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Milwaukee Public Schools Releases School Reopening Recommendation

MPS Central ServicesMILWAUKEE (July 13, 2020) -- Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) released its reopening plan and a phased-in reopening recommendation for the start of the 2020-21 school year that will be presented to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. Last month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors scheduled a special board meeting to be held Thursday, July 16, at 5:30 P.M. to further discuss the district's reopening plan.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school buildings have been closed since March. Upon receiving feedback from MPS students, families, and staff via surveys and input from stakeholders and workgroups, MPS has outlined three instructional model scenarios and a three-phase return model that begins with virtual learning for all students in the fall. The three-phase recommendation will be voted on during Thursday's special board meeting.

“I want to thank all our students, families, staff members, stakeholder groups, as well as our state and local leaders for participating and giving us feedback and input on our reopening plan,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley said. “Our goal is to have students and staff return to school safely for the 2020-21 school year.  We believe a phased-in approach will allow for teaching and learning to continue during this public health situation.”

The public can give live testimony during Thursday’s meeting. Community members that wish to speak must register in advance to receive a participation code to enter the meeting. The deadline to register is 3:00 P.M. on July 16, 2020.


To register to participate by dial-in, call 414-475-8200 and follow the instructions. To register to participate via email, visit the Boardcast page of the MPS website to send an email request:

Written comments may be submitted to the Office of Board Governance by mail, to 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee, 53221; by email, to; or by fax, to 414-475-8071. Written comments received before 3:00 P.M. on July 16, 2020, will be forwarded to the Committee for its consideration.


This meeting will be broadcast on WYMS radio— 88.9 FM, or on Time-Warner/Spectrum Channel 13, and via livestream or the MPS YouTube Stream at:


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