On Wednesday, as reported by WisPolitics.com, First Lady Jill Biden visited Marvin E. Pratt Elementary School in Milwaukee where she praised the president's new plan to tackle COVID-19 in schools even as students and teachers around the state experience outbreaks. The plan, announced last week, includes vaccination requirements for teachers and other employees of schools run by federal agencies. The president also called on states to adopt vaccine requirements for school employees. "We can't know what the future holds but we know what we owe our children," Jill Biden said. "We owe them a promise that we'll do all that we can to keep their schools open, and as safe as possible. We owe them a commitment to follow the science, and we owe them unity. So we can fight the virus, and not each other." More than 300 Wisconsin schools have confirmed two or more cases of COVID-19, according to Department of Health Services data. Hundreds of staff and students in south central Wisconsin are quarantining, and Madison Metropolitan School District has 45 confirmed COVID-19 cases with more than 100 people in quarantine. MMSD officials are set to present a plan for mandatory vaccinations to the school board next week and a vote will likely take place by the end of September. Milwaukee Public Schools recently became the first district in Wisconsin to approve a vaccine mandate for teachers and other employees. Bi-weekly testing will be required for those who refuse to get vaccinated for religious and medical reasons.

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