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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 1-13-2022

A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Dear Board Members,

This week, which marks the next to last week of our second quarter, has certainly been eventful. As our state and nation grapple with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, our community is having conversations about how to best support the health, safety, social-emotional, and academic needs of our students, staff, and families. As we engage in co-creation around these difficult and important decisions, we are working to take equity considerations into account due to the ongoing pandemic of racial and social injustice.

As we address these twin pandemics, we have enlisted the participation of our business community, non-profit partners, organic scholars, college and universities, parents, policymakers, and other concerned community members. Their voices can help refine our decisions, and their participation can help to build the collective capacity needed to lean forward together during these unprecedented times. In particular, their partnership can augment the efforts being made by our dedicated staff, who continue to go above and beyond while we respond to immense challenges including staffing shortages, global supply chain constraints, and constantly evolving public health guidance.

During these challenging times, we continue to be inspired by living examples of how to lean forward together with humanity. Yesterday, Spectrum News released a story about the work Lincoln Elementary’s registered nurse, Julie Sonnenberg, and nursing assistant, Erin Schommer, are doing to ensure their families have access to health and safety resources. The efforts of Julie and Erin are representative of the hard work and dedication of our staff members across our special district. In fact, their exploits model how to uplift human decency and infuse professional practice with an equity and anti-racist lens.

As we work together to uplift our students, staff, families, and community members in these difficult times, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.

Sincerely,
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

 

Weekly Update, January 13, 2022