School districts survey staff to develop fall plans

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 18:43:43-04

From Elmbrook schools to Milwaukee, school districts face the massive undertaking of putting together plans for the fall.

Nearly three dozen people make up Elmbrook's School Reopening Task Force.

On Tuesday night, the task force will review results from a recent staff survey. One question on that survey asked employees the likelihood they would return to work in different scenarios.

With traditional in-person learning, 81 percent said they plan to return, 16 percent were undecided and 3 percent said they would not return.

The percent who said they plan to return grew when it came to a hybrid or a virtual learning model.

Milwaukee Public Schools issued its staff survey on Tuesday. It gathers information on the employee's line of work, asks for input on distance learning, as well as, support.

The president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association explained what she is hearing from educators.

"Hearing really this piece about science. We have to make sure that people are safe and that the decisions that we make are connected to data," said Amy Mizialko, MTEA President.

Angela Harris, chair of the Black Educators Caucus, believes staff should have options for how to return to work.

"I know that I have folks in my building who are close to retirement, folks that are immunocompromised who may decide to not return to work," said Harris.

The MPS board will take up recommendations on July 16. Elmbrook Schools are planning for August 11.

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