MPS approves $100 vaccine incentive for kids 5-11, and $250 staff bonus

George, 6, left, and his sister, Coralina, 9, center, wait with their mother, Amanda Betette, after getting their COVID-19 vaccination at Hartford University School, 2227 E. Hartford Ave., Nov. 8, 2021. The siblings attend Fratney Elementary School in Milwaukee. “I’m so relieved and it's so easy. Sending them back to school was stressful. Now I have peace of mind,” said their mother.

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George, 6, left, and his sister, Coralina, 9, center, wait with their mother, Amanda Betette, after getting their COVID-19 vaccination at Hartford University School, 2227 E. Hartford Ave., Nov. 8, 2021. The siblings attend Fratney Elementary School in Milwaukee. “I’m so relieved and it's so easy. Sending them back to school was stressful. Now I have peace of mind,” said their mother.

Milwaukee Public Schools families with students age 5-11 will be eligible for $100 incentives for vaccinating those students — the same offer that was extended earlier for older students. 

School board members approved the plan in a meeting Thursday, when they also voted for a $250 pandemic-related bonus for most staff members while the district is working to cover nearly 150 teacher vacancies. 

The payments come as COVID-19 cases have risen again in Wisconsin and within Milwaukee schools. MPS reported 88 students and 41 staff tested positive last week, the highest total since early October. 

State health officials warned this week that case numbers statewide are higher than they’ve been since the end of 2020, outpacing case rates during the surge of the delta variant in September. In Milwaukee, daily case numbers have not surpassed those seen over the summer, though they are rising. 

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