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04-09-21 Family Friday Newsletter

Get Ready for In-Person Learning in April!

Milwaukee Public Schools is excited to welcome students back to our school buildings and into the classrooms starting Wednesday, April 14. Thank you to all our families who filled out the survey to let us know your decision to join us in person or remain virtual for the remainder of the school year.

The district has compiled a list of answers to commonly asked family questions. Read this helpful information in the updated attached flyer.

For more information, visit the Roadmap to Readiness website Frequently Asked Questions for additional details. This site can be translated into Arabic, Burmese, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish.

Students will return to classrooms on the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021: Students in K3 through grade 3 begin in-person learning (attending Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week).
  • Monday, April 19, 2021: Students in grades 4 through 8 begin in-person learning
  • Monday, April 26, 2021: Students in grade 12 and students who need additional support begin in-person learning. Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will remain virtual.

Note that all students will learn virtually on Wednesdays beginning April 21.

Student Meal Preorders

Important changes are coming to meal distribution! As of April 1, 2021, the Stop, Grab, and Go meal program has been discontinued. New procedures will be in place beginning April 12, 2021.

All students who return to in-person learning will receive breakfast and lunch in school on school days. Preorders will now be required for students who remain learning virtually and for students who return to school but need meals on Wednesdays, when school is virtual.

Families will be required to fill out a form at least one week before meals are needed for children age 18 and under. Visit the Meal Preorder Form or download a flyer for more information. Meals for the week of April 26 must be ordered by Wednesday, April 14.

Family Engagement Sessions

To help students and families prepare to go back to school, MPS will host informational sessions about preparations and procedures in schools to keep everyone safe and healthy. All sessions are 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. Download a flyer for more information.

  • Wednesday, April 14: Parents of 4th–8th grade students
  • Wednesday, April 21: Parents of high school students

Parents of K3–3rd grade students can watch the video of the session.

Register using this link: https://bit.ly/2Qzts3L

Families will receive login information after they register.

Before- and After-School Care

Milwaukee Recreation is offering affordable childcare at more than 50 schools throughout the city. Child Care Camps, Community Learning Centers, and Safe Places provide academic support, recreation, activities, and more. All sites are maintaining safe practices including cleaning protocols, face coverings, and social distancing.

For a list of sites, updated hours, and more, visit the Milwaukee Recreation website.

Register for Athletics by April 12

High school spring sports—baseball, boys golf and tennis, softball, girls soccer, and boys and girls track and field—will begin in April. Athletic directors will be trained on all safety guidelines. Learn more and read the Return to Play Game Plan on the MPS Athletics web page.

Student athletes who register by Monday, April 12 can receive FREE bus transportation to practices and games. Register at https://mpsathletics-ar.rschooltoday.com. If you need help registering, contact the athletic director at your school or the MPS Athletics office at (414) 475-8219.

Summer Academy Registration Is Open

Get ready for Summer Academy! Visit mpsmke.com/summeracademy for all the details.

Grades K5-8 can take part in a six-week camp with weekly themes in art, music, math, science, and literacy. Session runs June 22 to July 29 from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Middle and high school students can catch up on credits or get ahead. Two sessions are available: June 7-July 2 and July 6-29 from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

 

In case you missed it . . .

FoodShare for All MPS Families: Link Opens April 12

All Milwaukee Public Schools children are eligible for FoodShare benefits because the district offers free lunch to all students and has been virtual all school year. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) funds are available to families of all Wisconsin children who have been learning from home and are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Parents of school-aged children who currently receive FoodShare benefits will have P-EBT benefits added to the existing QUEST card. Families who currently do not receive FoodShare or other state benefits will need to complete a simplified online P-EBT FoodShare application that will be available April 12 at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/forwardhealth-pebt.htm. Be sure to apply!

Vaccines Available

All Milwaukee residents age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit the Milwaukee Health Department website for information and details about scheduling a vaccine, or contact your health care provider.

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