As you may be aware, MMSD is taking the concerns about COVID-19 very seriously, with the health and safety of our community, students and staff as our first priority.  We have been collaborating with local health officials and other school districts to take measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, while also responding to the various needs of students, staff and our community. The COVID-19 Response Team continues to work around the clock, and is closely monitoring the situation, taking your questions and feedback and responding as quickly as possible. 

 Recently, the governor extended the school closing indefinitely.  This was new information for all of us. These are indeed unprecedented times, and please know we are working to determine next steps for all of our students.  

Enrichment materials being mailed home 

Recently, it was decided that the safest way to distribute MMSD enrichment materials was to deliver them through the mail.  These materials are intended for K-8 students, and families can expect to receive these materials over the weekend or early next week.  

Planning for virtual learning 

We have been in daily contact and working collaboratively with many other school districts similar in size, as well as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, to plan and address the very unique complexities that virtual learning presents to large school districts like MMSD. 

It is taking time to work through the many details, such as the large number of our families who do not have long-term access to the internet or devices, how to best meet students with special needs concerns, and ensuring our teachers are equipped to teach online and that we have the infrastructure to do it.  We know from our discussions with other area superintendents of larger districts that they are wrestling with the same concerns.

As a result of this work, we are planning for virtual learning to launch in MMSD by early/mid April, if schools have not re-opened by then. We are customizing online time based on the ages of students, knowing that our youngest children should have limited screen time. Thank you for your patience while we work to provide our students with the best options possible, and we will be updating you over the next days and weeks as our plans develop.  

High school announcements 

We’ve added answers to some questions that are important for our high school students and families to know. In our FAQs you can find answers to your questions about Quarter 3 grades, National Honor Society Letters, AP testing, college admissions, the FAFSA and more. 

Social distancing at parks, playgrounds

On another note, it is important for us as a community to continue to stress the importance of social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Please remind your friends and family to continue to practice social distancing, this would include playdates, or children at playgrounds and parks. Health officials advise that it is not advisable for children to congregate in groups to play.  For parents,I realize this is easier said than done, however it is also a very important safety precaution to take.  

Finally, we want to continue to  encourage you to check our website for the latest MMSD COVID-19 information, as many of your questions can be answered there. 

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding throughout all of this.  Stay well, and we will continue to keep you informed as this crisis continues to unfold. 

Jane Belmore

Interim Superintendent

Madison Metropolitan School District