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MPS resumes with COVID politics, monkeypox concerns, teaching vacancies

As Shanita Brown watched her children, ages 7 and 12, walk into Metcalfe School together on Monday, the first day of school for many in Milwaukee public schools, she wondered how long it would last.

“I’m worried about COVID and also monkeypox, so I’m just wondering how long the school is actually going to be here non-stop,” she said.

More than 20,000 MPS pupils were due to start school on Monday, with the rest starting on September 6. Staffing was immediately an issue, from bus cancellations to more than 270 unfilled teaching positions, while parents also shared familiar concerns about COVID-19 and new worries about monkeypox.

Masks were needed, as the county’s COVID level is considered high. The requirement will be reassessed every Thursday and will be dropped if the level of COVID drops, depending on district policy.

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