Dear MMSD families,

I want to congratulate you on your first week of school! YOU DID IT!

I hope you were able to connect with teachers and staff at your child's school, begin to settle into routines, and build the relationships we all need in order to have a successful school year.

Learning in this virtual environment can be challenging, and this week our families demonstrated how they are up for the challenge. Thank you for all your hard work, patience and flexibility as we enter into this historic school year. We are all in this together.  

We understand families may still have questions as we continue to navigate through the virtual learning environment. For answers, we encourage you to visit the HelpDesk feature on our Virtual Learning Resources Hub. This is a great resource for families, providing tools  specifically designed to support you, and ensure your family understands the expectations and requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. We also invite you to join us on September 24th for a Facebook Live session, where we'll discuss the first few weeks of school and also provide you with an opportunity to ask questions. 

Enjoy the weekend. I hope you are able to rest up and recharge, as we head into our first full week of school.

Carlton D. Jenkins, PhD

Third Friday Membership Count

Madison Metropolitan School District is required to count students for membership purposes on the third Friday in September (not the third Friday of the school year) and report the membership count to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). This year the 3rd Friday Membership Count is scheduled for September 18, 2020. This is an important day for our district because the majority of our funding is tied to our 'member students' who are enrolled and in attendance as of that date. Under existing state law, a student may be counted for aid and revenue limit membership purposes regardless of the specific setting in which they are receiving instruction, if the student is actively enrolled on September 18 and:

  • In attendance on Friday, September 18, 2020


  •  in attendance for the 2020-21 school year on any day before September 18, 2020, AND any day after September 18, 2020, with no change in residency or enrollment during that period (the Before and After Rule for counting students does not restrict the before and after dates to Thursday, September 17 and Monday, September 21)

Teachers are responsible to take daily attendance for classes they are scheduled to teach on any given day, and for all classes on Wednesdays when all learning will be asynchronous. 

To be counted as "in attendance" for a subject/class, the student will need to:

  • attend the synchronous instruction time (in Zoom), 
  • complete and submit an asynchronous task (assigned by the teacher in Google Classroom, SeeSaw or Ready Rosie) that day between 12am-11:59pm, OR
  • engage in two-way communication (phone call, email exchange, or office hours virtual visit) 

On Wednesdays, attendance will be based solely on completion of asynchronous tasks and/or any two-way communication that may occur.

Learn more about our attendance practices during virtual learning at

Free breakfast and lunch for students: Weekly Schedule

As a reminder, we are offering curbside meal service at 40 school sites, for any child 18 years of age or younger. Each site has pickup one day per week for family convenience. Students will receive a market food box with all of the components for 5 balanced breakfast and lunch meals. The schedule was condensed this week due to the holiday, but our schedule starting next week is as follows: 

Weekly Schedule (starting September 14)








Van Hise


Black Hawk
La Follette




Badger Rock
Orchard Ridge


Cherokee Heights
Henderson (Glendale)
Lake View
Spring Harbor


Nuestro Mundo

Learn more here

Advanced Learning at MMSD

During virtual learning with the district, we want to assure you our Advanced Learning Specialists will continue to collaborate with teachers, support staff and families to implement programming as outlined in your student's Advanced Learning Plan. While some aspects of Advanced Learning (AL) will look differently during this virtual period, AL specialists will identify and meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our advanced learners and connect with students and families regarding service delivery, progress monitoring and guidelines set forth by the Department of Instruction and Office of Civil Rights. 

Here's what you can expect from our Advanced Learning Department during virtual learning:

  • The AL Department falls directly under the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and will focus 2020-21 on the delivery of instruction in Math, English/Language Arts and Social Studies/Humanities.
  • AL instruction will be delivered through videotaped recordings to AL learners and students with potential, noted as Talent Development students. Talent Development students are AL learners, but may be new to AL instructional services.
  • Five days of videotaped lessons will be recorded on Loom and sent to grade level core teachers every Friday to be embedded in core teacher's lessons for the following week.
  • Some AL students will continue to receive online instruction in accelerated mathematics by AL specialists or Teacher Leaders.
  • An AL specialist with English as a Second Language experience will be tied to a grade or grade levels to assist in planning lessons and creation of the videos supportive of language needs. These may be the same lessons, or an extension to ensure these learners needs are addressed.

