October 5, 2020
Dear MPS Families,
I want to thank you for your time, dedication, and flexibility as valued partners in your child’s education during the first virtual school reopening in the history of Milwaukee Public Schools. This was not an easy decision, nor was it taken lightly. Many people worked tirelessly to process feedback from our community about our reopening. Please know that the district is always keeping the best interests of our families and staff in mind as we plan and make decisions.
During these first weeks of school, we have all experienced some bumps in the road while learning virtually. Nonetheless, I am thoroughly impressed with the way that everyone is coming together to ensure that our children succeed. Remember that we are all in this together. I encourage you to explore MPS’s school reopening website to find information and resources that relate to virtual learning, technology tutorials, and other reopening topics. As always, you are welcome to contact your child’s teacher or school with any questions.
Since the start of the Roadmap to Readiness in Milwaukee Public Schools, we continue to review and monitor the COVID-19 data in the city and state as well as across the nation. The work groups that provided input for the roadmap continue to meet and develop plans that focus on safety and health for the next phase. It is the district’s goal to remain transparent and to communicate in a timely manner regarding school reopening decisions.
The logistics involved in safely educating all our students every day in a pandemic are a challenge and we need to be able to safely transition between phases. Our families and staff make up a significant portion of the population of Milwaukee. Increasing the likelihood of students, families, and staff remaining COVID-19 free is important to the district. To that end, Milwaukee Public Schools will remain fully virtual until further notice.
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.
I am MPS Proud of all the work families are doing, alongside teachers, to create a meaningful learning environment for students at home. Helping children navigate school during a global pandemic is not easy, but I can tell that you are rising to the occasion.
Please continue communicating with your school, learning technology tools, and engaging with your children about their virtual education. It truly does take a village to raise a child, perhaps now more than ever. I can’t wait to hear all the wonderful things that happen this school year!
Dr. Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools