MPS curbside enrollment begins, parents react to district's newly proposed re-opening plans

Posted at 1:20 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 14:21:00-04

MILWAUKEE — Just one day after Milwaukee Public Schools leaders released the "Roadmap to Readiness" school re-opening plan, which recommends a way to return students to school buildings using a three-phased approach, curbside enrollment began on Tuesday.

Families drive up, fill out paperwork, and never leave their cars while enrolling students for upcoming fall classes. The staff is wearing masks and some have gloves on.

"I was thinking it was going to take longer but, it went pretty smooth," said Maria Erez, a mother of an MPS student.

Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley said the curbside enrollment is part of the new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Every day is a learning process. We're looking at things how we can make things as normal as possible for our families and our students as well as our staff," said Posley.

This enrollment process is the first of many "new normals" within the state's largest school district.

On Monday, MPS officials recommended a three-phase approach to re-opening schools.

Parents reacted to the news, as they wait for the school board to vote on the proposed re-opening plan.

The vote will happen on Thursday, July 16.

"Having all kids in the house and two full-time jobs. It’s not working and no one's getting a great education," said Anna Eull. She has a fourth-grader who attends a MPS school. "I’m still formulating my opinion because of everyday changes. When you see the number of COVID cases rising now, maybe in a month I’ll think differently."

Maria Erez agrees that there's a lot of uncertainty about kids returning to school in the fall. She is happy there will be options to have students learn virtually as the district moves through the different phases of re-opening.

"There are still cases coming up and you still worry about what's going on," said Erez.

Erez called the phased approach a "safe" way to return to school.

Curbside enrollment takes place at the Milwaukee Public Schools Administration Building, located at 5225 W. Vliet St. in Milwaukee.

The hours are 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15 and Monday, Aug. 3. and Tuesday, Aug 4. from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

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