The Detroit Federation of Teachers is telling their members not to worry, even though more than 2,000 of them have received layoff notices.
An additional 200 administrators also received the notices.
Officials say layoff notices like these have become an almost annual occurrence. The notices are described as the way the school system protects itself and represent a worst case scenario.
Union officials say that based on school district projections, which the union has described as very accurate, there will be enough retirements to cover the expected drop in students attending Detroit schools next year. They expect most, if not all, of the notices to be rescinded.
Similar notices were sent to 1,000 teachers at the end of the last school year. Most of those were rescinded before this school year began.