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05-22-20 Staff Return to Work

Dear MPS Staff,

I hope you are all safe and healthy. I hope that this long weekend brings some relaxation as we responsibly celebrate Memorial Day. I am sure that you have mixed feelings about the return to your worksite on Tuesday, May 26. I want you to know that as we review work schedules and locations, we remain in constant communication with state and local officials. Health and safety concerns are evaluated for all decisions about in-person work.

We are confident that we can return to work with new safety measures in place as many other organizations have in recent days. There will be some differences in how we work and interact together but I am confident that we can adapt to this new normal and continue our mission to educate the children in Milwaukee Public Schools.

The Department of Facilities and Maintenance Services have increased disinfecting protocol with an emphasis on sanitizing commonly touched surfaces throughout each building, such as counters, tables, desks, chairs, doorknobs, panic bars, door surfaces, light switches, elevator buttons, railings, computer keyboards and lavatory fixtures, as well as all offices, cubicles, and meeting rooms.

Building engineers continue to maintain an inventory check of all routine cleaning and operational supplies and place orders immediately for any supplies that are running low. Arrangements have been made for each site to obtain spray bottles of disinfectant, gloves, face masks, and paper towels for personnel to use.

Changes at work locations:

  • All MPS buildings will remain CLOSED to the public. All visitors are prohibited.
  • The building is closed to all visitors, you may wear work-appropriate casual attire. Wearing blue jeans is allowed. However, torn, dirty, or frayed clothing is unacceptable.
  • There will be no temperature checks upon entering the buildings. We need all staff to diligently self-monitor for any symptoms of fever and/or respiratory illness before coming in to work. Please stay home if you exhibit any of those symptoms.
  • Please have your ID badge ready to show safety staff when you enter the building.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be available in each area. Face masks, gloves (for cleaning), and hand sanitizer will be readily available and appropriate usage per CDC guidelines is strongly encouraged.
  • Signage will be posted in the building with limits on occupancy for conference rooms, public spaces, elevators, offices, and restrooms. Signage will also be placed to guide staff in entering and exiting work space corridors that should be followed except in emergencies.
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others. Consider calling a team member instead of visiting their workspace.
  • The cafeteria will remain closed. Please plan food and beverage needs accordingly.

How to protect yourself and others: 

  • If you feel sick, or have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
  • Symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath;
  • Or at least two of these symptoms: fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Wash your hands often, avoid close contact, and cover coughs and sneezes. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a face mask when around others.

Employee resources

Below are additional resources to support any and all staff:

For additional information and resources please visit:

If you have additional questions, please contact your immediate supervisor.

Thank you and have a happy and safe Memorial Day.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools

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