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Dear MPS Families,
Thank you for your continued partnership in supporting students' virtual education; your efforts are greatly appreciated! Tuesday night, October 27, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors met at a Special Board Meeting to discuss the proposed January 2021 start date for phase 2 in the Roadmap to Readiness plan - hybrid learning. It was decided that hybrid learning would be postponed and MPS will continue with virtual learning until further notice.
As we face constantly changing conditions, we know that any decision about moving between phases could change at any point. Our guiding principles in the Roadmap to Readiness Plan which include Health and Safety, Quality Instruction, Student and Staff Support, Efficient and Safe Operations, and Effective Communication are top of mind as we continue to plan for a safe next step.
We will not be successful alone. I continue to be amazed at the strength, flexibility, and energy that our families, staff and students are putting forth as we navigate this pandemic together.
In the meantime, MPS will continue to look ahead by keeping open communication and engaging with our stakeholder groups to ensure that when it is safe to return, we will be ready.
Let’s continue to do our part to keep everyone safe. As always, follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Wash your hands with water and soap.
- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay at least six feet from others.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a mask.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Monitor your health daily.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider and review information about testing sites in and around Milwaukee by viewing the Wisconsin Health Services COVID-19 Community Testing Sites Map.
Thank you for all of your phenomenal effort and flexibility as you work with teachers to help ensure that your student succeeds--you make me MPS Proud!
Dr. Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools
Children, especially young ones, are more likely to get very sick from diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. To be fully protected from these diseases, children may need more than one vaccination. For this reason, it takes about seven trips to the doctor to make sure your child has all the recommended shots. Immunizations are required for entry into childcare and school so it is important that you make sure your child is up-to-date.
This year, there is even more emphasis on getting the flu vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.
While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
- Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
- Flu vaccine is an important preventative tool for people with chronic health conditions including but not limited to diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease, chronic lung disease, and many more.
- Flu vaccine helps protect women during and after pregnancy
- Flu vaccine can be lifesaving in children
- Flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce the severity of illness in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.
- Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you.
Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, the City of Milwaukee has made drive thru flu clinic services available. Vaccines are available at your primary healthcare provider, pharmacies, community health clinics and some work places.
Please contact your school to share updated immunization information and if you would like to speak with your school’s nurse.
Free Flu Clinic November 9-12
No appointment or insurance required!
Children’s Wisconsin will be on site at four MPS locations the week of November 9 to provide free flu immunizations. The City of Milwaukee Health Department is providing the flu immunizations, which will be administered by Children’s Wisconsin school nurses and Children’s Community Health Plan nurses.
The vaccines are available to all community members, regardless of insurance coverage, including children over 6 months of age as well as adults. No appointment or insurance is required. Interpreter services will also be available.
People who wish to receive a flu shot must fill out a vaccine consent form which will be available onsite. Masks are required and social distancing measures will be followed. Each school will have signs directing community members to the flu shot clinics.
All events are from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The dates and locations are:
- Monday, Nov. 9: Andrew S. Douglas Middle School - 3620 N. 18th St.
- Tuesday, Nov. 10: Engleburg Elementary School - 5100 N. 91 St.
- Wednesday, Nov. 11: Anna F. Doerfler Elementary School - 3014 W. Scott St.
- Thursday, Nov. 12: Zablocki Community School - 1016 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Stay in Touch
Keeping our families informed is a high priority at MPS. An effective way to receive real-time updates and alerts from the district and your child’s school is through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
Please contact your child’s school to sign up for an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. The school secretary will ask you some questions to verify your identity and your relationship to the child. The secretary will provide you with an activation key for signing up.
Once you have registered, you can access the Infinite Campus Parent Portal online at mpsmke.com/parentportal or through an Infinite Campus mobile application. The Infinite Campus Parent Portal allows 24-hour access to view your child’s:
- Transportation information
- And more!
Recover a username or password
To recover a username/password, parents/guardians should email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Set up a new Parent Portal Account
For assistance with setting up a new Parent Portal account, parents/guardians may call 414-475-8159 or email email@example.com.
Opt-in to Receive Texts
The district is now utilizing the SchoolMessenger system to send text messages to the mobile phones of MPS staff and families to keep everyone up-to-date with important information, safety alerts, school closing and more. MPS families will need to opt-in to continue to receive important district and school messages to their phone.
You need to opt-in by sending a text message to 67587 with Y” or “Yes.” You can do this step with any mobile phone you would like to receive messages.
For questions or assistance, please contact the Department of Communications and Marketing at 414-475-8274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.