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When do Detroit district students have to quarantine? This flowchart breaks down school policy

A student emphatically raises their hand during an exercise in class. The student and their peers are all wearing protective masks at their desks in the classroom.
Hundreds of Detroit Public School Community District students and staff have already had to quarantine a month into the new school year. While the district has worked with the Detroit Department of Health to develop its quarantine protocols, many parents still have questions about when their child will have to stay at home.
Emily Elconin for Chalkbeat

COVID has already disrupted learning for hundreds of students in the Detroit school district. In the week that ended Friday, 482 students and 18 staff members were quarantined after coming into contact with someone who tested positive.

It’s the largest weekly number of quarantined individuals in the district since the school year began on Sept. 7. The district currently enrolls nearly 50,000 students, and a relatively small number of students is being quarantined. But it shows how the pandemic continues to affect learning in Michigan’s largest school district.

On Sept. 22, the Detroit Public Schools Community District updated its policy for quarantining unvaccinated students, based on updated information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The update comes as parents have taken to social media to ask questions about when their child should quarantine.

The district has worked with the Detroit Department of Health to develop its quarantine protocols for students and staff. The district will provide a laptop to students who are required to stay at home. They will learn virtually from their in-person classroom teacher while in quarantine.

Below we’ve provided a breakdown of the district’s quarantine protocol as of Sept. 27. Have more questions? Has your family gotten a notice? We want to hear from you how learning at home is going during your child’s quarantine period. Tell us at

A flowchart explaining Detroit public school’s quarantine protocol.

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