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Transition to In-Person Learning

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March 27, 2021

Dear MPS Families,

We have important information that we want to share regarding the transition to in-person learning, meal distribution, athletics, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, and much more. Please review the information below so you and your child are up to date about important changes.

In-Person Learning: The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has approved a plan to return students to in-person learning in April. Families who would like their children to continue learning remotely can remain virtual for the remainder of the school year.

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 are in danger of failing 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.

Family Survey—Select a Learning Option: Families are asked to complete a survey indicating their choice of in-person or virtual learning. Surveys can be accessed online at Families are asked to return surveys by April 1, 2021. Survey information is important to plan for buses, student meals, and more.

Student Meals—Preorders: Important changes are coming to meal distribution! April 1 will be the last date for meal distribution at Stop, Grab, and Go locations. Beginning April 12, new procedures will be in place.

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 for more information. Meals for the week of April 12 must be ordered by Monday, March 29.

Family Engagement Sessions: To help students and families prepare to go back to school, MPS will host information sessions about preparations and procedures in schools to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Wednesday, March 31: Parents of K3–3rd grade students

Wednesday, April 14: Parents of 4th–8th grade students

Wednesday, April 21: Parents of high school students

All sessions are 5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Register using this link:

Families will receive login information after they register.

Roadmap to Readiness Website: For up-to-date 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.

Sports Are Back!! MPS is pleased to share that 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.

Vaccines Available for Ten Milwaukee ZIP Codes: All Milwaukee residents age 18 and older from select ZIP codes, as well as residents with specified health conditions, are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents of the following ZIP codes can schedule a vaccine now: 53204, 53205, 53206, 53209, 53215, 53216, 53218, 53223, 53224, 53233. Visit the Milwaukee County COVID-19 web site for information and details about scheduling a vaccine.

For questions, we encourage families to contact their child’s teacher, principal, or school parent coordinator.

Please stay safe and healthy!


Dr. Keith P. Posley
Superintendent, Milwaukee Public 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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