August 7, 2020
Dear MPS Staff,
Welcome to the start of the 2020-21 school year!
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe and healthy during this time. While the start of this school year looks different from previous years, please know that Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to ensuring that students receive a quality education in a safe environment.
Milwaukee Public Schools will reopen in a phased-in approach. In Phase 1-Virtual Learning, teachers will facilitate live whole and small group instruction as well as individual support online. During Phase 2-Hybrid, instruction will be provided both face-to-face in school and online. In Phase 3, face-to-face instruction will be provided in school with a virtual option. The district will monitor public health conditions to determine movement between each phase.
In order to support staff, we are providing several professional development opportunities available right now and opening soon in the Learning Management System. Some of them are mandatory, but all of them are extremely helpful for staff to have a strong foundation in virtual learning and gain an understanding of new processes that relate to our virtual school reopening. Google will be the district’s main learning platform; Seesaw will be the learning platform for K3-K5 and some schools with 1st and 2nd-grade students. Please take some time to explore and participate in these learning opportunities to ensure a seamless start to the school year.
Thank you to our building operations staff who have been working diligently to ensure our buildings are equipped with all the necessary PPE – masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, soap, paper towels, and other restroom and cleaning supplies. All of our buildings will have appropriate signage posted throughout to promote health and safety. As you return, we ask that you continue to practice healthy habits such as:
- Wash your hands often and for 20 seconds
- Practice physical distancing
- Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Stay home if you are sick
We want to make sure we welcome our students and staff back to school with the same enthusiasm we have done in the past. Next week, we will host a virtual Welcome Back to School Spirit Week as a lead up to the first day of early start schools. I invite you to join in and participate in each day’s events and celebrations.
Welcome Back to School Spirit Week Themes
- Monday—Motivational Monday! Share a quote or message that inspires you.
- Tuesday—Show Your School Spirit! Post photos wearing your school colors and/or clothing.
- Wednesday—Welcome Wednesday! Make a video telling why you are excited for school to start and welcome students, staff, and friends back to school.
- Thursday—School Picture Day! Post a new or throwback school picture.
- Friday— What are you Looking Forward to Friday? Post a picture or video of what you are looking forward to about the new school year.
We want to see your spirit! Post your photos and videos using the hashtags #MPSspiritweek and #MPSProud, tag MPS in your social media posts, or email your photos and videos to email@example.com Be sure to include your name and the name of your school.
I also encourage you to visit our district website for school reopening updates and to connect with the district on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and as well as my Twitter account.
I am excited about returning to school and your enthusiasm to welcome and support all of our young people. You make me MPS Proud!
Have fun, and welcome back to school!
Dr. Keith P. Posley
Superintendent of Schools