Health & Safety

The health and safety of Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students, staff, and families is our top priority.

MPS is implementing advanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Visit our Health & Safety Video webpage,  the Health & Safety section of our FAQ webpage, and the topics below to learn more.

Cleaning and Sanitation

All schools are cleaned and sanitized daily. Milwaukee Public Schools has hired additional workers for cleaning.

Air Quality and Ventilation

We are following guidance from the CDC, which uses standards developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), to include:

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units are supplying the maximum amount of outside air the units can safely provide. Windows have been made operational.
  • HVAC units are running two hours before and two hours after buildings are occupied

Air quality is being tested throughout the district, giving priority to classrooms and schools without window access to outside air. Results will be reported to the Board on a monthly basis.

HVAC Air Filters

MPS uses the maximum rating that will not overburden the ventilation system or reduce air flow.

Air filters are changed monthly to enhance air cleaning. Portable HEPA filtration units have been added to classrooms for improved air quality.

Building Engineer Staff

  • Additional building engineer staff are dedicated to sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, desks, chairs, handrails, drinking fountains, restroom surfaces, sink handles and more, as well as cleaning and restocking restrooms during the school and work day.
  • All building engineer staff are trained on appropriate sanitation protocol. 
  • Upon hire, all building engineer staff are given four days of basic cleaning training  that includes how to properly disinfect high-touch areas. 
  • Each year, building engineer staff also participate in a training webinar to review basics and expectations. 
  • All building engineer staff will continue to receive training on any new disinfecting and sanitizing procedures.

Practices and Protocols

Healthy Habits

MPS encourages all staff and students to practice healthy habits. These healthy habits include:

  • Washing your hands often
  • Practicing physical distancing and remaining six feet apart
  • Wearing a mask that covers your mouth and nose 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces
  • Staying home if you’re sick

Masks

All staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear masks. If refused, they must leave the building. Masks are not required outdoors.

Physical Distancing

MPS will continue to support physical distancing to the greatest extent possible in all areas of our schools, including the following:

  • Meal service
  • Gym classes
  • Libraries
  • Recess

Signage

  • Appropriate signage has been placed throughout all school and district buildings.
  • Signage includes traffic patterns and how to navigate through school and district buildings, healthy practices and protocols, bathroom and common space occupancy counts, and more.

Sanitation Stations

  • Sanitation stations are located throughout school buildings. Although building engineer staff will be cleaning and disinfecting school and district buildings appropriately, staff who wish to disinfect high-touch surfaces, will have access to the supplies to do so. Stations are filled prior to the start of the day and re-filled as needed. 
  • Stations include labeled spray bottles, towels, a trash can, a sign out sheet, and a reminder sheet that all staff should wash their hands after returning items to the station.
  • Sanitation stations are designed for desks and tables, chairs, keyboards, in-room sinks, light switches, and door knobs. Staff using the sanitation stations will be asked to contact the building engineer if supplies are running low.

School Operations

MPS schools will follow CDC and local health department recommendations to implement physical distancing between students, staff, and visitors.

Visitors

Buildings will be open to the public. All visitors must wear a face mask. Appointments are recommended.

Lockers

• School will assign lockers to students.

• Protocol for locker usage will be established by schools and communicated to staff and students.

Recess

• Students will be encouraged to have recess. Transition to recess will be staggered for safety purposes.

• Specific guidelines will be provided to schools.

Textbooks

Educators will distribute textbooks during classroom instruction if needed. After student use, all materials will be sanitized.

Transition

• All students will follow established bell schedule.

• Students will be monitored in halls for physical distancing.

Before- and After-School Programs

Before- and after-school programming will be available and adjusted to comply with CDC and MHD requirements.

  • All 21st Century CLC programs will be open.
  • Select Safe Place and Childcare Camp locations will also open. Please check with your school’s principal for details and availability.
  • Transportation protocols have been established for programs such as Head Start, special education, etc.

Supplies

  • Building engineer staff will ensure that buildings have sufficient amounts of hand sanitizer, soap, tissues, paper towels, masks and cleaning supplies.
  • Building engineer staff will work with school principals and bookkeepers to maintain 2-3 months of supplies, then adjust as needed.