If you have additional questions about advanced learning, we're here to help you. Please reach out to the AL Department Director, Dr. Sharon Alexander or Amanda Jamae, Advanced Learning Coordinator. Team Leaders can also assist you with your questions - look them up by school using the Advanced Learning Staff Directory.  

As our community begins the 2020-21 school year in a virtual learning environment, students are expected to attend school virtually according to their daily class schedule. Teachers will be taking attendance every day based on student engagement in synchronous, or live, real-time learning instruction, asynchronous, or independent learning activity, or through two way communication. It is important the district continues to track attendance to promote and support academic engagement in virtual learning. Measuring attendance also helps us stay in relationship with families to connect them with resources, and to promote overall health and emotional well-being.

4K and Early Childhood Attendance*

Attendance will be recorded daily by the homeroom teacher. To be counted as “in attendance”, the student will need to either:

  • Attend the synchronous, or live, real-time instruction
  • Complete and submit an asynchronous, or independent learning task assigned by the teacher on the virtual learning platform
  • Engage in two-way communication (student or parent/guardian phone call, email exchange, or office hours virtual visit) with the homeroom teacher and any specials teacher they are scheduled to receive instruction from that day

K-5 Attendance*

Attendance will be recorded daily by the homeroom teacher. To be counted as “in attendance”, the student will need to either:

  • Attend the synchronous, or live, real-time instruction
  • Complete and submit an asynchronous, or independent learning task assigned by the teacher on the virtual learning platform
  • Engage in two-way communication (phone call, email exchange, or office hours virtual visit) with the homeroom teacher and any specials teacher they are scheduled to receive instruction from that day.

6 -12 Attendance*

Attendance will be recorded daily by all teachers of classes scheduled to meet each day. To be counted as “in attendance” for a subject/class, the student will need to either:

  • Attend the synchronous, or live, real-time instruction (in Zoom)
  • Complete and submit an asynchronous, or independent learning task assigned by the teacher on the virtual learning platform
  • Engage in two way communication (phone call, email exchange, or office hours virtual visit) with the teacher of the course for each class, each day that it appears on their schedule.

Download this information
*All Families: On Wednesdays, attendance will be recorded based on asynchronous, or independent learning task completion, or two-way communication for all classes.
Report an Absence
The procedure for excusing students from virtual learning includes using the MMSD online form, or phone call to the school attendance line. Each school will share their detailed process.

Additional information can be found at

As we prepare for virtual learning for the start of school, it is my hope that the following updates will assist you as you are planning to support your students and interact with teachers.

Google Access (4k-12):

At Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), we use G Suite for Education tools that include Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Classroom, and more. At MMSD, students will use their G Suite accounts to complete assignments, communicate with their teachers, sign in to their Chromebooks, and learn 21st-century digital citizenship skills. During this time of virtual learning, all students will need access to Google and this means that all students will need a district-issued email. Please know that we are working to ensure that all students will have access to Google prior to the start of school. 

The following page, G Suite for Education Notice to Parents and Guardians, provides answers to common questions about what Google can and can’t do with your child’s personal information in accordance with Federal student privacy laws, as well as the protections Google takes to protect student data privacy.

Please know that this process can be updated once school has returned to an all face to face instructional environment. 

Seesaw (Grades 4k-5)

When teachers and families work together, outcomes improve. We’re using Seesaw because it supports strong relationships between teachers, students, and families. Together, we can support and celebrate your child’s learning inside and outside the classroom! This school year all elementary schools, grades 4k-5, will utilize Seesaw as the primary mode for students completing assignments and for communication with families.  


