MILWAUKEE — Several Milwaukee groups are calling state health officials to push learning 100 percent online as coronavirus cases spiral upwards.
This comes as the state's largest unions made the same plea to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday.
The following Milwaukee groups called for all Wisconsin schools to make the switch: Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA), Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), Black Leaders Organizing Communities (BLOC), Voces de la Frontera, Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), Parents for Public Schools (PPS) Milwaukee, Schools and Communities United (SCU) and the Working Families Party and Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Although they note that Milwaukee K-12 public schools took the right path by starting the school year with 100 percent online learning, many places - including universities, private schools, and public school districts - have not, instead using a hybrid model.
"Schools should not be open in the midst of uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 because it is unsafe for students, their families, and for public school employees. It is also just bad public health policy," according to their statement.
The groups called in a joint statement DHS to immediately order all Wisconsin K-12 schools, colleges and universities to began total virtual instruction. No face-to-face learning should be allowed until the spread of the virus is contained, according to their statement.