As you may have seen in the news today, Governor Evers announced that he will be issuing a “Safer At Home” order to further slow this pandemic, to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to take our loved ones' safety very seriously.
Details about the order are expected to be released on Tuesday. We strongly encourage you to follow the order, as we must all do our part for the health and well being of our community. When more information on the Governor’s order is provided to us, I assure you MMSD will be working hard to understand, communicate and respond to how this will affect MMSD operations as quickly as possible.
We also recognize, in the days ahead, the need for additional resources for virtual learning. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure that our students continue to learn and have contact with their teachers and classmates. We will be working as much as possible on the varying needs of our students and families. We will be providing more information in the upcoming days that will provide more details on MMSD's plan for virtual learning, set to launch the first week of April.
Access to devices and internet
Many of you have reached out to inquire about access to digital devices and internet for your students. We want to make sure that every student who needs a device gets access to one. Watch for a text today if you have not already received one asking you about your child’s access to a device and internet. It is critical that families respond to this survey so that we are able to support you during this time. Our research office relies on a thorough outreach strategy in order to reach every family.
Free, nutritious meals continue to be available - children do not need to be present
Remember that free, nutritious meals continue to be available at sites throughout the city. Your children do not need to be present for you to pick up meals for them. Simply let the food service staff know how many lunches and breakfasts you need for the children you will be giving meals to. You will not be asked for any form of identification. We are handing out lunch and breakfast for the following day simultaneously, so families would only have to visit the site once daily. You can pick up meals by car or on foot – whatever is safest for you and your family.
We hear you
There is a lot of worry and anxiety in our community as our families ask important questions about graduation, grades, and a possible extended school year to name a few. Please know that we hear you. Districts across the state are grappling with these same questions, and please know that we are preparing for multiple scenarios of how to care for our community.
School districts are working together in close contact with our public health, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and other government officials to plan and prepare for what lies ahead. As this crisis evolves, we will be resilient and make adjustments along the way to continue to serve our students and community to the best of our ability.
P.S. “Stay at home. Vote by mail.” Officials are urging everyone who can to vote in the April 7 election by absentee ballot. You can get started at https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/VoteAbsentee.