MPS holds virtual meeting to help families return to school via the internet

Posted at 9:42 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 23:44:30-04

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Public Schools hoped to help families heading back to school by holding a “Virtual Family Engagement Meeting.”

School officials said they hoped to help students and their parents or guardians deal with the challenges remote learning presents.

MPS will head back to school fully virtual at first, then re-open to in person learning as the district evaluates the Coronavirus situation.

They offered a few suggestions for families. First they suggested students have a designated place in their home for learning. They also suggest students log on to their online class before the scheduled time to work out any technology issues. The district’s technology experts suggested limiting the internet usage in your home to the student learning during school hours.

Janel Hawkins, a Regional Superintendent for the district says expectations are high for the students.

“When we left in the spring it was pass/fail. We are giving grades this time. We are expecting students to still rise to the level that they would if we were in brick and mortar," said Hawkins.

The district has added technology employees and “Parent Coordinators” in schools to help with the issues that will arise.

Wednesday’s meeting was held on Zoom, the conversation will be archived and placed on the district’s website.

There will be another “Virtual Family Engagement Meeting” held on September 2nd.

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