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MPS parents to receive survey on reopening plan

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 19:29:41-04

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Public Schools draft for reopening school considers everything from classroom structure to transportation and face masks as district officials prepare for the fall.

Parents have different takes on how to reopen schools.

"Some stay at home on A days another stay at home on B days. I think that’s an absolute great one. I have one in college that actually does that," said mother Brandie Outlaw.

"I kind of would prefer maybe them to do some online until things really die down a bit," said another MPS mother Nikeisha Riseling.

MPS' current draft of plans includes renderings of a classroom setup with proper distancing.

Potential changes to how transportation is structured. The initial projection show the district would need as much as four times as many buses to allow for proper social distancing.

MPS parents to receive survey on reopening plan

Considerations include different learning scenarios including face-to-face and virtual learning, as well as, a rotating schedule.

"My biggest concern is how do we promote public health during a global pandemic. So in my own decision making. I'm consistently thinking about what options are going to limit the spread of viral transmission," said Paula Phillips, MPS School Board Member.

School board members say the draft is a good start, but input from families is essential.

"I encourage parents to complete the survey and understand that it's a complicated situation, but that their voices will be heard and we will try to accommodate the various perspectives and interests of the families that respond," said Bob Peterson, another MPS School Board Member.

Surveys will be sent out to families starting next week. The school board expects to take action on the administration's proposal during a special meeting on July 16.

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