Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

(Updated August 21, 2020)

Information regarding the Dorsey Schools Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students may be accessed by clicking here.


(Updated August 17, 2020)

The following documents have been updated as our team continues to monitor current conditions and actions being taken to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Dorsey Schools COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

Social Distancing & Conduct Policy

Health Screening Form


(Updated July 10, 2020)

Information regarding the Dorsey Schools Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students may be accessed by clicking here.

(Updated June 8, 2020)

Dear Dorsey Schools Students:

As our team begins to disburse funds associated with the CARES Act, please be advised that if you have any questions, please reach out to us at  In addition, if you receive any subsequent communication such as an email, letter, or a phone call regarding your CARES Act check and you question the legitimacy of that communication, please contact us at and a member of our team will assist you.  Thank you.

(Updated May 27, 2020)

Information regarding the Dorsey Schools Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students may be accessed by clicking here.

(Updated May 21, 2020)

May 21, 2020


Dear Dorsey Students,

I hope you and your family have remained healthy during this challenging time.  For those that have been impacted by the coronavirus, our thoughts and support are with you.  We are far from through this crisis, but we are starting to see some positive trends that we all hope will enable all of us to return to more normal lives in the coming weeks and months.

During the two-week break in April after the Winter B module, Dorsey’s education team was able to convert all of our healthcare programs to online and about 70% of students were able to return for their Spring A module.  As the Spring A module nears completion, I want to thank those of you who have been in school for your resilience and commitment to your education.  We know it may have been a challenge adapting to new technology and not having the benefit of face-to-face instruction, but you have succeeded admirably.

I am pleased to say that our remaining programs – Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Esthetician, Manicuring and Massage Therapy – have also now been adapted for online delivery and will be resuming in the coming weeks.

There will be other changes in the Spring B module that I would also like to share with you.  The Governor’s Executive Order 2020-77 issued on May 7th, provided language (see section 10.i) granting those training frontline healthcare workers the ability to resume limited on-ground education for those course components that cannot be delivered online.  For Dorsey students who are in healthcare programs that require hands-on competency checks for their classes, it will provide a means to have them completed at a Dorsey campus.  At this time, this will include a relatively small number of students, with the vast majority of students continuing online.  You will be contacted by your instructor or campus administrative staff if you need to complete on-ground competency checks.

Rest assured that our top priority is to ensure that Dorsey can accomplish all required on-ground training with the utmost attention to safety and social distancing requirements for our students and staff.  We have developed comprehensive safety and screening procedures for our campuses, utilizing guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  These are outlined in Dorsey’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, which I invite you to review.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your campus Managing Director or Academic Dean.

We are very excited to welcome all of our students back for the Spring B module next week.  Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we continue to offer most classes online.  We look forward to the day when we can have you all back on campus.

All my best as you progress toward your goals,

John Barnes

President & CEO

Dorsey Schools



(Updated March 25, 2020)

March 25, 2020


Dear Dorsey Student:

Thank you for all your efforts to support the transition to hybrid online/on-ground learning over the last week.  As a result of your hard work, and that of your instructors, the vast majority of you have completed your Winter B module, or will do so this week.  Your resilience and commitment to your education are traits that will continue to make you successful at Dorsey and into your new career.

As everyone now knows, yesterday Governor Whitmer issued an executive order to “suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life”.  Accordingly, Dorsey has closed all campuses and the Madison Heights Campus Support Center for the next three weeks.  Staff is still available by phone or email if you need any assistance, but there will not be any activity on campus until we are allowed to return.

With the stay-at-home order in effect for the next three weeks, Dorsey is delaying the start of the Spring A module until Monday, April 13th.  It is highly likely that the next module will start with classes online, with on-ground classes resuming when the Governor’s order is lifted.  Instructors and staff are making the necessary preparations for this over the coming weeks.  More specific information about individual programs will be coming over the next week.

Please also note that all April graduations and Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremonies have been postponed until large group gatherings are allowed again.

