University School of Milwaukee announced today that Upper School students (grades 9 through 12) will move to distance learning starting on Friday, Oct. 23. The plan is for Upper School students—other than those who may be continuing isolation or quarantine at that time—to return to campus on Monday, Nov. 2.
The spread of the novel coronavirus among students through contact outside of school has been traced to off-campus parties that took place over this past weekend. USM has seen its numbers of positive test results, and also resulting quarantines, rise steadily in the Upper School throughout the week, causing increased challenges in the classroom.
Upper School teachers will continue to follow the normal daily schedule and provide distance learning beginning with the first period on Friday. Upper School students will access their classes remotely using the Zoom links posted to the myUSM class bulletin boards. There will be no change in the other divisions of the school.
“I continue to believe that our systems at USM are strong and have kept us safe,” said Head of School Steve Hancock. “We must continue our efforts outside of our school walls. These are difficult times in our community. I am very thankful for those who are partnering with the school to help us continue to provide both in-person and distance learning options and deliver an excellent academic experience for all of our students.”
**Update** On Oct. 29, University School of Milwaukee announced that Upper School students will resume in-person learning on Monday, Nov. 2.