Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 2/25/2021 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Legislation, Rules and Policies
Type: Action
Subject: 1. Action on Resolution 2021R-020 by Directors Miller and Siemsen on COVID Funding
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: BG 2.13 - Board Legislation Program
Attachments Resolution 2021R-020 on COVID Funding
File Attachment:
2021R-020 by Director Miller and Siemsen on State and Federal Funding for COVID-19.pdf
Background: On December 17, 2020, Directors Miller and Siemsen introduced Resolution 2021R-020 on COVID funding.

From the onset of the pandemic, MPS has made incredible efforts to continue to provide educational opportunity to students in the midst of the COVID-19 public health pandemic. MPS has been diligent in its efforts to adhere to the multiple safety factors recommended by the nation’s leading epidemiologists and doctors in order to diminish the spread of the disease and ensure the safety of those who utilize our spaces.

School districts across the state, including MPS, have repeatedly asked for assistance and leadership from the federal and state levels in order to mitigate the spread of the disease. With that, the Resolved portion of the resolution reads:

RESOLVED, That the Milwaukee Board of School Directors join with its partners across the state to once again ask elected officials at all levels to lead at this time of immense need; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Milwaukee Board of School Directors calls on Congress to immediately pass legislation of sufficient size to protect and support the citizens of Wisconsin; to provide the tools and resources necessary to decrease the spread of COVID-19; to fund rapid testing and contact tracing; to fund sufficient levels of personal protection equipment for health care workers and for school district students and staffs; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, The Milwaukee Board of School Directors calls on Congress to provide the resources necessary to support extraordinary costs already incurred as districts have moved to remote education; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Milwaukee Board of School Directors calls on all levels of government to provide the resources necessary to ensure that physical spaces within schools include smaller, socially distanced classrooms and are in all other ways safe; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Milwaukee Board of School Directors hereby joins with President-Elect Biden in the call for all citizens to fight the pandemic together by wearing masks, socially distancing, avoiding gatherings, and taking all of the steps that are urgently recommended by our doctors and health officials; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Milwaukee Board of School Directors is committed to working together with stakeholders, over the upcoming months, to create a state budget with a fiscal policy that continues to protect citizens and students and recognizes the unprecedented amount of time, intelligence, leadership and level of resources that the children and families of Wisconsin will need, both immediately and over the long-term, to emerge stronger from this moment.
The Office of Board Governance, in consultation with the Administration, recommends that the Board determine how it wishes to proceed with this resolution.
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures.
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee recommends adoption of Resolution 2021R-020.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer