Milwaukee Public School seniors head back to the classroom Monday

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The last group of Milwaukee Public Schools students return to the classroom on Monday, April 26.

Seniors will resume in-person learning. Those who did not opt in to return will remain virtual for the rest of the year. Additionally, high school students in danger of failing will also return Monday, while grades nine through 11 will remain virtual.

COVID-19 precautions will be in place including mask requirements, social distancing and sanitation stations. One student told CBS 58 they will not use lockers and they are limited in what they can bring inside the school.

Rufus King senior Kyla Racks said certain items as pens and notebooks will be provided.

Despite all the changes, she and other students told CBS 58 they were excited to return.

“I’ve always been a person who enjoyed being in school and so I like being in the classroom and walking around the school," said Racks. "And for some seniors it’s really important to do your final walk around the school or get some type of experience before you finally say goodbye.”

“It’s kind of exciting cause I haven’t seen any of my teacher in real life yet or in person. And it’s also kind of scary cause I haven’t met any of my classmates yet," said Samo La, a freshman at Rufus King.

MPS had transportation troubles at the start of returning to in-person learning and 160 bus routes were canceled.

However, during the virtual family engagement session for high school students one MPS leader assured families the situation would be handled. 

“Families of students who completed the survey, and they indicated on the survey that they needed transportation, MPS transportation department is working hard to make sure those students have routes," she said. "You should have received – in the mail – a yellow transportation card that will tell you where your child’s corner or pickup time and spot is."

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