MPS to make masks optional at schools starting April 18 – WISN Milwaukee

Face masks will become optional for students and staff at Milwaukee Public Schools on Monday, April 18, as long as the COVID-19 case burden remains low. Continuing Coverage: COVID-19 in Wisconsin The school board voted that moving forward, the administration will be able to make decisions on COVID-19 protocols without asking the board as long as they consult the Milwaukee Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and the administrators union first. That was to improve response time for COVID-19 decisions.”I agree with that because timeliness is everything, and we’re headed to the end of the school year in a couple months. And I agree we do need to be more responsive and respond quicker,” board director Marva Herndon said. The district will keep its testing options and will still provide masks for those who still want to wear one. “It’s going to be weird not having to come in with the mask on, but it’s going to be fun because we can be back normal, see all the smiles and happy faces,” Bradley Tech freshman Ja’cole Jackson said. “It’s better to wait three weeks because after spring break, there’s parties and stuff, so it gives kids the time to get clean, get healthy and then you’ll be able to take your mask off.”Superintendent Keith Posley said the district will continue to review data daily. He said if case clusters pop up, they will revisit mask policies for that particular school.”I think three weeks is fine. I don’t think there’s much different to it right now or waiting three more weeks. I mean, though basically everywhere else it’s optional if you want to wear the mask or not,” parent Varitza Perez said.The city of Milwaukee ended its mask mandate March 1. Administrators said they are waiting until April 18 to provide enough time for any potential case spikes after spring break and to allow students and staff to get tested when they return. The face mask mandate has been in place since students returned to classrooms earlier this year.”It could be a good waiting period just to see how things could move out because it could spike again and be on the safer side,” Bradley Tech senior Jaiden Soto said.Face mask mandates will return if case numbers increase in Milwaukee.Sign up for COVID-19 email alerts from WISNGet breaking news alerts with the WISN 12 app.Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Face masks will become optional for students and staff at Milwaukee Public Schools on Monday, April 18, as long as the COVID-19 case burden remains low.

Continuing Coverage: COVID-19 in Wisconsin

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The school board voted that moving forward, the administration will be able to make decisions on COVID-19 protocols without asking the board as long as they consult the Milwaukee Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and the administrators union first.

That was to improve response time for COVID-19 decisions.

“I agree with that because timeliness is everything, and we’re headed to the end of the school year in a couple months. And I agree we do need to be more responsive and respond quicker,” board director Marva Herndon said.

The district will keep its testing options and will still provide masks for those who still want to wear one.

“It’s going to be weird not having to come in with the mask on, but it’s going to be fun because we can be back normal, see all the smiles and happy faces,” Bradley Tech freshman Ja’cole Jackson said. “It’s better to wait three weeks because after spring break, there’s parties and stuff, so it gives kids the time to get clean, get healthy and then you’ll be able to take your mask off.”

Superintendent Keith Posley said the district will continue to review data daily.

He said if case clusters pop up, they will revisit mask policies for that particular school.

“I think three weeks is fine. I don’t think there’s much different to it right now or waiting three more weeks. I mean, though basically everywhere else it’s optional if you want to wear the mask or not,” parent Varitza Perez said.

The city of Milwaukee ended its mask mandate March 1.

Administrators said they are waiting until April 18 to provide enough time for any potential case spikes after spring break and to allow students and staff to get tested when they return.

The face mask mandate has been in place since students returned to classrooms earlier this year.

“It could be a good waiting period just to see how things could move out because it could spike again and be on the safer side,” Bradley Tech senior Jaiden Soto said.

Face mask mandates will return if case numbers increase in Milwaukee.

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