Dear Families, 

As we near the start of the school year, I know all-virtual instruction will be challenging for many of our families. I want you to know we are here to support you, and you are not alone. We have a strong team preparing for virtual learning, while working to ensure students have technology devices, internet access, nutritious meals, and mental health support.  Over the next few weeks, our team will be providing important information which will answer more of your questions as we begin the 2020/2021 school year.

Next week, in preparation for the start of school, our staff will kick off nine days of professional learning. This time will be dedicated to developing and strengthening the critical knowledge and skills needed to provide all students with a positive, rigorous virtual learning experience, which is grounded in anti-racist principles. 

Regardless of whether we are learning virtually or in-person in our buildings, our focus will remain on our amazing students. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to share finalized logistical details with you. In the meantime, I would like to take the opportunity to shine a light on some of our extraordinary students and the amazing staff who support them.   

While we highlight just a few of these inspiring students in today's family newsletter, I know they represent thousands of others in the #MMSDFamily. This is what our district is about, and I am happy and proud to be here, back home in Madison. 

Sincerely,

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Wisconsin Department of Health Decision-Making Tool

As the spread of COVID-19 continues, it's more important than ever that we all do our part to protect ourselves and our community. The Wisconsin Department of Health has created a decision-making tool to help individuals and families determine the safest way to engage in activities outside the home during the pandemic. Use this tool to ask yourself key questions to decide whether or not it's safe to leave the house. 

City of Madison Community Resources and Updates

Due to the challenges of COVID-19, many Madison families have concerns about child care, housing, food, internet access and more. In response, the City of Madison has posted a list of community organizations that can help. In the latest update from the City of Madison, you'll find a link to resources, a list of COVID-19 testing sites and news from Madison Public Library and Goodman Pool.

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