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Wisconsin begins Safer at Home Order to slow COVID-19

To enhance public health and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett issued statewide and local “safer at home” orders effective March 25, 2020. Wisconsin residents are asked to stay at home until April 24, 2020. Individuals are allowed to go out in public only for essential needs including food, medication, and health care, and to attend work in identified essential services such as health care and public safety.

The public is asked to limit travel only for essential purposes. This includes traveling to purchase food and other essentials; to access work, health care, and education materials; and to care for family members, the elderly, and others who need assistance. When public transportation is used, riders are required to maintain a 6-foot distance from each other.

All MPS schools will remain closed until further notice. During this time, we encourage you to help your child keep learning at home. Visit the MPS Online Resources page to find a number of educational websites with free access for families.

MPS will continue to distribute grade-level enrichment materials and breakfasts and lunches for students at 20 Stop, Grab, and Go sites, Monday through Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. View a list of locations and other updates on our COVID-19 Updates page.

If you need to locate food, health care, or other assistance, Impact 2-1-1 provides a directory of community resources. Access an online resource directory, call 211 to speak to a community resource specialist, or text your ZIP code to TXT-211 (898-211) to receive a response.

We urge you to follow the “safer at home” guidelines issued by the state; read the complete Safer at Home Order from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Please continue to keep yourself and your family safe by washing hands often, sanitizing your home, and practice social distancing by staying 6 feet or more away from others.

If you experience symptoms of coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath), contact your doctor or clinic or call 2-1-1 for assistance. Health professionals will answer your questions Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:45pm.

We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school after this emergency passes.

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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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