In today’s update:

  • During COVID-19 Closures, Dr. Rice Reminds Us to Attend to Social, Emotional Needs
  • Detroit Public Television Adjusts Schedule to Offer Educational Programming at Home
  • Subscribe to the Detroit PBS Kids Daily Newsletter
  • Other
  • MASA COVID-19 Resource Center

During COVID-19 Closures, Dr. Rice Reminds Us to Attend to Social, Emotional Needs

State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice sent a memo to school leaders reminding them to take care of their social-emotional needs during this unprecedented time.

He wrote: “In a difficult time, kindness, caring, and compassion are even more important than usual. This is particularly true during the COVID-19 pandemic, when our students need the love, support, structure, and stability that we in schools—teachers, support staff members, and administrators–provide on a daily basis.” 

MDE is committed to providing resources to help support the SEL needs of students, staff, and families. The department has posted many resources on its webpage at under COVID-19 Updates. This webpage provides SEL resources for children and adults, and offers many digital options for administrators, teachers, staff, families, and children to receive this and other critical content.

Detroit Public Television Adjusts Schedule to Offer Educational Programming at Home

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 (TODAY), Detroit Public Television (DPTV)  is responding to the learning needs of families with children at home as a result of Michigan schools being closed because of the COVID-19 crisis by adjusting its entire daytime programming schedule.

From 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, DPTV will offer blocks of programming geared to specific age groups  – early childhood, middle school, and high school – on its main broadcast channel (56.1), as part of a collaboration with Michigan’s public television stations and the national PBS system.

While Michigan schools are closed this school year, weekday programming will be as follows:

  • Current PBS KIDS programming (Ages 2-8 years old) – 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Grades 4th-8th – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Grades 9th-12th – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

DPTV’s schedule during those hours will be filled with PBS programming that aligns with curriculum goals, with online learning activities associated with each show. The programs are designed to supplement children’s learning and not be a replacement for grade-level credit. You may want to consider sharing this information in your parent newsletters or on your district’s website if you have not done so already.

Subscribe to the Daily Detroit PBS Kids Newsletter

Check out the daily Detroit PBS Kids newsletter for educational resources for students at all grade levels and parents. The newsletter has been a result of daily conversations with key stakeholders and several other partners to ensure its relevance and usefulness. Past issues of the newsletter, video messaging, and subscription sign up are available at, which also includes an option to translate the content into a number of different languages. This is a great option for educational resources if families do not have a reliable internet connection. This is another resource that would make a great addition to your parent newsletters and district websites.


Please continue to let us know your questions, and we will reach out to the appropriate officials and agencies to track down answers as soon as we can. Please know that while schools might be closed to children, MASA continues to work diligently to keep you informed.

MASA COVID-19 Resource Center

As a reminder, please visit MASA’s COVID-19 Resource Center for the latest information and resources to help during this period of time.