MPS is working closely with the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to stay informed of the most current information and recommendations regarding COVID-19. Currently, meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and its committees are being held in person in the Auditorium of the Central Services Building at 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee. In order to ensure the greatest level of public participation as possible, the Board will accept testimony in person, virtually, and in writing - as indicated in the meeting's notice.
Effective immediately, and in light of the CDC’s current guidelines regarding COVID-19, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors has removed the requirement for masks, as well as the 3:00 p.m. deadline for in-person registration of speakers prior to the start of any meeting and, as was its pre-pandemic practice, will accept speaker slips at any time during the meeting, with no limit on the number of speakers to be registered.
Please check the meeting's notice for specific information about whether public testimony will be accepted, COVID-19 restrictions, or other important information about the meeting.
Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities through sign language interpreters or other auxiliary aids. Please contact the Office of Board Governance, Room 273, Central Services Building, 5225 West Vliet Street, P.O. Box 2181, Milwaukee, WI 53201-2181; Phone (414) 475-8284; Fax (414) 475-8071; TTY (888) 808-0928.
Boardcast Access Options
To follow a live meeting:
Tune to WYMS radio, 88.9 FM (Regular and some Special meetings only)
Live-stream the meeting's audio by clicking the player below (Meetings of the Board and its committees).
View or listen to the meetings via the MPS YouTube Stream - Click here to go to the MPS live streaming page. (Meetings of the Board and its committees)
To watch or listen to past meetings at anytime:
Public Testimony Options:
Note: The meeting's notice will state whether public testimony will be accepted during the meeting.
Option 1: Provide comments in writing:
By U.S. Mail:
Milwaukee Board of School Directors
c/o Office of Board Governance
P.O. Box 2181
Milwaukee, WI 53201-2181
By fax: 414-475-8071
By email: Provide comments by email .
Option 2: Provide testimony in person:
You must register in advance before the start of the meeting. (Meetings generally begin at 5:30 PM, unless stated otherwise in the meeting's notice). Speaker registration slips will be available in the lobby of the Central Services building. Bring your completed slip to the Board Clerk on the stage. Speaker slips will not be accepted once the meeting has started.
Option 3: Provide testimony virtually:
You must register in advance to receive your unique access link/code. Registration requests must be submitted by 3:00 PM on the day of the meeting.
Register to join the meeting via phone:
Call 414-475-8200 and follow the instructions.
You will receive a return phone call to confirm your registration and will receive a special phone number to call for the meeting, as well as a unique entry code, which may not be shared with others.
To enter the meeting, call the number provided in the confirmation phone call. When prompted, enter the meeting ID number that you were given.
To enter the meeting and provide testimony, you must dial-in using the phone number you registered with. Individuals who access the meeting using a different phone number, or without entering their unique codes, will not be added to the platform.
Register to join the meeting with another device:
Follow the directions on our registration page, found here.
Your device must have a microphone. You will not appear visually. Test your connection ahead of time at this link: https://zoom.us/test
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with your unique access link. To enter the meeting and provide testimony you must use your unique link, which may not be shared with others. Individuals who do not access via their unique links will not be added to the platform.
Note: Check spam or junk folders if you do not see the confirmation email in your inbox.
To enter the meeting follow the link in the email confirmation that will be sent to you.
Speaking Instructions for All Virtual Participants
Step 1: Enter the meeting via your unique link/dial-in code. You will be placed in a virtual waiting room. After the meeting starts, you will be able to hear the meeting, but you will not be heard or seen. You will not be able to enter the meeting until it starts. If you can't get in immdiately, try again (the meeting may be starting late).
NOTE: If you experience interference noise, it is recommended that you shut down or move away from other devices that are connected to the meeting or to Wi-Fi. Ensure that you have no background noises. If board members and the listening audience are unable to hear you clearly due to your background noise or digital interference, you may be removed from the meeting.
Step 2: During the meeting, the Chair will call your name to speak. Speakers must state their first and last names and spell their last names before providing testimony. Each speaker will have a total of two minutes and fifteen seconds (2:15) )in which to speak. A timer box will be shown on the screen for those watching the meeting. The Board Clerk will vocally alert phone-in participants when they have fifteen seconds of speaking time remaining.
Step 3: To be fair to all speakers, the platform will remove you once your speaking time has elapsed.
Step 4: If you wish to continue to follow the meeting, you may do so by using the Boardcast options described above.
Technical Difficulties: Individuals who are unable to access the platform or complete their testimomy due to technical difficulties may submit their testimony in writing as described above. Both written and oral testimony will be made part of the official meeting record.