  • Makes your child’s thinking and learning visible so we can see and celebrate their growth over time

  • Opens communication between home and school, so we can share ideas to best support your child’s learning at home and at school

  • Gives your child an authentic audience for their work -- you! -- which motivates them to do their best

Please know that as the school year starts, schools will provide additional information on how families will get connect with Seesaw.  

Google Classroom (6-12)

All teachers will use Google Classroom to support student learning this academic year. Google Classroom has a built-in “progress report” feature that will email parents a daily or weekly summary of their students' work. Parents are able to decide the frequency of these summaries, additional information provided below. Please know that due to these reports being automated, we are unable to make any changes or customize the actual report.   

Once the invite has been accepted, families will receive regular, automatic email summaries for each of their students. Guardians choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—and can unsubscribe at any time. The summaries will include:

  • Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent

  • Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)

  • Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers.

Please know that after you have subscribed to the summaries, if you fail to receive a summary it is because one of the four reasons:

  • There's no activity to report for the given time period.

  • All of your student’s teachers turned off notifications for their classes.

  • Families accepted the invitation but chose not to get any summaries.

  • Families aren't connected to any student in Classroom

Upon clicking "Accept Invitation," you will be directed to a page that will allow you to adjust your email summary settings. You may choose to receive daily or weekly summaries of your student's assignments and activity in Google Classroom (across all subjects!), and may choose to stop receiving the summaries at any time.

Please note: To manage your email summaries, you will need to set up a free Google Account. You do not need a Gmail address to accomplish this; just use your preferred email to set up a free Google Account if you do not already have one.

Please know that we will send families the formal invitation from the following MMSD email account, "Gsuite Admin",  to the primary email address located in IC, on September 9, 2020. 


At this time, it is my hope that families that have requested a hotspot via their school librarian or the family helpline have either received the hotspot or communication that your hotspot is on the way. In order to support families with hotspots, each hotspot has 7500 MB of data. We are using the summer usage for families to determine the appropriate amount of data that we have assigned for each device. If a family has 3 or more children in the household, two devices will be provided to support the number of children. The following information will be provided in each unit. 

Student Passwords

Please know that if your student is still in need of their password those will be provided by the classroom teacher at the elementary level. At the middle and high school levels please contact your building Library Media Technology Specialist to reset a student password. 

6th graders will have their password from 5th grade if they are returning. New 6th graders will have a password of lowercase x followed birthday month, day, year in two digits, and a capital X (xmmddyyX) and be prompted to reset the password upon initially logging in.  7-12 grades have previously been set to xmmddyyX and have been encouraged to change this to something more secure (See Google’s requirements for creating a strong password). 

Please know that during the 3rd week of school all secondary students will be encouraged to reset their passwords and the LMTSs will work with students and staff to help with this process. 

MMSD will be offering free curbside meal service at 40 school sites starting next week, for all children 18 years old or younger. Meals will be provided free of charge to all students regardless of free, reduced or paid status eligibility for meals.
Each site will have pickup one day per week for your convenience. You will receive a market food box with all of the components for 5 balanced breakfast and lunch meals that meet the requirements for the Summer Food Service Program.
Food safety guidelines will be provided with each market food box. Safe meal heating instructions will be available at pickup locations and at
The September menu is available here.
What to know before picking up meals:

  • Each 5 day box is about 12"X 9"X 9" in size and weighs just under 10 pounds. 
  • Milk will be available as well.
  • Find the pickup schedule at
  • We strongly encourage families to use our pre-order form at so we can plan ahead and be ready for you. It is encouraged but not required.
  • You can pick up meals from any school site that is convenient for you.
  • If you feel that you may not have adequate refrigeration space for all of the meals please let our staff know at the time of pickup.

 If you have any questions, please contact us at

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.

