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04-16-21 Family Friday Newsletter

In-Person Learning Returns in April!

Milwaukee Public Schools is excited to welcome students back to our school buildings and into the classrooms! Students in K3 through grade 3 returned to schools on April 14. Read more about this important day and see photos of excited students returning to class!

To help families transitioning to in-person learning, the district has compiled a list of answers to commonly asked questions.

Download Frequently Asked Questions in English.

Download Frequently Asked Questions in Spanish.

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. In-person learning will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Note that all students will learn virtually on Wednesdays beginning April 21.

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 are in danger of failing begin in-person learning. Students in grades 9, 10, and 11 will remain virtual.

COVID-19 Testing in Schools

To keep students and staff safe, small groups of students and staff will be tested for COVID-19 using pooled testing. In a pooled test, as many as 25 people will be sampled and the test swabs will be sent as a group to a lab. The lab will determine if COVID-19 is present in the group (no individual results are possible). This is a fast and efficient way to monitor classrooms. Families will need to sign a consent form for children to be tested. Information and consent forms are attached here.

Pooled Testing Information - English

Consent Form - English

Pooled Testing Information - Spanish

Consent Form - Spanish

Instructions for Swabbing Your Nose

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 are in place as of 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 May 3 must be ordered by Wednesday, April 21.

Family Engagement Sessions

To help students and families prepare to go back to school, MPS is hosting informational sessions about preparations and procedures in schools to keep everyone safe and healthy. The remaining session for parents of high school students will take place on Wednesday, April 21 from 5:30 – 7:00 P.M. Download the flyer in English or Spanish for more information.

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

Families will receive login information after they register.

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

Parents of students in grades 4-8 can watch the video of their session.

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 - Deadline Extended!!

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 must register by Wednesday, April 28. 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. For more information, read the attached letter about spring sports. To locate your school's athletic director, contact information for each school is attached.

Register Now for Summer Academy

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 1 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 Is Open

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 is now open 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.

2020 Tax Filing Deadline Has Been Extended

Due to the pandemic, the IRS has extended the deadline for filing 2020 taxes. Instead of filing by April 15, the new deadline is Monday, May 17. Learn more at www.irs.gov.

 

We're here to help!

For questions about your child or your school, please email your child's teacher or principal.

MPS Central Services Phone Line: (414) 475-8393

MPS Hotline: (414) 475-8900

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

For specific questions regarding a child with disabilities, call the Department of Specialized Services at (414) 438-3648.

Families who need support for English language learners can call (414) 777-7806.

Enrollment

If you need immediate enrollment, contact a school directly, visit our Immediate Enrollment page, or call (414) 267-5100. For Fall Enrollment, visit mpsmke.com/enroll.

Chromebook Support

If your student's Chromebook is not working properly, do not try to repair it yourself. Email the MPS Technology Support Center at tsc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us immediately or call (414) 438-3400 . Please include a phone number, school name, student name and ID number, and description of the problem in the email so we can contact you.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Technical Support

Live Parent Portal (Infinite Campus) support is available from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

To recover a username/password: Parents/guardians should email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us. Include the parent/guardian name, child’s name, birth date, and a contact number. If you do not receive a phone call or email within 24 hours, please call (414) 475-8159 for further assistance.

For assistance setting up a new Parent Portal account: Parents/guardians may call (414) 475-8159 or email parentportal@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

 

Milwaukee Board of School Directors

Upcoming Meetings: April

If you'd like to follow the meetings of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, visit the Electronic School Board page to find the meeting schedule, agendas, and links to watch or listen to live meetings. Instructions for public testimony are also offered on this page.

Regular Monthly Board Meeting: Thurs. April 22, 6:30 P.M.

Organizational Board Meeting: Tues. April 27, 5:30 P.M.

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