Dear Families, 

I am finding myself somewhat at a loss for words as we wrap up this week. It is my intention going into the weekend to remain hopeful, amid a week filled with multiple crises across the country and the world, for good to prevail. 

And that is why I love working in education so dearly. We have the opportunity to make change locally, to do better for our children and community. I hope you will join me in this hopefulness and that your children will have a safe and positive start to the school year. 


Carlton D. Jenkins, PhD

Have questions about Virtual Learning this Fall?

Get your questions answered on Wednesday, September 2nd at 2pm during a live broadcast with Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins. Submit your questions via this form and we will answer as many as we can during the broadcast.

Do your part to ensure no student is left without a computer this fall 

We know you've been receiving a lot of communication from the district and your school(s). We can know it can be overwhelming and ask you to forgive the amount of emails you're receiving. 

The fact is we've never launched a school year virtually before, and we are dealing with a lot of complexities from when schools closed in March and we delivered 9,000 Chromebooks to students' homes. We are doing our best to relay important information before school starts. 

If it wasn't clear in earlier communications, we need every student represented in this schedule to turn in the Chromebook they used last year and pick up a new one. 

The devices students use are grade-level dependent. Students need to use the device intended for their grade level. If your student is scheduled to turn in their current laptop, that means another student needs it. And we need the time to clean and repair devices to give them to students on their exchange date. 

Make-up days and times 
If you are unable to make it on your scheduled exchange day, you can go to your assigned location one of the following times. Please do this only if absolutely necessary so that we can minimize the number of students without a Chromebook the first week of school. 

  • September 8: 8am - 3pm
  • September 9: 12pm - 7pm
  • September 10: 12pm - 7pm
  • September 11: 8am - 3pm

Didn't have a Chromebook last year but need one now?
If your student was not issued a Chromebook last school year but needs one now, you should come on the day and time listed for their school and grade level. 

New to the school district?
If your student is brand new to our district, an incoming 4K student or 5K student, you should come on the day and time listed for their school and grade level. 

Other questions?
We know you have questions, and we have answered some common questions here. We ask that you check here first before replying to this email because we do not have the staff necessary to respond to every email we receive, especially if it is answered on our FAQ page. 

Thank you. We know this is a lot, and we will get through this together. 

Well child visits and vaccinations are essential

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, well child visits were postponed, leaving children at risk for vaccine preventable disease. Local healthcare providers are now scheduling well child and immunization visits for all children and adolescents. It is important that all children receive recommended vaccinations and get caught up if they are behind as a result of the pandemic.
Many of you have asked if immunizations are still a requirement for this coming school year. Yes, the WI Department of Health Services continues to follow the WI State Statutes immunization requirement for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn more.

Foundation and network of partners work to deliver 5,000 supply kits to students -- how you can help

Every student deserves a full and equitable education. The past few months have shown the essential role public schools play in our community while shining a light on existing disparities.
As we prepare to start the 2020-2021 school year, an urgent need for individual sets of school supplies has emerged. Students need their own sets of supplies at home in order to properly engage in virtual learning. The need will continue once a return to in-person learning in our school buildings becomes possible. In order to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols, the sharing of classroom supplies will no longer be an option, necessitating a supply kit for each student.  
In response to this urgent need, the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools has partnered with the community to purchase, package, and distribute up to 5,000 individual supply kits.
With your support, they will help deliver everything from pencils, notebooks, and headphones to those scholars most in need. The average cost of a supply kit is $50 and every donation contributes to the collective buying power of the Foundation and partners. Visit their school supply page for regular updates. If you're interested in helping assemble kits, please email the Foundation.

MSCR Fall 2020 Program Guide

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is proud to announce the MSCR Fall 2020 Program Guide. This book offers a variety of recreation programs for all ages including arts & enrichment, fitness, paddling & boating, sports, soccer and much more! Programs are available inside, outside and online so customers can choose their comfort level following health and safety policies
New this season:

  • Art, Nature & You - Learn how to use found and reclaimed natural materials to create stunning pieces of artwork. Tuesdays, September 15 - October 20. Grades K-2: 4:30-5:30 pm and Grades 3-5: 5:45-6:45 pm  at Hoyt Park.
  • Community Climb - Bring your isolation crew for a climbing adventure at the School Forest Challenge Course. Fridays, September 4, 18 & October 9, 2-5 pm. Ages 12+.
  • Games Galore - Play popular yard games; stations are created to keep participants physically distanced. Takes place Mondays to Thursdays, 4:30-6 pm at several locations.

Fall Registration began Monday, August 17 for Madison Metropolitan School District residents and Monday, August 31 for non-residents. MSCR offers many recreation programs for all ages that are accessible and affordable. Fee Waivers are available for those who qualify. MSCR is Madison's public recreation department serving the community since 1926. The guide is also available in Spanish. Please go to to register or learn more information.

In case you missed it

Student Device Exchange is going on now. Visit this page for details and a full schedule. Note that schools are still being added to the schedule.

Enrollment is 100% virtual this year and is going on now. If you need assistance, you can contact your school starting next week. View the MMSD School Year Calendar for specific dates and times that your school is available. Learn more about 2020-21 enrollment here

Need help paying for meals? We will be offering curbside meal service at 40 school sites starting the week of September 8, 2020. Learn more

School start and end times during virtual learning are different from normal school hours. Learn more.

How to contact your school: While we're virtual, we want to make sure you're still able to contact your school. There are currently four ways you can get in touch with your school. Find them here.

Previous family newsletters are archived on this page on our website.

From Public Health and the City of Madison: How to get help during COVID-19

These are extraordinary times. Due to the challenges of COVID-19, every Madison family needs a little extra support, and our community is stepping up to help. The City's "How To" series provides an online list of community resources that can help with everything from eviction to finding healthy food. You'll also find printable handouts on each topic. View the "How To" community resources pages here.

Supporting MMSD and MSCR families in crisis during COVID-19

Since March, the Foundation for Madison Public Schools has been raising emergency relief funds and collaborating with community partners to ensure our MMSD and MSCR students, families and staff have the resources and financial support to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We need your support. Please join our efforts to help our families who are impacted the most by this health crisis with a gift to one or both of these funds. To learn more, visit this page.