Dear Families, 

As we near the start of the school year, I know all-virtual instruction will be challenging for many of our families. I want you to know we are here to support you, and you are not alone. We have a strong team preparing for virtual learning, while working to ensure students have technology devices, internet access, nutritious meals, and mental health support.  Over the next few weeks, our team will be providing important information which will answer more of your questions as we begin the 2020/2021 school year.

Next week, in preparation for the start of school, our staff will kick off nine days of professional learning. This time will be dedicated to developing and strengthening the critical knowledge and skills needed to provide all students with a positive, rigorous virtual learning experience, which is grounded in anti-racist principles. 

Regardless of whether we are learning virtually or in-person in our buildings, our focus will remain on our amazing students. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to share finalized logistical details with you. In the meantime, I would like to take the opportunity to shine a light on some of our extraordinary students and the amazing staff who support them.   

While we highlight just a few of these inspiring students in today's family newsletter, I know they represent thousands of others in the #MMSDFamily. This is what our district is about, and I am happy and proud to be here, back home in Madison. 


Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Wisconsin Department of Health Decision-Making Tool

As the spread of COVID-19 continues, it's more important than ever that we all do our part to protect ourselves and our community. The Wisconsin Department of Health has created a decision-making tool to help individuals and families determine the safest way to engage in activities outside the home during the pandemic. Use this tool to ask yourself key questions to decide whether or not it's safe to leave the house. 

City of Madison Community Resources and Updates

Due to the challenges of COVID-19, many Madison families have concerns about child care, housing, food, internet access and more. In response, the City of Madison has posted a list of community organizations that can help. In the latest update from the City of Madison, you'll find a link to resources, a list of COVID-19 testing sites and news from Madison Public Library and Goodman Pool.

Interested in receiving COVID-related updates from the City of Madison? Sign up for email and/or text alerts.

As we prepare to begin the year 100% virtually, it is critical that all students have a working digital device before September 8. Most students will be turning in the device they currently have and receiving a new one. We know some schools have collected devices already. If that's the case for you, please do come on the date scheduled to pick up your new device. 

Throughout August, we will be communicating with families in waves about how, when and where to exchange devices, beginning with incoming 9th grade students, who will exchange their devices August 17 and 18.

You can find the schedule here. Only the schools that are already scheduled are currently listed, and we will be updating this page as we finalize plans for additional schools.

Thank you for your patience. Know that we are working through a complex plan and will be reaching out to you when it is time to exchange your student's device. Expect to receive an email and a text message (if you have opted in to receive text messages from MMSD) from us about your student's exchange date, time and location, once we finalize all plans.

As you might imagine last spring allowed both the instructional technology and technical service departments to reevaluate the student experience on district-issued devices. We wanted to take the time to inform you of a major change that will impact the way students sign into the district-issued devices. 

As you are aware, ClassLink is the district Single Sign-On (SSO) platform. Starting this school year, we will totally integrate both students and staff into this platform. Moving forward Classlink will allow all stakeholders to access all of the district's curriculum/resource sites that are SSO. This change allows the user to only log into Classlink versus multiple platforms moving forward.

When logging into school-issued Chromebooks, each student will now need to use their 6 digit MMSD student ID# as their account username, and their current MMSD account password versus using their email address in previous school years. Please know that the password will remain the same. 
Once logged in to ClassLink, the Dashboard of application icons will be the default web page. These icons include essential software such as G Suite tools like Google Docs, Sheets, Classroom, Gmail, and a host of other instructional software programs. To use these icons, a student just needs to click onto the icon and they will automatically be logged into that application.

Lastly, last spring forced us to realize the need to have 4K students in our domain, so this school year all 4K students will also need to log in with their student IDs to access Classlink as well. 

To access ClassLink Launchpad from a non-MMSD issued device, a student would go to:

Please know that these changes will be made as of August 17th, 2020.

