Parent Engagement Sessions FAQ
District Start Dates
Health & Safety
Meals & Nutrition
For additional information, see the Academics section on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.
Teachers and school staff members will be provided social/emotional learning resources to use with their students.
A student will have the ability to work from home and daily attendance will not be affected.
Based on family needs, parents have the option to return to the virtual platform for the reminder of the year. However, those families who have selected virtual learning for the remainder of the school year, will not be able to participate in in-person learning.
Students will receive in-person instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, all students will participate in both synchronous and asynchronous virtual instruction. Synchronous instruction for students will be for 2 hours and 15 minutes on Wednesdays. The remainder of the day on Wednesdays will be utilized for asynchronous instruction and support.
Teachers will connect with their students who are attending school via a virtual learning platform through Google Meet. Once they greet students, they will share their screen, which is also projected for their students in the classroom. Teachers will monitor what the online students see and reply to their questions in the chat. Teachers will use their SMART Boards to simultaneously engage with virtual and in-person students.
They will demonstrate math problems or project other things like reading stories on the screen. Students at home will see the teacher and students in class will see the teacher. The teacher will not be stationed at the computer. The camera will pick up the teacher at the front of the room. The teacher can provide real-time feedback as she/he sees which students need it. The teacher will walk around the room and see how students are performing and check in on students on the computer.
Teachers will utilize many of the strategies that they have always used in the classroom, but they will consider safety guidelines in making adaptations. Students with disabilities who cannot access a free appropriate public education through the virtual environment, will be offered in person instruction at their school on Wednesday from a provider.
If a classroom does not have appropriate staffing, the school-based administrator will assign staff to these classrooms.
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Yes. Students will have recess and specialty classes.
For additional information, see the COVID-19 Information section on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.
Students do not need to be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning for in-person learning.
All students who opt to return to in-person learning, will be randomly tested for COVID-19.
Yes. There are procedures in place and gating criteria that will be used when students in a classroom test positive for COVID-19.
Wednesday, April 14th is an in-person day for K3 – 3rd grade students only. Beginning the week of Monday, April 19th, student will receive in-person instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, all students will participate in both synchronous and asynchronous virtual instruction.
No. Only seniors and students who have failed one or more courses will return to in-person learning on Monday, April 26, 2021.
No. All K3 and K4 students will begin in-person instruction on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
Yes. K3 and K4 students who opt to participate in in-person learning will return on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
The specific dates by grade level are:
K3 — 3rd grade: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
4th — 8th grade: Monday, April 19, 2021
Seniors and students who have failed one or more courses: Monday, April 26, 2021.
For additional information, see the Health & Safety webpage and the Health & Safety section of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.
Yes. HEPA filtration units will be placed in every classroom.
The MPS Department of Facilities and Maintenance staff will complete deep cleaning on Wednesdays.
The “overflow” classroom will be covered by a substitute teacher, teachers from Central Office, support staff at the school level, administrators, or a paraprofessional will be assigned to support the students in the classroom.
School leaders and their communities will determine appropriate spaces to deliver instruction. School communities will make every effort to provide equitable instruction from a licensed staff member to every student every day. School leaders have the flexibility to adjust and allocate instructional staff as needed. Based on the school survey results, schools will be able to determine where additional staff and space may be needed to accommodate all in-person learners.
Administrators will facilitate the supervision of the Isolation Rooms. The nurse will contact the parent/guardian of a student determined to have COVID-19 symptoms immediately. The students will be directed to report to the Isolation Room to await parent pick-up. This will allow the nurse to continue to conduct his/er other duties.
For additional information, see the Nutrition webpage and the Meals & Nutrition section of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.
If snacks are provided in Kindergarten classrooms, they must be administered by the teacher. There will be no communal snacks allowed.
Yes. Students may bring a cold lunch from home to school.
Families will be encouraged to have their child bring a full water bottle from home to school each day. Bottle filling stations or large coolers can be used to fill bottles. School will have a contingency plan to provide water to students who forget to bring one.
For additional information, see the Health & Safety section of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.
The goal is to have a nurse in every school building. All buildings will be staff with MPS nurses or contracted nursing services. In the event of an absent nurse, a nursing coordinator will support schools.
Please contact the Department of Specialized Services at 414-438-3648, or the school nearest to you for specific information.
This is a school-based decision and schools will communicate with families the expectation for bringing/carrying personal items.
Students should limit bringing personal items and devices to school. Manipulatives and learning materials will be made available to students and each student will have storage for his/her personal supplies. Individual materials (e.g., consumable workbooks, crayons, markers, scissors, etc.) may be included. Other classroom supplies such as guided reading text may be used if each student has an individual copy or the material has not been used by another student within 24 hours.
For additional information, see the Technology webpage and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.
A Chromebook cart will be available for students to use in every homebase classroom. Students do not need to bring their Chromebooks to school for in-person learning.
For additional information, see the Transportation webpage and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.
Buses are scheduled to arrive and dismiss according to school start and dismissal. Individual schools will be in charge of staggering the loading and unloading of buses.
All school leaders will work with their school community to develop schedules that ensure alignment with physical distancing guidelines per the CDC and Milwaukee Health Department guidelines.
If a child needs to have early release from school, parents should work with the school leader to coordinate pick up time and location.