Thank you again for your hard work in the Winter B module.  We remain here to support you in your educational journey and look forward to commencing the Spring A module in a few weeks.


Wishing you and your family good health,

John Barnes

President & CEO

Dorsey Schools


(Updated March 13, 2020)


Dear Dorsey Students,

We have all followed the dramatic actions taken this week to limit large-group gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier this week most colleges closed and announced their intent to move to online learning for the remainder of the term. Last night, Governor Whitmer announced that all Michigan K-12 schools will be closed until Monday April 6th due to increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.

In line with these actions to limit large-group gatherings, Dorsey Schools is taking the following action:

  1. Dorsey Schools will restructure our education delivery at our eight Michigan Dorsey Schools campuses [separate communication is forthcoming regarding Dorsey Emergency Medical Academy and Training Direct campuses] for the remaining weeks of the Winter B module.
  2. Monday, March 16th on-ground classes will be cancelled to allow time for faculty and administration to transition the remaining course work for the term to a hybrid model of online learning and limited, small group meetings(for hands-on competency instruction and verification). Students on externship should report to their site as scheduled on Monday.
  3. The start for the spring term will be postponed one week and begin Monday, April 6th.
  4. Beauty and Massage public clinics will stop services for the public at this time.

Communication will be your key to course success. We understand you are facing many obstacles at this time, and we remain committed to support you through them. You will receive an update from your instructor by end of day Monday, March 16th explaining how your course(s) will be taught to completion.



(Updated March 12, 2020)

To all students, employees, campus visitors, and community members:

As expected, there have now been positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in counties that Dorsey Schools serves. Dorsey Schools is now executing planned response measures and working with local, state and federal agencies to minimize the spread of the virus and safeguard those considered high risk. The safety and wellbeing of our students, employees, campus visitors, and community members remains our number one priority.

Who is at higher risk?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

The majority of Dorsey Schools students and employees do not fall into the category of high risk; however, we all have a moral obligation to protect those that are high risk. Therefore, we must all work together to minimize the spread of all germs. Below are measures we can all take:

  • Frequent Sanitation: Dorsey Schools janitorial companies have all increased their sanitation efforts in utilizing hospital grade germicidal cleaners to kill viruses and bacteria that can live on commonly touched surfaces like door handles, stair railings, phone receivers, etc. We implore that our students, employees, and visitors exercise common sense precautions.
  • Common sense precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to spread via respiratory transmission. Symptoms are similar to those of influenza (e.g., fever, cough, and shortness of breath). The current outbreak is occurring during a time of year when respiratory illnesses from influenza and other viruses are highly prevalent. We all need to do what we can to stop the spread of infections.
    • Remain at home if you are sick, except to seek medical care.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
    • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Social Distancing Measures:
    • Stop the handshakes, hugs, and personal contact at school or work.
    • If you are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the COVID-19, speak to your instructor or supervisor to determine how you may be able to complete school assignments or work from home.
    • Avoid large crowds and minimize close contact with others, especially if they are showing signs of illness.
  • Communicate:  Dorsey Schools will continue to update this webpage in order to communicate new information relating to COVID-19, but we need your help too. Students and employees should communicate with their instructor or supervisor if they are ill. Most importantly, please notify your campus administration immediately if you test positive for COVID-19 or are officially quarantined due to being exposed to COVID-19.

The web resources below provide important information regarding COVID-19. Further, your local health department is another important resource to contact if you have questions or concerns.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

US Department of Education

US Department of State (Travel Advisories)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Beyond safeguarding individuals from infectious diseases, Dorsey Schools is proud to provide learning environments that are free of discriminatory and bullying behaviors. The US Department of Education has notified institutions about an increasing number of news reports regarding stereotyping, harassment, and bullying directed at persons perceived to be of Chinese American or, more generally, Asian descent, including students. Dorsey Schools maintains a zero tolerance policy for discriminatory, harassing, and/or bullying behaviors. If such behaviors occur, Dorsey Schools will act promptly and sternly.