Milwaukee Public Schools’ (MPS) phased-in reopening recommendation for the 2020-21 school year was unanimously approved by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. The Board, in a 7-2 vote, also approved to maintain the early and traditional start calendars for the school year.
The phased in approach includes, Phase 1-full remote learning, Phase 2-hybird learning, and Phase 3-face-to-face learning with virtual option.
MPS will start the school year with virtual learning for all students. As the spread of COVID-19 decreases, students will return to schools for two days each week for face-to-face learning and virtual three days each week. Phase three will allow all students to return to the classroom five days a week, when conditions are healthy to return. MPS will monitor public health conditions to determine movement between each phase.
“To help preserve the health and well-being of our students and staff, we believe virtual learning is the best scenario at this time,” MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith P. Posley said. “This was a difficult decision but a necessary one as we work diligently to provide the best education for our students. We look forward to returning to in-class instruction but only when we can do so safely.”
As details continue to develop, the district will provide information to students, families, and staff regarding the upcoming school year. Families are encouraged to stay up to date with information about the fall semester by visiting the MPS website, downloading the MPS App on their smartphones, and following MPS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
To enroll, visit mpsmke.com/enroll, call 414-267-5100, or take part in Curbside Enrollment at MPS Central Services on August 3 and 4.
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Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! As we navigate school closures during the coronavirus pandemic, please share your thanks and support of all teachers who educate and care for our children. Our students’ futures depend on the work of teachers and school staff.
Help us celebrate teachers! Send us a creative photo, message of thanks, or short video honoring a favorite teacher or your school. Post on social media and tag with #TAW2020, #MPSProud, or #MPSTeacher, or send your messages to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teaching is a balancing act of academics, safety, behavior, and student needs, now with added layers of complexity during the Safer at Home order. MPS teachers are finding new ways to engage with their students through social media, Google Classroom, online learning, and more. Browse MPS social media posts on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram to see the many ways that teachers are staying connected and supporting students.
Nationwide, teachers are in demand. A national shortage of teachers means that schools will be searching to fill teaching positions at least through the next five to ten years. Consider becoming a teacher to impact the next generation!
Thank you to every one of the more than 5,000 teachers who work for MPS! Our students, families, and the community appreciate the dedication and hard work that teachers put in every day. We encourage the entire Milwaukee community to thank our teachers!
The district is providing meaningful learning activities and family resources to ensure continuous learning during this extended school closure due to COVID-19.
It is important for your child to continue learning at home in order to reinforce academic skills, minimize instructional loss, and maintain routines and schedules in order to engage and connect. In addition to grade-specific learning resources, we have included practical, community-related support in the family resources section as well as additional enrichment activities and virtual experiences.
We know that not all our families have access to computers and internet services and we are prepared to take steps to ensure all learners have the necessary access to online materials.
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Here is the April 2020 Newsletter. Please continue to stay healthy and well. Take care.