As you’ve likely seen in the news by now, today Governor Evers has ordered all public and private K-12 schools to remain closed for the rest of the school year. He also directed the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to extend the Safer at Home order until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, or until a superseding order is issued. You can read the order here.
The Governor’s decision is in the best interests of our students, families and staff. I also recognize that it is very sad news for our school communities. My heart aches for students and staff who will not be together to finish out the school year, in particular our graduating class and those transitioning to middle or high school. Our senior class has already had to sacrifice a lot, and their resiliency and focus is something I will always appreciate and never forget.
While we have room to improve, not only as a school district but as a community, Virtual Learning is getting stronger every day. We know that 24,000 students are successfully accessing the internet and we are working hard to ensure that this is the case for every single student. Although not the preferred method for all students, MMSD Virtual Learning is becoming more robust and we will continue to expand and grow our capabilities to provide meaningful learning for every student from home.
We know that as a result of this announcement, there will be many questions, and I remain committed to communicating decisions and information to you as soon as I can. Given this unprecedented time, we have started holding virtual press conferences each week. This is an opportunity for reporters to ask questions of the school board and administration, and in the process, many questions that families have are addressed during this time. You can watch the conferences live on this channel. They are scheduled for Wednesdays at 3 p.m. You can find this week’s press conference here. (We are currently working on a solution to have these live-interpreted and closed-captioned.)
In closing, I want to let you know that you’ll receive a Family Newsletter on Friday with more information on a variety of topics.
Until then, take good care of yourselves,