MPS retains 3% COVID case threshold for varsity closures however shortens digital studying interval | WUWM 89.7 FM

Milwaukee Public Colleges college students whose faculties shut down as a result of COVID circumstances will spend much less time in digital studying, following a school board decision Thursday evening.

This college yr, MPS has shifted schools to virtual learning for 10 days if 3% or extra of the college neighborhood reviews constructive COVID exams over a two-week interval. Twenty-four faculties have closed at varied factors underneath that protocol, based on the district. There was a districtwide shutdown throughout a COVID surge in early January.

Superintendent Keith Posley stated the three% threshold and 10-day digital studying interval are extra cautious than different city districts throughout the nation.

“You already know the three% rule might be probably the most strictest rule that we now have seen across the nation — we’re the bottom,” Posley stated. “The subsequent particular person in line to us is Baltimore with 5%.”

Posley recommended shortening the digital studying interval when a college closes from 10 days to 5. However he didn’t recommend altering the three% rule, as a result of a scarcity of widespread COVID testing within the district. The vast majority of the college board voted in favor of Posley’s suggestion.

Two board members needed to go additional. Director Megan O’Halloran referred to as for altering the three% rule, which isn’t primarily based on present public well being steerage.

Director Aisha Carr agreed, saying for her the injury of digital studying outweighs different issues. “The injury being the social deprivation, the tutorial achievement and the injury that might be accomplished to our district,” she stated.

The board directed directors to broaden COVID testing in faculties and are available again with an replace in March. At the moment, the board could revisit mitigation measures.

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