Dear MMSD Families,

I hope you and your family are enjoying the summer weather and that you are finding opportunity for peace and relaxation. Over the next several weeks, we will be communicating through this newsletter very important information to families, including more details on our plan for the opening of school this fall. So we encourage you to continue to give attention to this newsletter, as we don't want you to miss any important information. This week's important updates include:

Board Announces Next Superintendent
I am happy to inform you that the MMSD Board of Education President, Gloria Reyes, is announcing today the Board's selection of the district's next Superintendent of Schools. Our new Superintendent will start their new role with MMSD August 4th. This is very exciting news, and I look forward to assisting in their transition. For the official announcement, please click this link

Family Survey on re-opening schools 
On Monday, you will be receiving an email asking you to participate in a survey regarding the reopening of schools this fall. (Please note that the survey is being sent to only one primary household contact listed in Infinite Campus. If none of your child's primary contacts receives the survey by the end of the day Monday, please email survey@madison.k12.wi.us. Include your child's full name and school.) 

Your feedback is very important to us and will inform our planning. The survey will include a link to our website, where you can find our current thinking so far. Thank you in advance for your ideas and partnership. 

It is our hope throughout the summer to provide families information on a timeline that gives as much information as possible and as soon as possible, to provide the time needed to plan as a family.  We don't want you to miss any important information, so we ask that you continue to refer to future editions of this newsletter, as well as mmsd.org and our social media channels, for important information and details moving forward. 

Know that we are working hard to continue to move forward and thank you for your patience and grace. 

Stay well, 

Jane Belmore 
Interim Superintendent 

Dane County Mask Requirement 

This week, Public Health - Madison & Dane County issued an order that requires wearing masks when in public buildings in Dane County.  Per the order, people five years of age and older must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in public, which includes in businesses, health care settings, waiting in line, and on public transportation. Some people are exempt of this order if they have a physical, mental, or developmental condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. This order goes into effect on July 13, 2020 at 8:00am.  The MMSD planning team will be looking at the details of this order and will be providing more information in the upcoming weeks on how this order will impact our families, students and staff. For more information on the Dane County mask order click here.

'Disrupting Systemic Racism in Education' Features MMSD Educators

Last Thursday, a panel of MMSD educators discussed their experiences with navigating microaggressions and racial bias. You can view the Facebook Live session or watch the video on YouTube.

We also had a Facebook Live video on Solidarity & Support in Times of Racial Violence & Injustice last month that you can view anytime on our YouTube channel. 

Madison College offering free, online classes for virtual learning (all grade levels)

Madison College Libraries is offering a 'Digital Backpack Series' program to give students and parents an opportunity to learn more about how to make the most of virtual learning. The classes are offered throughout the summer, until the end of August. The goal is to help students get off on the right foot in the fall -- no matter what school looks like. Learn more.

Join Student Senate in a Virtual Rally on Tuesday, July 14th from 12:00-1:30pm

Young people are spearheading the Black Lives Matter movement. Students are a force of change. As an anti-racist organization, Student Senate is committed to listening to and amplifying the voices of a diverse student body by elevating the student voice to the Board of Education and district administration.

We recognize the systemic and institutional barriers in our education system and society that uniquely affect the Black community. To help combat systemic racism, we're partnering with Board of Education member Ali Muldrow in hosting a virtual rally on July 14th where students can express their thoughts and emotions on recent events and any relevant district action; the promotion of black excellence, addressing racial inequity in our schools, and more.

We actively encourage all students to share their unique experiences and opinions on district policies and decisions. Join us in recognizing and amplifying diverse student voices in our district! Sign up here.

Stay Healthy and Stay Safe: A Reminder from MMSD Staff

As a surge of new cases of COVID-19 affects our area, understanding this disease and how it impacts our community is even more important. In June, colleagues from around the district came together to share the latest knowledge about COVID-19 symptoms, prevention, and our community response.

Created by our MMSD Health Services, these short videos are intended to be distributed widely with others as a way to educate and support all of our staff, students, families and the Madison community. See the video in English and Spanish.

Art Cart Kicks Off 45th Season!

The Art Cart is a free, traveling art program that provides creative, outdoor art-making experiences to children ages 3+ and their families. The Art Cart kicked off its season this week, and will continue to visit various parks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through August 14th.

In response to current health guidelines, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) are distributing ArtKits for families to take home to complete. There will be a different kit each week, and instructions will be posted on the MSCR YouTube channel.

To pick up an ArtKit, which includes supplies and instruction for to-go creative activities for families, look for the colorful van at various parks throughout Madison. ArtKits are limited and available first-come, first served.

Upcoming stops:

  • Saturday, July 11: McFarland, Discovery Garden, 10 am
  • Saturday, July 11: Waunakee Village Center, 1 pm
  • Monday, July 13: Belmar Hills, 1-4 pm (4600 Jenewein Rd)
  • Wednesday, July 15: Kennedy Park, 5-7:30pm (5208 Retana Dr)
  • Friday, July 17: Vilas Park Shoe Display, 9 am - 12 noon

View the full schedule in English and Spanish.

Follow us on social media

Make sure to follow your school on social media so you don't miss the great things they're posting throughout the summer!

2020 Summer Food Program

The MMSD Summer Food Program provides free, nutritious meals during summer vacation. Children can eat breakfast, lunch and snack for free Monday - Friday starting June 22nd. Meals vary by location, and no application is required. All sites will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. All children 18 years of age and under can receive up to two free meals per site. 
 
We will be following best practices for social distancing at all our sites. Meals can be picked up by parents and/or students to take off site with them. No meals will be eaten on site. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the same time. You can find more information online using the summer meals map, call 2-1-1, or text 'food' to 877-877.

School Sites

11:00 - 11:30
Mendota Elementary
Lapham Elementary
Sandburg Elementary
Glendale Elementary
Jefferson Middle

11:45 - 12:15
Lake View Elementary
Emerson Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary
Badger Rock Middle
Toki Middle

12:30 - 1:00
Sherman Middle
Schenk Elementary
Allis Elementary
Lincoln Elementary
Midvale Elementary

1:15 - 1:45
Leopold Elementary

Community Sites
Serving times will vary per site.

Allied Learning Center
Neighborhood House
Theresa Terrace
Elver Park Neighborhood Center
MSCR East
Packers Apartments
Northport Apartments
Boys & Girls club Allied
Boys & Girls Club Taft
Midvale Baptist