COVID-19 Protocols

University School of Milwaukee works closely with a team of medical advisors and regularly reviews ongoing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (DHS), and the North Shore Health Department (NSHD). In addition, the school regularly consults with other area health departments as needed, as it serves students from nearly 60 different ZIP codes in Southeastern Wisconsin. USM also consults regularly with several respected pediatric physicians who have school ties.

The exact steps taken by USM with any confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in our school community will vary and be determined on a case-by-case basis, but below is information about what families can expect in the event of positive COVID-19 cases in our community.


Any student, faculty, or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19, whether they are symptomatic or not, must isolate for five days, which follows updated CDC, Wisconsin DHS, and local health departments' guidance. Additionally, any symptomatic individual who has received a negative antigen test result at home or at a test center must also have a PCR test done, with a negative result, before returning to school. The following applies to any of these individuals who test positive:

  • Stay home for five full days following the date of the positive test result. (The day of the test is day zero; the next day is day one.)
  • If you have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolved after five days, you can return to school on the sixth day, but you must wear a well-fitted mask for an additional five days and eat at a distance of at least 6 feet from others (or alone) during that same time period.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

The current policy for isolation was  first effective on Jan. 3, 2022

COVID-19 Reporting

USM shares the current, known positive cases in the school on the main COVID-19 section page. This is published at the end of each school day, with the data broken down by division, for students and teachers, as well as for the school's faculty/staff daycare children, and all staff. USM will no longer be doing any contact tracing or placing individuals into quarantine.

In addition to continuing our daily COVID-19 dashboard updates for new and total positive cases, our plan is to inform families about new positive cases in the following ways:

  • Preschool/Lower School: A message will be sent to families in a classroom if an individual in that classroom or after-school group has tested positive.
  • Middle School: A message will be sent to all families in a grade level if an individual in that grade level has tested positive.
  • Upper School: A message will be sent to families of students in an extracurricular activity (ex: sports team, musical, etc.) when there is a new positive case in that group (student or teacher/advisor).

The current policy for quarantine and contact tracing was first effective on March 1, 2022

COVID-19 Symptoms

If a student, faculty, or staff member has one or more of the following symptoms, that individual should stay home:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Symptoms of a cold, such as sore throat, congestion, and/or runny nose
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness

Your doctor will determine if your child needs to be tested and whether or not to come in for the testing. It is possible that your child may be ill with a different virus, but only COVID-19 testing will confirm this. A laboratory test analysis is the only test that is accepted at school. A letter from the doctor is necessary for return to school if COVID-19 testing is not required by the physician.