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Mask Policy for the 2022–23 School Year

As the new school year approaches, Milwaukee Public Schools has revised its policy for wearing masks in schools. The district will continue to require masks to be worn at all schools, sites, and activities when the community level in Milwaukee County is rated in the High category as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC updates its COVID-19 Community Level data weekly on Thursdays. The district will follow the CDC COVID Data Tracker as the source for COVID data in Milwaukee County. Using this data, MPS will make determinations every Thursday, with mask requirements being updated for the following school day and subsequent week.

The CDC ranking for community levels includes indicators such as hospital admissions and hospital occupancy rates by COVID-19 patients. Positive test rates are considered less reliable than they were previously due to increased rates of home testing.

If COVID-19 levels drop into the Low or Medium category as determined by the CDC, MPS will transition to optional mask wearing. The district will send communications to families, staff, and the community any time the mask policy changes.

MPS will continue to provide masks for students, families, and staff at all schools and sites.

Student COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive

Vaccination is one of the key factors in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. To promote the health and safety of all MPS students and staff, MPS is offering a $100 incentive to all students age 12 and over who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021. Information is now available on the student vaccine incentive webpage. Learn more about eligibility, receiving the vaccine, and applying for the incentive.

Staying Safe & Healthy

Milwaukee Public Schools is taking steps to keep students, staff, and families safe and healthy.

  • Students and staff are required to wear masks on buses and indoors. Masks will not be required while outdoors.
  • Students and staff will practice three feet of physical distancing.
  • HEPA air filters have been placed throughout buildings.
  • Before- and after-school care is open.

2021 – 22 Family Guides

Families can download the 2021 – 22 Family Guide in the languages below.

Arabic | Burmese | English | Farsi | Hmong | Karen | Rohingya | Somali | Spanish

School Meals

The Department of Nutrition Services is committed to providing healthy meals at no charge to anyone age 18 and under throughout the school year and summer months. Visit the Nutrition webpage to read about the upcoming changes that affect MPS meal service.

Stay Connected

Keep your contact information up to date in our records so you can receive back-to-school information from the district and your school.

The district is now utilizing the SchoolMessenger system to send text messages to the mobile phones of MPS staff and families to keep everyone up-to-date with important information, safety alerts, school closing and more.

MPS staff and families will need to opt-in to continue to receive important district and school messages to their phone. Everyone will need to opt-in by sending a text message to 67587 with “Y”. You can do this step with any mobile phone you would like to receive messages. For questions or assistance, please contact the Department of Communications and Marketing at 414-475-8274 or

Parent Portal Technical Support

To set up a new parent portal account or receive assistance with an existing account, please visit the Technical Help webpage.