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MPS families pick up Chromebooks ahead of historic virtual start to school year

Posted at 6:05 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 19:25:28-04

MILWAUKEE — When it comes to kids, they say it takes a village.

On Monday, that village looked like a drive-thru as parents stopped by Alexander Hamilton High School to pick up Chromebooks and other supplies.

Many of them are looking forward to getting their kids back online and in class.

"It really helps me. It really helps me a lot. They all have their own Chromebooks so everybody got to work on their own," said Kishone Perkins, a mom to four students in the Milwaukee Public School system.

"Don’t really bother me any, as long as you’re able to go to school and not just sitting at home," said David Richards, a father to three MPS students.

The district started welcoming students back with "Freshman Bridge," it is a yearly orientation for students entering high school.
Like many events, it will be done remotely and online.

"We want to make sure that they’re ready...Know what to expect when they get to high school, and they meet their teachers. They get their books. They get a head start on everything," said MPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley.

Each MPS student will get 2 Chromebooks. One will stay at school while students keep the other one at home. Families who also need an internet hotspot will get one. This plan offers flexibility.

“We know what we have to do. We know what we are up against and it’s things like this as you see cars coming through to know that our young people are ready to go to school. We are ready to meet them," said Posley.

The superintendent said they have been going through plans with staff in preparation for day one. Parents said they do what they have to, but hope for better days ahead.

"Hopefully in January things might go back to normal," said David.

"I just look at the future that everything will be okay everything will get back to normal," said Kishone.

The first day of class for much of MPS is set for August 17th.

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