MSCR Full-Day Child Care
In support of our working families, MSCR Cares is offering a full-day child care program this fall that provides both structured and free choice activities in a school community. Children entering grades K-5 will be provided virtual school support, indoor and outdoor play and special interest activities led by MSCR and MMSD staff. MSCR Cares runs from September 8 - October 30, 2020, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. There are a limited number of enrollment slots available at each school site, so please use the links below to register online. 

MSCR Cares Fall 2020 Registration Form in English
MSCR Cares Fall 2020 Registration Form in Spanish

Here's a link to the full MSCR Cares program guidelines including eligibility criteria and program structure, plus visual instructions to assist you with registering. Registration forms must be received by August 21, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. If you have registration questions, please contact Vicki at or call 608-204-3000.

If you are interested in supporting MSCR Cares, please donate to the Foundation for Madison Public Schools COVID 19 MSCR fund. We appreciate all the help from the community.

Need assistance locating additional childcare options? 
4-C assists parents with their search for early care and education for their children. Request a free child care or youth program referral via one of the following methods:

Learn more at

2020-2021 Enrollment Information

The 2020-2021 school year is almost here, and that means it's time to enroll. To start the process, visit

Enrollment will be 100% virtual this year.

To help ensure our students, families, and staff are safe, the enrollment process is 100% online, and support will be available from your school during specific dates and times. The online enrollment application has been redesigned to allow new and existing families to complete the online enrollment application virtually and 100% paperless. MMSD online enrollment is mobile-friendly and can be completed on any device. 

Continuing Families: Families completing the application for students continuing within the MMSD will complete the enrollment process fully online and will not be asked to verify any enrollment documentation unless they have an address change. For more information on how to submit proof of address change click here.

New Families:

  1. Complete online enrollment at You must complete this process online. If you do not have access to a computer or internet access, contact the enrollment office at / 608-663-4957 or contact your school to schedule an appointment.
  2. Contact your school to schedule an appointment in order to verify your student's enrollment verification. Use the enrollment checklist as a guide to help you prepare the enrollment documents you need for your student's enrollment.
  3. Find MMSD school contact information here. View the MMSD calendar to find out about the enrollment assigned days/week.

New-to-district 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) students, new 5-year-old kindergarten (5K) students

If your student is new to MMSD for the 2020-21 school year AND you completed the 2020-21 online application along with verifying your child's date of birth, address, and parent/guardian identity and relationship at an MMSD school or office prior to August 10, there is nothing for you to do. You will receive communication about completing the Free and Reduced application and other enrollment forms.

New 4K and 5K students who completed the online enrollment application for the school year 2020-21, prior to August 10 and were prompted to print the verification page, do not need to provide MMSD public schools and Early Care and Education (ECE) centers a copy of the verification page when they verify their enrollment documents. MMSD public schools and ECE centers have access to the information that needs to be verified.

Enrollment dates and times: Getting help

The online enrollment application opens on August 10

School staff will be available to help you through the process virtually starting on Monday, August 17. Prior to that date, contact the enrollment office if you need assistance. 

Visit to find your school's phone number and email address. 

You may also visit to find enrollment information. 

Not sure which school your child will attend? Find your school on our website. You can also call our enrollment office for help at (608) 663-4957. Phone numbers and email addresses for all schools are listed on our website.

School schedules will be available on the IC Parent Portal on August 24 and families can access them there. High School students can submit schedule changes to their counselors electronically. 

There is no picture day at high schools during August enrollment since schools are closed and enrollment is 100% virtual. Your school will contact you about your 2020-21 photo ID.

Fall Virtual Learning Start and End Times

Thanks for your patience as we've worked out the details on when students and staff will start and end their virtual learning day. 

Elementary: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Middle: 8:30 a.m. - 3:42 p.m.
High: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Elementary: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Middle: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
High: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

If and when we move to a hybrid or face-to-face model (possibly as early as November), these times will be adjusted to reflect the 2020-21 school start time plan. (To plan for this possibility, please check your school's start and end times in the above link since this could take effect as early as second quarter.)

