Detroit launched its own virtual school. Here’s how it’s doing.

By Ethan Bakuli
March 11, 2022

Virtual learning has been part of student life since the pandemic began in 2020. So when the Detroit district elected to open its own virtual school this year, Victoria Haynesworth decided it was a no-brainer to enroll her son.

“My son’s safety ... that was the moving force for me,” she said of her 14-year-old. “It had everything to do with the pandemic from A to Z. I knew that I needed something else besides in person.”

Ahead of this school year, school officials were banking on the virtual option becoming a permanent fixture for students who thrive in the online space. The district also hoped the virtual school would accommodate families’ health and safety concerns.

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