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We're Back! And Ready for the School Year!

children at Rogers Street walking down the red carpet on the first day of schoolSeptember 2, 2021

Dear MPS Families and Staff,

As I said Thursday morning to the staff, students, and families at Rogers Street Academy where we rolled out the red carpet: Welcome to the start of the best year ever!

Everyone in MPS has been hard at work preparing for this important school year. We are ready with safe and healthy schools for all our learners from age 3 all the way through high school. I want to thank our entire district—teachers, school support staff, administrators, nutrition services, facilities and maintenance, and all the Central Services teams for the many preparations you have been part of. You are appreciated and your work is essential to a successful school year.

To help you be ready for school, some important information and reminders are shared in this letter.

Safe & Healthy Together

The district continues to monitor information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wisconsin Department of Public Health, and Milwaukee Health Department as pandemic conditions change. We encourage everyone to take steps to stay safe.

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain 3 feet of distance from others.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 daily.
  • Get vaccinated if you are age 12 or older.
  • Stay home if you feel sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are waiting for test results.

Ready ~ Set ~ Return to the Classroom Family Guide

MPS has created a Family Guide with important information about returning to in-person learning this fall. Get information about school start times, health and safety procedures, COVID-19 mitigation strategies, ways to keep students safe, and important updates in schools. Check out the Family Guide today on the MPS Roadmap to Readiness website!

Drinking Water in Schools

All MPS schools have clean drinking water available for students throughout the day. To support physical distancing, some drinking fountains have been turned off, but all schools have adequate water bottle filling stations and fountains available for all students.

Procedures During Hot Weather

The district continually monitors weather conditions to ensure safety and is prepared to take action when needed. Schools are taking steps in warm weather to make buildings as comfortable as possible, including pulling shades, running fans, providing water breaks, and watching students for any signs of heat-related illness.

Athletic Registration Is Extended to September 8

High school students who wish to register for fall sports may still do so until Wednesday, September 8. Visit Milwaukee Recreation’s Athletics page to sign up.

Stay Connected

Please also visit and follow the MPS WebsiteFacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages to view our start of the school year posts, events, news. Post your own photos on social using the hashtags #MPSDayOne and #MPSProud.

I’m looking forward to an excellent school year. See you in class!


Dr. Polsey's Signature

Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools

Office of the Superintendent

Dr. Posley

Dr. Keith P. Posley is Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools. 

As Superintendent, Dr. Posley works with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and district leadership to improve student achievement; engage in effective and efficient operations that make best use of district resources; and, develop opportunities to increase parental and community involvement.

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