Dear MMSD Families,
Today, the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) is announcing its intention to return students to in-person instruction, five days a week, for the start of 2021-2022 school year. In addition to a full return to in-person learning as the default instructional model this fall, MMSD will provide options for families who prefer virtual learning for their secondary students.
The decision comes as local data trends of positive COVID-19 cases continue a steep and sustained downward trajectory, while the number of fully vaccinated individuals in the Madison community continues to climb steadily upward. In combination, these key factors, among other improving pandemic metrics, support a safe return to the classroom for all students and grade levels for the 2021-2022 school year.
Although we appreciate how some students now prefer virtual learning and how they have benefited from the robust virtual learning experience provided to them, the full reopening of schools is a day the entire community has long been waiting for. We are excited to provide students the opportunity to return to school buildings, learn in-person, connect face-to-face with teachers and classmates, and benefit from learning in a classroom environment.
Throughout the pandemic, MMSD has relied on the guidance of local and federal health officials to inform our decision making. While our collaboration continues in the development of our 2021-2022 health and safety protocols, local health experts strongly encourage all students who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start of the new school year. If you are interested in learning more about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to visit this link.
I want to thank all of our families and students for their resilience, support, and understanding as we worked together to overcome the many challenges faced during these unprecedented times. We look forward to closing out the current school year strong, celebrating the achievements of all of our scholars, and continuing to move forward in providing safe, welcoming, and enriching learning opportunities for every student so they graduate college, career, and community ready.
As our collaborative momentum continues, you can expect to receive additional information on safety protocols, details on school reopening, and updates on our virtual options for the 2021-2022 school year in the upcoming weeks.
Carlton D. Jenkins Ph.D.