MPS: “Substantial transmission” of COVID in Milwaukee prompted sudden reversal of masks coverage | WUWM 89.7 FM

MPS made masks optional for one faculty day earlier than reversing its determination late Tuesday night time, which brought about confusion for households.

On Wednesday, Superintendent Keith Posley spoke to the media in regards to the reversal.

Posley mentioned the principle metric MPS is utilizing to find out its masks coverage is the town of Milwaukee’s COVID case burden. The Milwaukee Well being Division updates that knowledge publicly each Tuesday and Thursday. When it was up to date this Tuesday, Milwaukee had moved from the “average transmission” class to “substantial transmission,” with 58 circumstances per 100,000 folks.

That, Posley mentioned, triggered the eleventh-hour determination.

“This was one thing that was made completely clear to our college group round case burden and positivity fee,” Posley mentioned. “And if it moved to substantial transmission, the district would revert to a compulsory masks coverage.”

When requested whether or not Posley regretted removing the masks mandate for sooner or later and creating confusion, he didn’t reply immediately.

“It has been a really tough journey monitoring and dealing with the virus — the frustration has been there,” Posley mentioned.

Posley mentioned he understood the frustration from mother and father, however that security was MPS’s first precedence.

One annoyed mother or father is Porsha Garrett, whose 8-year-old son was excited to not put on a masks Tuesday.

“It was type of like teasing the youngsters, saying you might have sweet however then not giving it to them,” Garrett mentioned. “You bought all of them excited for sooner or later and now they’re again to carrying masks once more. And everybody appears to be confused as to why.”

It’s unclear when MPS may go mask-optional once more. Posley mentioned MPS could be following the group transmission charges and its personal knowledge on employees and scholar circumstances. He mentioned he hoped there wouldn’t be any extra sudden adjustments.

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