Staying Safe and Healthy in School

Vaccines Promote Safety in Schools

COVID-19 vaccine is available FREE for all Wisconsin residents ages 5 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.

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.

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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Latest Updates About COVID-19

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe? How did it become available so quickly? Should my family get vaccinated? Find answers to these questions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine webpage. Also learn about COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens and the importance of vaccines in stopping the spread of COVID.

COVID-19: Supports for Families

COVID-19 continues to change our world in unexpected ways. Community Advocates has a directory of topics including energy assistance, children’s programming, housing, and more for families who need support or have been impacted by COVID-19.

Have you been exposed to COVID-19 (or tested positive) and wonder how to tell your contacts? This helpful flyer from the City of Milwaukee Health Department offers guidelines for sharing information with friends, family, and co-workers.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has prepared several flyers to clarify isolation and quarantine procedures. Most publications listed below are available in multiple languages.

Access these guides to stay up to date and help keep your family safe.

Safe Practices Help Avoid Illness

As cold and flu season approaches and COVID-19 remains, following healthy practices to avoid becoming sick.

  • Wear a face mask in public, even if you are vaccinated.
  • Maintain 3 feet of physical distance.
  • Wash hands frequently, especially when returning home.
  • Get the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible.

Stay Home When Sick

Check your child every morning for signs of illness. Keep them home if symptoms are present, and contact a health care provider to ask about testing.

ONE of the following symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

TWO or more symptoms

  • Fever of 100.4° F or above
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New onset of headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting