COVID-19 Prevention Is On Officers’ Minds As MPS Begins New College Yr | WUWM 89.7 FM

Early within the morning at Rogers Road Academy on Milwaukee’s south aspect, lecturers and workers members lined up alongside a protracted pink carpet. They cheered loudly, holding indicators and ringing bells, as they welcomed college students. The varsity was full of pleasure. Some college students had been desperate to stroll down the carpet and meet their new lecturers and associates, whereas others had been a bit extra hesitant.

Thursday was the beginning of the varsity 12 months for college students on the standard MPS calendar. It was the primary time lots of them had been within the classroom for the reason that pandemic started. When Milwaukee Public Faculties transitioned to in-person studying in April, solely about half of the district’s college students returned to the classroom.

At a press convention, native college and state officers stated that whereas they had been involved about holding college students protected from COVID-19, it was thrilling to have them again within the classroom.

“We are going to proceed to require college students to put on face coverings, [practice] bodily distancing all through the constructing, good hygiene and frequent hand washing, sanitize areas, guarantee correct air flow, promote vaccinations, quarantine, and isolate when crucial,” stated MPS Superintendent Keith Posley. “Once we all do our half, we will safeguard the well being and security of our faculty in addition to college students.”

Amy Mizialko is president of the Milwaukee Instructor Schooling Affiliation. She stated colleges ought to be answerable for holding college students protected, however that it additionally falls on members of the neighborhood. She hopes extra individuals will get vaccinated and proceed to put on their masks.

“Each single pupil that you simply watched stroll up the pink carpet this morning and each single one of many college students that walked into 100 different elementary colleges this morning deserve[s] a public college the place they’re protected, the place they’re welcomed, the place they’re included and the place they’re revered,” Mizialko stated. “Our public colleges belong to all of us. Every of us is right here right this moment to take duty for the well being, security and studying of each single one in all our Milwaukee Public College college students.”

As lecturers and college students be taught to regulate to a brand new regular within the classroom, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes stated he’s blissful to see how college students and lecturers have stepped as much as make it occur. Even because the pandemic continues, college and state officers are hoping for a full 12 months again within the classroom.

“Even within the midst of those making an attempt instances, I am excited concerning the potentialities {that a} new college 12 months provides to every one in all us, not simply our youngsters, however adults, mother and father and all the individuals right here as coverage makers who’ve a say within the course within the lives of so many kids,” Barnes stated. “It’s my honest hope that our youngsters and our lecturers, our faculty and workers members and our households all have an unbelievable and wonderful college 12 months.”

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