Attention folks who don’t have school-age kids: All schools in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) system are virtual this week. (Folks who have school-age kids know this all too well.) When the move to virtual was announced last week, the plan was to get back to in-person learning on January 10.

Unsurprisingly, that ain’t happening.

In the wee hours of Friday morning (just when I finished watching the new Matrix movie, which was pretty good), MPS announced that the return to in-person learning will be postponed until Tuesday, January 18. “The decision was made after a vote by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors during their special session Thursday, January 6, 2022,” reads a press release. “MPS was scheduled to resume in-person learning on January 10, 2022, but due to the current state of COVID-19 cases throughout the district, all classes will remain virtual at this time.”

Godspeed, parents. Here’s the full press release:


Milwaukee Public Schools Postpones Return to In-Person Learning
All MPS schools will remain virtual until Tuesday, January 18, 2022

MILWAUKEE (January 7, 2022) — Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) has announced that the return to in-person learning for MPS students will be postponed until Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The decision was made after a vote by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors during their special session Thursday, January 6, 2022. MPS was scheduled to resume in-person learning on January 10, 2022, but due to the current state of COVID-19 cases throughout the district, all classes will remain virtual at this time.

To support students and families during virtual learning, student meals will continue to be provided daily at our 50 Stop, Grab & Go locations from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Before and after-school programs will remain closed at this time while athletics and academic competitions will continue as scheduled.

The district will work to improve mitigation strategies inside school buildings and provide updates as new information becomes available. We encourage families to watch for communications from their child’s school and the district to stay up to date on changing conditions.

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