Important Calendar Change: April 27 Professional Development Day Moved to May 13

The professional development day, originally scheduled for Monday, April 27, has been moved to Wednesday, May 13 to better support students and families. This means April 27 will be a regular (virtual) school day. There will be no school for students on Wednesday, May 13.
 
In order to meet the needs of our students it is essential that teachers are able to come together to reflect on and adjust their teaching practices in a virtual environment. It is important that we act on the feedback we are receiving and adjust virtual learning based on what our students and families are saying. 
 
You can view the revised calendar at mmsd.org/calendar

School Garden Guidelines

School buildings and grounds are closed; however, it is permissible for staff and adult volunteers to enter school grounds to maintain school gardens, as an allowed outdoor activity or essential function under Governor Tony Evers "safer at home" order.
 
If you are asked by your school to assist with the school garden, please keep in mind that we will need to make adjustments to how we garden at the schools.We are requesting that you make the following adjustments:

  • Don't bring your children or anyone else with you; no students will be allowed at garden sites
  • Stick to the schedule your school provides: there should be no more people than there is space to effectively execute appropriate social distancing. No more than 2 to 4 people should be at the garden site.
  • Practice physical distancing and keep at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with.
  • Don't go to the gardens if you or someone in your family feels sick.
  • Strongly consider using cloth face coverings while in the school garden.
  • Remember to wash your hands before and after gardening.
  • Wear gloves and bring your own tools to use in the garden.
  • If this is not possible, and staff and volunteers use common tools, clean and disinfect them, handle and all, before and after use.
  • Clean and disinfect all gates, shed handles and all other communal spaces and equipment that people touch regularly after using.
  • Thoroughly wash all produce you harvest from the garden!

In developing these safety guidelines, we want to make sure that our volunteers are safe when working at school gardens. We realize how important planting and growing foods are for our school communities. Thank you for following these precautions.

Join us on Facebook Live next Wednesday

Tune in to the MMSD Facebook page on Wednesday, April 29 at 2pm for 'Coping during COVID-19: Supporting our Children and Families': a Facebook Live session facilitated by Armando Hernandez with guests Jocelyn Lepinski and Carrie Klein. The session will be repeated in Spanish at 3pm. 
 
Future topics include 'Covering Your COVID-19 Concerns' and 'Financially Weathering the COVID-19 Storm'.

Partners Pitch In! Our collective COVID-19 Response

Foundation for Madison's Public Schools says Thank You to partners who have pitched in to help the staff, scholars and families of MMSD during the COVID-19 crisis. See the video.

Support MMSD and MSCR through the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools

To support the unique needs of MMSD and MSCR during the COVID-19 crisis, please consider a gift through our fundraising partner, the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. To learn more, visit this page.

In March, the Foundation partnered with MMSD to raise $15,000 to produce, package and mail one million pieces of academic enrichment materials to 19,000 K-8 students. Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore has now asked the Foundation to partner with her to raise $50,000 more to ensure all of our 27,000 MMSD students have Wifi access. So far, the Foundation has raised $13,100 toward this goal. We have also raised $4,900 for MSCR.