Milwaukee Public Schools' board of directors will meet to reconsider COVID-19 protocols
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) will revisit its COVID-19 protocols for the district.
The MPS board of directors will hold a special meeting tonight, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
The district is considering changes, such as reducing the time of virtual learning when positive cases arise. Right now, MPS schools go virtual for 10 days if three-percent of students and teachers test positive. But the new plan would re-evaluate this window, possibly cutting it in half.
MPS is using examples from school districts in other states to demonstrate how they've handled their COVID-19 response.
MPS's weekly COVID report from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4 shows 60 staff members and 138 students testing positive. It's a drop from the previous week.
MPS' teacher's union responded to the possible changes on Facebook:
"MTEA has been and will continue to discuss reasonable alternatives to the 10-day temporary virtual rule for schools that reach 3% positivity with MPS Administration. It is not helpful that the School Board is rushing into a decision Thursday with minimal public notice and, to our knowledge, no alternative proposal from the board member who requested the meeting." - MTEA President Amy Mizialko
Board members will also hear recommendation on quarantine policies, and a campaign to support student vaccinations.
Public comment will be accepted, but you must register before 3 p.m. today.