing for their families, free of charge.

“Infection rates are low, which is consistent with rates across the City,” says Denise Fair, chief public health officer, Detroit Health Department. “This is what I would have expected. We are not seeing clusters and at this point, this does not suggest school spread. We will continue to partner with Detroit Public Schools Community District to ensure the health and safety of students.”

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, please call your healthcare provider or the Detroit Health Department at 313-876-4000. Please continue to wash to your hands, practice social distancing, wear a face covering and avoid crowds.

For more information on COVID-19 and the City's response, visit our COVID-19 homepage.


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