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MPS rolls out plan for return to in-person learning in April

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has approved a plan to return students to in-person learning beginning Wednesday, April 14, 2021. All MPS staff will return to school and district buildings on Monday, April 12.

Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley submitted a detailed plan to phase students back into classrooms following spring break. The district provided a summary of academic expectations, health and safety measures, classroom and schoolwide supports, professional development, school operations, and parent supports currently in place along with procedures and preparations that will be undertaken to promote a safe environment.

Return to the classroomAfter considering the recommendations, hearing public testimony, and engaging in a detailed discussion, the board approved the following schedule to return to in-person learning.

  • April 14, 2021: Students in K3 through grade 3 begin in-person learning (attending Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week).
  • April 19, 2021: Students in grades 4 through 8 begin in-person learning.
  • April 26, 2021: Students in grade 12 begin in-person learning. Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will remain virtual unless they are in danger of failing a class.
  • Note that all students will learn virtually on Wednesdays beginning April 21.

Families who prefer to keep children learning at home will have the option to continue attending school virtually. Students who return to schools will be in their classrooms four days per week.

Student Meals—Preorders
Important changes are coming to meal distribution! April 1 will be the last date for meal distribution at Stop, Grab, and Go locations. Beginning April 12, new procedures will be in place.

All students who return to in-person learning will receive breakfast and lunch in school on school days. Preorders will now be required for students who remain learning virtually and for students who return to school but need meals on Wednesdays, when school is virtual.

Families will be required to fill out a form at least one week before meals are needed for children age 18 and under. Visit the Meal Preorder Form for more information. Meals for the week of April 12 must be ordered by Monday, March 29.

Virtual Family Engagement Sessions
To help students and families prepare to go back to school, MPS will host information sessions about preparations and procedures in schools to keep everyone safe and healthy.

  • Wednesday, March 31: Parents of K3–3rd grade students - Watch the video here - https://youtu.be/phdlsTNAv9g
  • Wednesday, April 14: Parents of 4th–8th grade students
  • Wednesday, April 21: Parents of high school students

All sessions are 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. Download the event flyer for more information.  
Register using this link: https://bit.ly/2Qzts3L

Families will receive login information after they register.

Roadmap to Readiness Website
or up-to-date information, visit the Roadmap to Readiness website Frequently Asked Questions for additional details. This site can be translated into Arabic, Burmese, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

Sports Are Back!!
MPS is pleased to share that high school spring sports—baseball, boys golf and tennis, softball, girls soccer, and boys and girls track and field—will begin in April. Athletic directors will be trained on all safety guidelines. Learn more and read the Return-to-Play Game Plan on the MPS Athletics web page.

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Contacts

Earl Arms, Media Relations Manager

armsev@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
414-688-9664

Shahree Douglas, Director Communications & Outreach

douglas@milwaukee.k12.wi.us
414-940-2702

About Milwaukee Public Schools

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to accelerating student achievement, building positive relationships between youth and adults and cultivating leadership at all levels. The district’s commitment to improvement continues to show results:

  • Ninety percent of 2019-20 budget dollars go directly to classrooms;
  • The MPS Class of 2018 earned $86.2 million in scholarships; and
  • MPS is home to five of the state and nation's top high schools according to U.S. News and World Report.

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