Exploring plans for mailing offline instructional packets, by request, in the works (more to come)

We are working on a plan to ensure every student without access to the internet still has the resources they need to stay engaged and continue learning during school closures. This may entail families signing up to receive additional instructional packets in the mail. We are working through details and will have more information for you on this next week, please stay tuned.

Seriously, practice social distancing - MMSD playgrounds, athletic fields and courts closed 

The headline really says it all. But it bears repeating: all MMSD playgrounds, athletic fields and courts are closed. No one - children or adults - should be using these spaces. We are working on increasing the visibility of signage indicating this. 
 
Public Health Madison & Dane County has requested that we reiterate the importance of physical distancing to our families and staff. They shared this message: "We know these are tough times, and that having your kids get together with other kids brings a sense of comfort (and gives you a break too)! However, it's extremely important that you and your family maintain physical distance from other people who live outside of your home. Do not host play dates, meet up at the park or let your children hang out with their friends during the day, evening or on the weekends." 

AP Testing

Students in advanced placement courses should have received a letter earlier this week, detailing the plan for AP exams, which will be administered online. Read more here.

Huegel students share their virtual learning excitement

The Huegel PTO put together this compilation video to show Huegel students' excitement during their first week of virtual learning. Check it out here.

Family Art Activities by MSCR

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is hosting a series of free enrichment videos for kids and adults that you can do from home. Find links to these art, enrichment and fitness videos here.
 
One of the series is called MSCR Makes and is hosted by Miss Julia. This series includes family art videos that you can do together at home. We are launching new videos weekly. Here are some of the latest:

Sharing food access resources from Public Health

From Madison & Dane County Public Health:  "COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed the face of food access in Madison and Dane County. There are new challenges for individuals who historically have had low access to food. There are also emerging challenges for the broader community as citizens grapple with Governor Evers's Safer at Home order.
 
Individuals with limited or no income can dial 2-1-1 from any phone to identify the nearby emergency food options. Most food pantries in Dane County have now switched to curbside or drive-thru pickup to minimize points of contact between volunteers, staff, and shoppers."

You can find additional information on grocery store delivery options, FoodShare and WIC on this fact sheet.