On Thursday, March 12, following ongoing review and discussion, including guidance from government and other organizations, including the North Shore Health Department, University School of Milwaukee announced the decision that Monday, March 30—which was planned as the first day back from the school’s two-week spring break—will be a no-school day for all students. All faculty and staff will report to work that day for professional learning and training sessions, including additional curriculum planning for the potential of remote online learning. As of now, that plan is still in effect.
However, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has mandated a statewide closure of all K-12 schools in the state through April 5 (and his message indicated that the Monday, April 6 reopening date is subject to change pending further information). Although this mandated closure does not start until Wednesday, March 18, the timing of the USM two-week spring break makes that start date somewhat irrelevant for our community. Assuming that nothing regarding that mandate changes before Monday, March 30, we expect that we may need to implement our remote online learning plan for students, which has been communicated to teachers, students, and their families, starting Tuesday, March 31. We remain confident in our overall plan for remote online learning.
All students and school employees were asked to take all needed technology, materials, and personal items home with them ahead of the school’s spring break. Anyone with an urgent need to retrieve any items from the school over spring break should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate that need and coordinate next steps.
School parents, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents of alumni are encouraged to visit the new Coronavirus Updates post on the myUSM Resources page for additional information and details, including school-sponsored travel and event updates. (This information will also be communicated directly with relevant parties as it is known, and impacted events will also be updated on both the myUSM calendar and public calendar.)