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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Around 30,000 students in Milwaukee Public School’s Early Start program began the school year on Monday, August 17.

Students at more than 50 district schools are now taking classes virtually.

District leaders said staff working in the buildings have been given PPE and social distancing measures are being taken.

In Phase 1 of MPS’ plan, teachers will conduct class and provide individual support virtually. MPS leaders said they are continuing to provide Chromebooks and other tools to students in need.

Over the summer, staff underwent professional development preparing for the 2020-2021 year.

“Despite the buildings being closed, our school educators and district staff has been working harder than ever to be able to provide a robust educational experience for our students,” MPS Superintendent Keith Posley said. “Educators are super creative and our young people in many cases are more computer savvy than any adult.”

Students following the traditional start calendar will begin on September 1.

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