In compliance with the City of Milwaukee’s and Milwaukee County’s “Safer at Home” public health orders associated with the Coronavirus, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors is providing alternative ways for the community to provide comments at public hearings that comply with open meeting laws. Currently the Board and its committees are holding meetings virtually while MPS buildings are closed to the public.
Below please find information on ways in which you can participate remotely in public meetings. Should you have additional needs which cannot be met by the options below, please know we will do our best to accommodate your participation. Please call 414-475-8284 or send us an email and provide your name, address, and a phone number. We will contact you and let you know about other ways in which you may participate.
Thank you for your understanding as we adopt these new measures during this time to provide safer options for the public to participate in school board meetings.
Please read the following information carefully.
To follow the meeting live:
- Tune to WYMS radio, 88.9 FM
- View or listen to the meetings via the MPS YouTube Stream - Click here to go to the MPS live streaming page.
- Click the player below to listen to live-streaming audio during meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and its committees.
To provide written testimony:
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
Provide comments by email .
To provide oral testimony during the meeting:
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.
Complete the registration at the following link:
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.
To Register by Phone:
You may register to give your testimony by dialing in by phone. To register for this option, call 414-475-8200 and follow the instructions. You will receive a 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 and provide testimony, you must call using the phone number you registered with. All individuals who access the meeting without using their unique codes will not be added to the platform.
To enter the meeting, call the number provided in the confirmation phone call. When prompted, enter the meeting ID number that you were given.
Speaking Instructions for All 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.
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 (2) minutes 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: Once you have been removed as a speaker, you are also removed from the meeting platform. If you wish to continue to follow the meeting, you may so by radio on WYMS 88.9 FM, or via the livestream or MPS YouTube stream, the links to which have been provided above.
Individuals who are removed from the platform before completing their testimony or those who were unsuccessful in joining the meeting may submit their testimony in writing using the options for submittal of written testimony as described above. Both written and oral testimony will be made part of the official meeting record.