All Milwaukee Public Faculties transition to digital studying for not less than every week | WUWM 89.7 FM

Milwaukee Public Faculties will transition to digital instruction starting Tuesday, due to a rise in employees testing constructive for COVID-19.

The district, which was scheduled to renew in-person lessons on Tuesday took a flip to digital studying when COVID-19 instances amongst academics began going up.

Superintendent Keith Posley issued a statement calling the district’s transition to not less than every week of digital studying “an emergency security measure.”

The district goals to return to in-person studying on Monday January 10, however college directors will observe developments. Many mother and father assist the transfer, however others query it.

Doe Gregersen has two children, ages 5 and seven, at MPS’ French Immersion Faculty. She stated the announcement appeared sudden and a bit excessive.

“I perceive if there are employees shortages, and so they’re not bodily in a position to open a number of the colleges or employees a number of the lecture rooms that is smart, however I do not perceive why your complete system needed to shut down like this,” stated Gregersen.

Gregersen famous the district knew the Omicron variant was spreading and that folks had been getting collectively for the vacations. She puzzled why there weren’t earlier plans to proceed in-person studying with that in thoughts.

She additionally stated the choice makes it appear that youngsters and fogeys are paying the value of the pandemic alone.

“If any individual can go to the bar, not put on a masks, sit in any individual’s face and spit proper at them for 5 hours each night time, then my children ought to be capable of go to highschool and put on a masks and sit three toes away from the opposite children and proceed studying. If we’re actually attempting to stop the unfold of Omicron as a group, as a society, then we should always all be in for it,” she stated.

WUWM reached out to the superintendent’s workplace, which didn’t make any officers obtainable for remark in time for this story.

The Milwaukee Lecturers Union MTEA advocated for MPS to return just about this week so college students and employees may very well be correctly examined. Six testing websites had been obtainable for MPS college students and employees citywide Monday.

Union president Amy Mizialko agreed that in-person studying is right. However she stated staffing has been dire in public colleges, in Milwaukee, and throughout the nation, since a return to varsities in August.

“We have now long-standing vacancies, after which we now have acute vacancies which have been brought on through the pandemic,” stated Mizialko. “Staffing has been very troublesome this complete first semester and more and more so in December, once we noticed instances quickly transfer up the 2 weeks previous to winter break.”

Mizialko stated the district had been wanting on the concern on a school-by-school foundation till now.

“With the extremely contagious Omicron variant that strikes quicker than earlier variants, the instances of COVID constructive in employees is considerably larger proper now, simply as it’s in lots of states throughout the nation,” stated Mizialko.

In a Facebook post, the MTEA famous that the Madison Faculty district determined to go digital after the vacations and that the town of Milwaukee had greater than double Madison’s COVID-19 % positivity numbers. That is the share of constructive assessments out of all assessments taken.

If that quantity is excessive, meaning there are doubtless extra folks with COVID-19 locally who haven’t been counted but.

As of December 23 — simply earlier than the vacations — the town of Milwaukee had a 14.3% positivity rate, which is taken into account “excessive transmission.” Metropolis officers are more likely to replace the numbers later this week.

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