Schools will be sending student schedules as part of their back-to-school communication. 

Need help paying for student meals during these challenging times?

We will be offering curbside meal service at 40 school sites starting the week of September 8, 2020. Each site will have pickup one day per week for family convenience. Students will receive a meal box with all of the components for 5 balanced breakfast and lunch meals that meet the requirements for the National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs.

  • Pickup times and locations are being finalized and will be shared soon.
  • Each 5 day box is about 12"X 9"X 9" in size and weighs just under 10 pounds.  
  • Milk will be available as an option.
  • A pre-order button and instructions on how to order will be available on our website as the start of school approaches. 
  • Students or parents will need to provide the student name and student ID number at the time of pickup.
  • Full pay and reduced eligible students should have funds in their account to cover the cost of the meal pickup. The account will be charged at the time of pickup.
  • Please remember to apply for free & reduced meal benefits during enrollment this year. You need to apply each school year.

Stay tuned for more information on our website and in this newsletter as we continue our planning process to ensure students have access to nutritious meals during our virtual learning environment.

Student Fees

As in previous years, all student fees will be collected during enrollment, which include:

  • Consumable Materials fees for all students
  • Middle and High School Activity fees
  • Middle and High School Textbook fees
  • Locks, planners and yearbook fees will also be added to Infinite Campus student records. Yearbooks and some lock fees will still be optional fees.
  • Fifth grade strings rental fees will also be added to student records for the schools with "strings for all." Strings teachers are working on processes so students receive instruments.
  • High School: all Art course fees will be charged for first semester.  The art department staff will work on getting kits to students. 

The following fees will not be collected at enrollment:

  • High School course fees for Physical Education, Family and Consumer Education, and Technology courses will not be charged for first semester. Second semester course fees will be added in January 2021. 
  • Fall athletic fees will not be charged at this time.

The District believes these fees are best to collect now, but we will be prepared to offer refunds depending on how the rest of the school year plays out.

Do you support public schools but are thinking of leaving MMSD for just one year due to COVID-19 planning efforts? Consider taking an equity pause.

We've heard from some families that they are considering homeschooling their children in the fall or enrolling their children in private schools offering in-person learning. We understand and respect what families need to do for their children. However, we are anticipating and planning for key improvements to our virtual learning offering this fall and are asking families to consider this. Ensuring staff have the opportunity for additional days of professional learning dedicated to teaching virtually has been a priority of ours since the spring. We believe that this fall students will have a virtual learning experience that is stronger, more rigorous, and more equitable than what they experienced in the spring. 

We also want all families to know the financial impact when a student withdraws from our school district. Even a small percentage of students withdrawing makes a huge impact, not for one year but for three years. Our revenue from the state is dependent upon the number of students enrolled on the third Friday in September.  A student who does not enroll in MMSD by the third Friday in September but then returns to MMSD once we return to in-person learning means that we lose the state revenue for the child, not just for this first year, but for the next 3 years due to the state's 3 year rolling average formula.  This impacts everything in our district, but especially our ability to invest in the vision in our Strategic Framework, which aims to close opportunity gaps for students and invest in hiring and maintaining high-quality staff . We know each family needs to make the best decisions for their children, but we hope you will pause to consider equity  as well as our improvements to virtual learning before making a final decision.

School Supplies

School supplies for elementary and middle schools have been updated and are available at Access to supplies at home will be critical to ensure the success of students in an all-virtual learning environment. MMSD is committed to getting these supplies into the hands of students who need and cannot afford them, and is working with the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools, Adopt-a-School partners, community partners, and other organizations to help support these efforts. More information about where to get access to these resources is forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.

Note: High schools do not have specific school supply lists. Supplies will vary based on individual courses. Teachers will inform students of specific needs during the first week of school.