Milwaukee Public Schools
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MPS to be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7; essential staff report

Milwaukee Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, January 7 due to the continuing extremely cold and dangerous weather conditions, the district announced Monday.

By - Jan 6th, 2014 10:56 am

MILWAUKEE (January 6, 2014) — Milwaukee Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, January 7 due to the continuing extremely cold and dangerous weather conditions, the district announced Monday.

The closure includes all after-school activities.

Designated essential staff, identified by their supervisors, should report to work.

The Tuesday closure follows MPS’ Friday decision to close school on Monday due to the extreme cold. MPS officials made the decisions in the interest of the safety of the district’s more than 78,000 students and its staff after evaluating, among other things, the temperature and the wind chill. MPS’ most recent two-day closure due to cold temperatures was in February 2007.

Families are being notified through the district’s automated phone system, text alerts, the district website, social media and through news media.

MPS schools that follow the traditional and Rufus King/Reagan calendars will be in session on Wednesday, January 8. The weather will be cold, so district leaders are asking families to please dress children accordingly.

Families that need assistance due to the extreme conditions can contact the 2-1-1 helpline to be connected with agencies that may be able to help.

About Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Public Schools, Wisconsin’s largest school district, is expanding college and career readiness efforts and continuing to implement innovative reforms that give every student the opportunity to succeed. MPS’ high-quality school options for 3-year-olds to high school seniors feature school climates in which positive behavior is reinforced; certified, highly-trained teachers; 21st-century learning technology for students; and curriculum aligned to the rigorous Common Core State Standards, which set a clear, high bar for the topics students must master at each grade level. MPS’ Class of 2013 earned $24 million in scholarships and the district is home to some of the state’s best high schools according to the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. More MPS news is available at

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