March 8th - Virtual asynchronous days, previously held on Wednesdays, will move to Mondays for all K-12 students (whether receiving instruction virtually or in-person) beginning.
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 metrics and receive guidance from local public health experts, we will later determine when other grade levels can transition safely to an in-person learning model.
Next week, you will receive an important survey asking you to indicate your intentions on whether your student(s) will be returning to in-person instruction or remain learning in an all-virtual model. It is important for you to return this survey, as the information it provides will help us better prepare and plan for our phased return to in-person instruction.
We are grateful for the support, grace and understanding our students, staff, families and community have provided us throughout this pandemic. Thank you for your continued partnership as we navigate these challenging times.
This may vary by school, but generally, schools will be promoting one-way pedestrian traffic and dedicated entrances and exit. Hallway use will be staggered to allow for distancing. Some schools are planning to have bins or baskets next to each student's desk rather than using lockers or hallway cubbies. Restroom use will be staggered and every other stall will be closed for use.
We know many of our students, families and staff are carrying a great deal of anxiety and stress as we approach a decision, whether the decision is to return in person or continue with virtual learning. We recognize that both scenarios involve adapting to significant changes. Whatever decision is made, we will be ready to support the needs of our staff, our students and their families.
Our goal is to support students' needs while limiting the number of environments staff and students are exposed to. When that is not possible, staff should follow all district prescribed Health and Safety procedures, including using the medical-grade PPE issued by Student Services and obtained through the school Health Office.
This is a rapidly changing situation, so we recommend consulting the latest information released by Public Health Madison Dane County.
As we begin a phased return to in-person instruction, we need to shift from Wednesday to Monday asynchronous learning based on recommendations from health experts to allow for three consecutive days of deep cleaning of facilities when students are not present.