We understand that many of you are feeling concerned about the coronavirus and have reached out to us with questions. (Coronavirus is a new type of virus that was found in Wuhan, China. This virus comes from a large family of coronaviruses common throughout the world. They can infect people and cause mild respiratory diseases, like the common cold, and rarely, more serious disease.)

We want you to know that we are working closely with Public Health Madison and Dane County and we are in constant contact with MMSD’s Medical Consultant, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist who gives us guidance around the coronavirus and other illnesses. 

We are learning new information about the virus each day. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Dane County or Wisconsin. As of right now, unless you or your family has traveled within China in the past two weeks, or you have been in contact with someone who has, you are not at risk of developing the virus. If you have concerns about the coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider. 

For more information and updates go to the Public Health Madison and Dane County Website or the CDC website.  Also, remember Influenza (flu) is more of a threat then coronavirus at this time. If you have not had the influence vaccine, you can still get it. And, don’t forget to wash your hands and cover your cough.

As usual, any student with a persistent cough and fever will need to stay home from school, per our Illness Guidelines. We will continue to share updates as we receive them. 

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) administrators and staff continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak locally, across the United States and globally.  At this time, there are two active cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, with one of those cases being in Dane County.  It is also being reported that in each of these recent cases there was a history of domestic travel.  Public health officials are still indicating that the risk to our area remains relatively low, however that is not the case in other areas of the country and world.

Therefore, as a preventative measure, MMSD is imposing a temporary out of state travel restriction on all district related staff and student travel. This includes travel for meetings, conferences, field trips or any other events outside the state of Wisconsin. We will keep this district travel restriction in place until further notice, and will regularly revisit the status of these preventive measures.  

MMSD has an interdisciplinary team developing a plan on how the district will continue to respond to COVID-19 if our risk levels should increase. This team has been meeting daily to review updates and communicate with local and state health officials, neighboring school districts as well as receiving guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

It is important to note that this is a time of preparation in support of keeping our students, staff and community safe and healthy.  To reduce levels of anxiety, it is important to keep yourself updated on the latest developments and those around you accurately informed.  You can find more information on our MMSD Coronavirus web page at mmsd.org/covid19

We will be providing staff and families a COVID-19 update each Friday, or sooner if necessary, to keep you informed on the latest developments and updates on MMSD planning and preparedness. 

Thank you for your time and understanding.