USM COVID-19 Information

University School of Milwaukee reopened its campus to students on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, after completing the 2019–20 school year using distance learning for all students through its USM@HOME program. Families have the option of having their children in on-campus classrooms or in distance learning. Face masks have been required for every adult and all students from junior kindergarten through 12th grade since the start of the school year, and daily health screenings have been required for all students, faculty, and staff, as well as limited visitors to campus.

The health and safety of the entire USM community was at the forefront of the school’s reopening plan, shared with families in August, and it continues to be the primary driver in all decision making. USM invested heavily in new state-of-the-art filtration technology in all air handler systems, new cleaning and sanitizing products and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting processes, faculty and staff training, enhanced distance learning technology, and other improvements.

The links above provide additional information about many of USM’s efforts in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in our community, as well as how the school continues to provide an exceptional educational experience for all students. In the spirit of providing full transparency, while still protecting the privacy of members of our community, the dashboard below will be updated at the end of each school day with the latest USM COVID-19 data.

The spirit of the community is strong, and the systems in place at USM have kept the school community safe. Please continue to support USM as we work together to navigate the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus.


Daily Dashboard: Monday, April 12

USM provides updates on all school days showing how the pandemic is impacting our school community, broken down by each area of the school, as shown below.
* New positive tests listed below are since the previous dashboard reporting on Friday, April 9, 3:45 p.m.

Preschool

0/0

Students in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0

0/0

Faculty in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0

Lower School

0/0

Students in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0

0/0

Faculty in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0

Middle School

0/0

Students in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0

0/0

Faculty in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0

Upper School

6/7

Students in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 4 (Grades: 12, 12, 12, 12)

0/0

Faculty in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0

Daycare

0/0

Children in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0

Administrators/Staff

0/1

Administrators/staff in isolation/quarantine
*New positive tests: 0


Distance Learning: Monday, April 12

The percentages below indicate the percent of that student body using distance learning today. This could be due to personal isolation or quarantine situations, students staying home due to COVID-19 symptoms and awaiting test results, or personal family choice to use the distance learning option.

Preschool

1%

Lower School

3%

Middle School

3%

Upper School

11%


Return-to-campus Testing Results

University School of Milwaukee tests all students, faculty, and staff following extended school breaks. Students using distance learning, and any individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months, do not need to be tested. This return-to-campus testing is conducted at no cost to families, and families are free to arrange alternate testing if they wish. All individuals tested at USM are given a rapid antigen test; if the result of one of those tests is positive, that individual is then given a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, with that result typically known within 24 hours.

Return from Thanksgiving Break Testing (conducted Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2020):

  • 1,156 total tests given
  • 2 total confirmed positive results

Return from Winter Break Testing (conducted Jan. 4 and 5, 2021):

  • 1,216 total tests given
  • 3 total confirmed positive results

Return from Spring Break Testing (conducted March 29, 2021):

  • 1,266 total tests given
  • 0 total confirmed positive results

Questions or Comments

Do you have additional questions regarding the school’s COVID-19 protocols, learning modes, or other things related to the school’s operations during the pandemic? If so, please email your questions or comments to covid@usmk12.org.