While Madison schools are closed, we want students to be able to use their district-issued Chromebooks to access online enrichment resources from home.
[Update 3/29/2020] Device delivery
As many of you are aware, the district has struggled over the last couple weeks to develop a safe plan for distribution of devices to students who need them. Public health guidelines and orders from Governor Ever’s office in response to Coronavirus has forced the district to scuttle previous on-site distribution plans to adhere to rapidly expanding social distancing directives.
To overcome this unique challenge, MMSD is teaming up with United Parcel Service (UPS) to have packaged devices delivered to every student who needs them. The devices are an important component for students as MMSD transitions to Virtual Learning set to launch April 6.
To make this happen, UPS is providing significantly reduced pricing to MMSD for boxes, packaging materials, insurance, and verified delivery.
Our plan is to start shipping devices by Wednesday so that all students have them by the end of next week. Deliveries will require a “sign off” meaning the UPS driver will need to verify a person received the device at each household. This will be done following social distancing guidelines by using simple visual verification that the device was received by the appropriate family.
In preparation, over the next couple of days MMSD will be verifying mailing addresses for families who indicated they need a device to ensure delivery accuracy, as some addresses may be different from a typical household address. Additionally, the district is working with the City of Madison to identify school-age children who may be residing with their families at area hotels to ensure these students have the resources they need to continue learning.
If you have previously indicated that your child is in need of a device, please be on the lookout for an MMSD survey to verify your need and your address so that we can be sure you receive one. Please know that we will make every effort possible to determine addresses for those families that did not receive or return surveys.
From the beginning of this crisis, our focus has been the safety and well-being of our students, families and staff and we believe this to be the safest alternative to getting these important devices into our students hands so that every student has the resources to continue learning.
[Update 3/26/20] Device distribution
We are on track to tentatively be handing out Chromebooks to families next Thursday (elementary schools) and Friday (middle and high schools). As plans are finalized, I will be reaching out with more details. If you have had trouble accessing the survey, know that we are not turning any students away. If you request a Chromebook for your student, we will be following up through a variety of strategies to make sure that all of our students have access to a device and can connect to the internet. However, if you did receive the link to the survey but haven’t completed it, please do so. It gives us a baseline idea of how many devices we need to have prepared to distribute next week.
Students are able to continue to practice and maintain skills that have been taught up to this point in the school year. If your child has access to a digital device at home, you can also reference https://tinyurl.com/u8qod3m that include links to many free online learning resources that support at-home enrichment.
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.