MPS discusses reopening plan, includes 3 possible scenarios

July 9, 2020

Milwaukee Public Schools is discussing reopening plans for students come fall. The district released three potential scenarios on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

These options come days after the department of public instruction released its report earlier of templates schools could follow. But ultimately – the district has to decide what is best for them.

Many concerns were released in this 44-page report including the feasibility of remote learning, when not everyone has the internet, the computers to do it or what transportation looks like during a pandemic.

The three scenarios presented include:

MPS Reopening Scenario #1:
• Schools would remain closed to in-person instruction
• All students would continue remote learning

MPS Reopening Scenario #2:
• Schools re-open with social distancing rules in place
•Reducing class sizes
• Students would attend class on different days, weeks

MPS Reopening Scenario #3:
• Schools re-open under normal conditions
• Parents uncomfortable would still have a virtual at-home schooling option

The Milwaukee Board of School Directors discussed scheduling a Special Board Meeting for July 16 to further discuss the Milwaukee Public Schools Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 school year.

Families can participate by taking a School Reopening Survey that is forthcoming.

The School Reopening Survey for students and families and the MPS Staff School Reopening Survey were distributed via email and both surveys can be found on the MPS web site. The students and families survey will also be available at the Stop, Grab, and Go meal sites and communicated via other district methods. Students, families, and staff who are not part of the work groups but would like to give input can view videos of past meeting and submit questions and suggestion via email.

The surveys and work groups will be available until July 8, 2020. The Milwaukee Board of School Directors has called for a special board meeting in July to further discuss the district’s reopening plan.