Changes to several areas of operation were made by University School of Milwaukee for the 2020–21 school year were made to ensure the health and safety of the community. Modifications were made to daily student drop-off and pick-up procedures, using a new app for required daily health screening prior to arrival at school and the coordination of car circles at the end of the school day. Bus routes were also updated to ensure appropriate physical distancing, and new cleaning and sanitization procedures were also implemented, with bus riders also required to wear face masks while on the bus.
Changes were also made to the before- and after-school program for this year. Before-school care was suspended for the year, and after-school care was modified to group students by age-level cohorts to minimize the risk of community spread. In addition, families were asked to register for after-school care via advance monthly registration. All after-school enrichment classes were also suspended at least through winter break.
Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
In most cases, no; due to health recommendations, parents or caregivers are not allowed to enter the building without an appointment. Families should plan to schedule an appointment for meetings with faculty, staff, or administrators.
The PikMyKid app is used by a parent or caregiver for the required daily health screening for their child prior to boarding a bus or arriving at school. The same app will then be used to alert the school when a parent or caregiver has arrived for pick up of that child at the end of the school day, and the child is then dismissed to head to the exit and vehicle, where additional staff confirm the person/vehicle with whom the child will leave.
Yes; USM busing is offered to those families who signed up for it and confirmed that they would still use it for their child.
All USM buses operate at reduced capacity so that there are fewer passengers, in order to maintain physical distancing recommendations. Additionally, the school requires an "every other row" policy to ensure students are well-spaced throughout the bus. For bus routes that are very busy, USM added additional buses to ensure that all students can be transported in a safe and healthy manner.
Yes; all students and drivers are required to wear masks at all times when on USM buses.
All USM buses are cleaned and sanitized between each trip. Bus drivers have been trained on effective cleaning measures to ensure proper cleaning, even when the bus is away from campus. The school also has hand sanitizer on all buses for students to use when boarding and exiting the buses.
Before- and After-school Care
Before-school programming was suspended for this school year and families are asked to follow division drop-off procedures for children. After-school programming, in grade-level cohorts (not including Upper School), is offered via monthly registration, although all families are strongly encouraged to pick up their children at the end of the school day if possible. All after-school program enrichment classes have been suspended through at least winter break.