Staying Safe and Healthy in School

Vaccines Promote Safety in Schools

COVID-19 vaccine is available FREE for all Wisconsin residents age 12 and older. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots at least three weeks apart. The vaccine reaches maximum effectiveness two weeks after the second shot.

MPS early start schools begin August 16, and traditional calendar schools begin Sept. 2.

Visit the Milwaukee Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine webpage for more information. Health insurance and identification are not needed. Call the hotline at (414) 286-6800 for questions, to schedule an appointment or home visit, or to speak with a nurse.

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Families should regularly review and update children’s vaccines like measles, mumps, and polio. Contact your health care provider or the Milwaukee Health Department.

COVID-19 Testing in Schools

MPS is participating in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services K–12 COVID-19 testing program. The district will offer a lab-based PCR test to students and staff who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms at school. Collecting a specimen for testing involves inserting a small swab into both nostrils. Testing is voluntary and will take place only with written consent from a parent/guardian.

MPS may conduct voluntary testing of students and staff. Only students and staff who have signed consent forms on file will be tested.

In the event of a suspected and/or confirmed outbreak, MPS will collaborate with the Milwaukee Health Department for consultation, investigation and guidance, and possible testing.

Download the COVID-19 Testing Consent Form

Families can download the COVID-19 school-based testing consent form below and return it to their schools.

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