Return to School Plan

De La Salle plans to welcome students back to campus for in-person learning with the following safety protocols in place. Students who are at home due to exposure, illness, or risk, will be able to join classes virtually.

Sophomore, Junior, Senior Orientation

Three students look over a phone on the first day of school in 2019.

A Letter from the Principal

Br. Ken Kalinowski

De La Salle Collegiate Families,

Thank you again for your continued support of our De La Salle community as we make our way through this unprecedented time together. It is times like these which ground us in our faith, bind us together as a community and allow us to show everyone what the De La Salle experience is truly all about.

As you read through this plan, you can also reference the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap and Archdiocese of Detroit plan which are being followed in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Also the American Academy of Pediatrics has stressed in-person schooling where possible and safe.

Our focus has been on returning to in-person learning in the safest way possible, while still bolstering our distance-learning program so the plans are thorough and ready to implement without delay.

The three common scenarios that were considered included:
1. A full return to in-person learning.
2. A hybrid of in-person and distance learning.
3. Full-distance learning.

The two committees focused on academic programming and protocols, and the health and safety logistics of reopening. In addition, our Athletics Department has been working within the MHSAA guidelines to restart interscholastic athletics. Our Marketing and Communications team has been at the forefront of communicating the updates to families as clearly, concisely, and regularly as possible.
Many of the decisions are complex and multi-faceted. The final recommendations are an imperfect solution to an impossible situation, but we are committed to following best practices and implementing them to the benefit of all invested parties.

We look forward to the opportunities for De La Salle to once again show everyone how we are encouraging students to develop their faith, character, intellect, and morality in a truly Lasallian way. We will leverage this COVID-19 experience by teaching valuable lessons of what it means to be a Christian young man in challenging times, strengthening their commitment to Christ, their community, their understanding of science, and how to be a good citizen. 

We will ask students, their parents, and the community to continue to adhere to hand hygiene, masking, and social distancing outside of school in their daily lives to assure our community weathers COVID-19, protects our fellow community members and gets kids back to school.
Rest assured, whether we are in person or distance learning, we will create and foster an atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration with our parents, students, and staff.

Brother Ken Kalinowski, FSC '84 
Interim Principal

A Letter from the Assistant Principal

Headshot of Chris Dean

Welcome back Pilot Nation!

Over 300 years ago, our founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle said, “Leave aside all your worry about the present and your anxiety about the future; occupy yourselves with what you have to do at each moment as it is given to you, and do not burden the day which is passing with doubts about the day to follow.”

Never was this quote more true than now as the faculty and staff at De La Salle Collegiate not only met the challenge of distance learning, but fully exceeded all expectations. 

As we transition to the 2020-21 school year, De La Salle is renewing a commitment to maintain and continue a standard of academic excellence. To that end, our teachers and staff met, discussed, and collaborated to plan and prepare for a new educational reality. Utilizing the direction given in the State of Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap, Phase 4 gives us the ability for students to return to campus for traditional in-person instruction. Specifics on all of our efforts are contained in this document, which also discusses the different scenarios students and parents may be facing as we begin another school year. 

Should the governor make the decision to return to Phases 1-3 -- know that we have planned and prepared for that eventuality -- we will continue the best practices that were successful in the spring, and those initiatives will be complemented with advancements in scheduling, technology, communication, and student services. 

While our world may be filled with worry and anxiety, one element that has not changed at De La Salle Collegiate; then, now, and going forward are efforts of the faculty and staff that you entrust to your sons. It is a commitment that all of us take very seriously and we all look forward to sharing this school year with you.

Mr. Christopher M. Dean '89
Assistant Principal of Academics

Students in the Commons.

Our Plans to Return to School

Throughout the summer, we have been working diligently on both our academic and health and safety plans for the school year, as well as the logistical challenges of bringing our students back to campus in a COVID-19 world. We have created this Back-to-School Roadmap presentation to guide you through this process.

Please note that the Back-to-School Roadmap presentation is a living document, and it will continue to be updated as the State and AOD begins to ease the restrictions and gives further guidance to schools.

The Academic Year


While on Campus

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance

This is a living document. It’s not set in stone, and will likely need to be updated as circumstances change. Our goal is to provide a roadmap – albeit not full proof – that supports reopening De La Salle Collegiate to make this enormous task less difficult for our students, parents, teachers and staff.

We have worked diligently to prepare this Return to School Roadmap that prioritizes opening and operating safely and providing our students with the highest-caliber learning environment whether in-person or distancing learning. As we have learned since March, the circumstances and responses to the COVID-19 public health emergency are regularly changing.

This roadmap will be updated as necessary consistent with guidance from the State of Michigan, the Archdiocese of Detroit, and other applicable sources. This roadmap is not a substitute for professional medical advice or consultation or guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Archdiocese of Detroit, the State of Michigan, or other government sources. It is important that we all act responsibly to combat the virus, protect our fellow De La Salle community members, and ensure the best possible learning environment for our students.

We understand that our parents and students may have questions and concerns as we navigate new circumstances together. We want to hear those questions and concerns and address them promptly. Please reach out to the following contacts:

Health Concerns: Ms. Nicole Zarucki
Academics: Mr. Chris Dean
Athletics: Mr. Dennis Parks
Campus Ministry: Mrs. Jo Marie Ragona
Dress Code Requirements and Virus Exposure: Mr. Joe Gerardi

Under these new and challenging circumstances, De La Salle Collegiate remains committed to fostering an environment where each student can develop his faith, character, intellect, and morality. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance.

Download & Print Plan

Medical Insight


While school may look different, our goal of providing our students with an academically-rigorous Catholic education in the Lasallian tradition remains unchanged.

The De La Salle committee members for Health and Safety, Academic Process and Protocols, and Academic Skills and Practice:

  • Br. Ken Kalinowski, FSC, Principal
  • Joe Gerardi, VP Mission and Ministry
  • Greg Esler, Advancement Director
  • Chris Dean, Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Peter Watson
  • Dr. Salvatore Ventimiglia
  • Brendan Johnson, Marketing and Communications Director
  • Jo Marie Ragona, Campus Ministry
  • Kevin Fitzhenry, Admissions Director
  • Aaron Wladischkin, Teacher
  • Adriana Vidican, Teacher
  • Anthony Albani, Counselor
  • Dave Slusser, Teacher
  • Dennis Parks, Interim AD
  • Sheryl Anderson, Technology
  • Jacqueline VanThomme, Teacher
  • Jeana Page, Teacher
  • Joe Novak, Teacher
  • Kasia Griffith, Teacher
  • Kathleen Erickson, Teacher
  • Mike Szatkowski, Academic Interventionist
  • Kyle Kopy, Teacher
  • Scott Grimmer, Teacher
  • Aarran Meier, Teacher
  • Andrew Campbell, School Psychologist
  • Lindsey Tula, Teacher
  • Mike Shortt, Teacher
  • Thomas VanThomme, Teacher
  • Nikki Sancimino, Parent
  • Jen Opolski, Parent and Nurse
  • Patti Freese, Parent
  • Tony Cona, Hall Monitor, former police officer
  • Robert Black, Teacher
  • John Hicks, Teacher