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MPS schools welcome students back for in-person learning

Students Walking in to school MacDowell Montessori rolled out the red carpet on August 16 for students returning to in-person learning. Students and families were welcomed by Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley, Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Bob Peterson, Mayor Tom Barrett, Sheriff Earnell Lucas, district administrators, and others. Children were excited to return to school, see their teachers and friends, and get ready for hands-on learning.

MPS early start schools across the city, including all high schools, middle schools, and connected elementary schools, were back in session on August 16. MPS is returning to full-time in-person learning for the 2021–22 school year.

Principal Andrea Corona welcomed guests and families. Dr. Posley and Bob Peterson emphasized the importance of returning to classrooms for academic learning and mental wellness, and also outlined strategies to keep students and staff safe and healthy as the pandemic continues. The district has expanded COVID-19 mitigation measures that began in spring, which include maximizing ventilation, electronic HEPA filtration units throughout buildings, hand sanitizing stations, frequent hand washing, physical distancing, and wearing of masks by students and staff.

“I’m very excited to welcome students and staff back into our buildings,” said Dr. Posley. “Our teams have worked very hard to ensure safety and to make sure students receive all the supports they need. This is an important school year and we are committed to helping all students achieve.”

MacDowell Montessori is one of seven Montessori schools in MPS, and is the only K3-12th grade public Montessori school in the nation. Montessori education is based in hands-on learning and allows children to work at their own pace. MacDowell Montessori is located at 6415 W. Mount Vernon Avenue. For more information about Montessori schools in MPS, visit the MPS Montessori web page.

MPS schools on the traditional calendar (most elementary schools) will begin Thursday, September 2. Families who have questions about start dates should contact their child’s school.

Enrollment is still open! Visit to learn more, or visit MPS Central Services for in-person registration.

MPS Central Services is located at 5225 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee. Call (414) 475-8159.



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