The uncertainty and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is stressful for all of us, most of all, our children. Our district will continue to provide you with updates as more information becomes available, and we encourage you to keep visiting mmsd.org/COVID19 for the latest updates.
Monitoring your family’s health
- If you or a family member develops fever and cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice and isolate yourself. Public Health Madison and Dane also has information regarding “What to Do if You are Sick or Possibly Exposed”.
- If you have questions about your student’s Medicaid benefits or renewal, call Guillemina Montes the MMSD Family Health Liaison at MMSD at 608- 576-1197. (She also speaks Spanish).
- According to the Harvard Coronavirus Resource website, you should also prepare to have the necessary health supplies at home. This includes at least a 30 day supply of any needed prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and other health supplies. You can find a list here, along with who to contact locally if you have questions about COVID-19.
Spring Break week changed to March 23-27
- Last Friday, as part of a strategy to stem the spread of coronavirus, the School Board voted to move Spring Break to next week, the week of March 23. Just after the vote, Governor Evers announced that all Wisconsin schools would close by Wednesday, March 18.
For families and students, the change in Spring Break week likely doesn’t have a big impact since schools are closed anyway. But we wanted to make sure you are aware since it does make a difference for school staff. School staff are not required to work over Spring Break. If your child’s teacher or principal has been communicating with you, please know that they may not be available next week.
If your family has plans to travel over Spring Break, please do follow health advisories on travel. You can find travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.
Free healthy meals for kids (including over Spring Break)
- As a reminder, MMSD is providing free, nutritious meals for kids daily at sites around Madison. A take-home breakfast and lunch will be provided in pre-packaged paper bags at each drop-off site, once per day. Find pick-up locations and times here.
Assessment updates during school closures
- Find the most recent information regarding ACT Aspire, Forward Exam, Advanced Placement Exams, and other assessments here.
Status of High School Prom and other spring events
- As we have received updated guidance from MMSD, Public Health, and both city and state government officials over the past several days, we will be unable to hold large group school events. Unfortunately, this does include prom, which is now canceled.
We know Prom is an important aspect of a high school experience and we are sad to have to cancel. We are very sorry that our students are missing out on so much as we face these unprecedented challenges, but the health and safety of our community remains our top priority.
We realize that you have questions about the status of many other spring events. As a district and schools, we are reviewing each of these events. Individual high school websites are great places to learn more.
Thank you for your time, patience and support. It is during times like these that we are all reminded of how important it is to come together as a community, to address the challenges this crisis presents us today, and plan for what lies ahead tomorrow.
Jane Belmore, Interim Superintendent