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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 3-25-2021

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

Dear Board Members,

This week, which marks the last week of our 3rd Quarter, has certainly been eventful. On Tuesday, our district continued to implement our phased reopening plan by welcoming our 4K students. Much educational research confirms the benefits of high-quality pre-kindergarten, and we are excited about giving the families of our youngest learners an in-person option. We look forward to continuing to phase in more grades, starting April 13.

Throughout this week, we have continued to refine our phased reopening plan. During Tuesday morning’s Advisory Committee meeting, district leaders continued engaging in discussion over emerging research on metrics and mitigation strategies relative to COVID-19. This conversation will help guide our efforts to appropriately phase in additional grade levels and co-curricular activities throughout this spring. Additionally, the work of this committee is being buttressed by our participation in the ABC Collaborative, a partnership which includes Duke University and the University of Wisconsin. As such, our district continues to receive guidance from health experts and scientific research at the highest levels as we work to reopen schools safely.

As our community, state, and nation continue to grapple with the pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice, we must continue to work in collaboration with myriad stakeholders. During this week, district leaders continued meeting with students, parents, MTI, and APP in an effort to elevate disparate voices in our decision making. Although we realize collaboration does not always equal consensus, maintaining open dialogue allows us to align with the principle “confronting the brutal facts” from Collins’ seminar work Good to Great as we move forward with our work in ameliorating the disparities which historically have impacted our Black, LatinX, Hmong, low socioeconomic, ELL, LGBTQ, and special education students. Our continued struggle for human decency demands nothing less.

Thanks for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress when we return from our much-needed spring break.


Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.


Weekly Update, March 25, 2021

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