MPS seeks back-to-school input; parents ponder personal decision

Milwaukee Public Schools families are weighing in on whether their children will be going back to school in the next few weeks -- the district distributing a survey

MPS parents, like Evelyn Wachter, are describing the last few days as "ups and downs." During a Tuesday meeting, MPS Board members voted in favor of returning some students to the classroom.

Wachter's daughter, Lois, wasn't included.

"When the school board voted, the K-3 and K-4 students were not included, until the revision that they actually did," Wachter said.

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Now that the option is available, Wachter's family is making the decision for Lois to go back to the classroom -- a routine her daughter missed.

"She was very excited that she’s able to go now," said Wachter. "She is a special needs child. She has childhood apraxia of speech."

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Wachter said the decision to go back is a personal one for all MPS families. She knows the return to school won't be long, about 33 days, but said it is the best decision for her family.

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"Virtually she has been doing well, but we will be more grateful when she goes in-person because then speech can also be provided," Wachter said.

The MPS surveys are due by Thursday, April 1. To fill out the survey, visit mymps.org.

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