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MPS places limits on large gatherings

Update GraphicTo safeguard the health of students, families, and staff, MPS continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency in Wisconsin on Thursday, March 12, 2020, in response to growing concerns about COVID-19. In response, MPS is adopting recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

To help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, MPS will implement a preventive measure by limiting nonessential participation in large gatherings.

The district may implement social distancing by making adjustments to the following types of large gatherings:

  •     Morning meetings
  •     School meals
  •     Recess
  •     School assemblies/events
  •     Hall passing
  •     Parent/teacher conferences

We are observing that a number of large group conferences and events are being canceled in the coming weeks. Therefore, MPS is canceling all district sponsored out-of-state travel through the end of spring break (April 13, 2020). We also encourage families to avoid nonessential out-of-state travel over the same period. We continue to assess the situation as it progresses, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available.

In addition, several MPS and Milwaukee Recreation events have been cancelled.

March 13–15: March of Champions Basketball Tournament involving elementary and middle school students at various locations

March 14: Competitive Swim Meet at Riverside University High School

March 16-17: Seventh Annual Summit on Black Male Youth

March 17: United Nations Schools of International Learning (UNSIL) World Fair

March 17: Elementary Adaptive Athletics Bocce Event at Vincent High School

March 21: Cheer Showcase at North Division High School

March 26: MPS STEM Fair

Below please find additional information and resources:


Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

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