Milwaukee Public Schools will temporarily transition to virtual learning from Tuesday, according to a statement Sunday night. The district’s goal is to resume personal learning on January 10th.
“MPS was scheduled to resume personal learning on January 4, 2022, but due to an influx of reported positive COVID-19 cases among district staff, this emergency measure is being implemented,” the statement said.
District employees who are not quarantined in accordance with the MPS COVID-19 protocol are expected to report to their workplace, the statement said.
Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association posted on Facebook Saturday that they advocated for MPS to return pretty much this week “so that testing can take place and staff assessed properly.”
Students should sign in to their learning platforms Google Classroom or SeeSaw to receive additional instruction Tuesday, an MPS email told parents. Families can contact school leaders for assistance with technology needs.
Students’ meals will be delivered daily at various stops, grabs and go-places from kl. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the MPS announcement. More information about this will be posted on the district’s and schools’ websites as well as social media.
The district will provide COVID-19 test options for MPS students and staff at six locations from 9 to 19 Monday, the announcement said. Advance registration is required at register.covidconnect.wi.gov/en-US/. The places are:
- Hamilton High School: 6215 W. Warnimont Ave.
- Marshall High School: 4141 N. 64th St.
- Obama SCTE: 5075 N. Sherman Blvd.
- Pulaski High School: 2500 W. Oklahoma Ave.
- South Division High School: 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.
- Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL): 1017 N. 12th St.
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When personal learning resumes, testing will continue to be available to students and staff at each school.
While individual MPS schools have temporarily become virtual at various times during the fall semester, it is the first time this school year that the entire district has become virtual.
“We will continue to assess the situation and provide updates as new information becomes available,” the statement said.
COVID-19 stops return in Greendale and Madison schools
Greendale Schools will not have school on Monday due to “a high percentage of instructional staff in isolation or quarantined due to positive COVID-19 cases,” according to a message on its website.
“We are reviewing the impact and length of these absences to establish a curriculum for students for the remainder of the week,” the statement said.
A plan will be communicated to the local community by Monday noon.
The buildings will be open during school hours, and children enrolled in Bridge for Kids will, according to the announcement, have access to child care. Care 4 Kids is closed on Mondays.
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., free drive-thru lunch will be available at Greendale High School for all of the district’s K-12 students, the announcement said.
Free COVID-19 test by appointment only is also available at the high school on Monday.
The Madison Metropolitan School District decided to suspend its return from the winter break due to an increase in COVID-19 in its community and after discussion with local health experts, according to a message on its website.
The teaching returns on Thursday, but will be virtual. An update is also expected that day.
On Monday, MMSD staff will return to their workspaces, schedules and routines to work on adapting and developing plans “centered around students’ academic and social-emotional needs as well as their current reality,” the statement said.