Grade 6-12

We plan to start the third quarter of the 2020-2021 school year by remaining in an all-virtual learning environment at all grade levels. Although we will begin 3rd Quarter Virtual, if at any time conditions for bringing students back improve, we will implement a plan to safely return students back to in-person learning in a phased approach beginning with our earliest learners.

Knowing how virtual learning impacts a number of our students has made each one of these decisions incredibly difficult. Although it is our preference to have all students learning in-person, connecting face to face with teachers and classmates, and benefiting from learning in a classroom environment, it is also our ultimate responsibility to ensure when we do return to our school buildings, it be done in the safest way possible with metrics supporting a safe return.

We understand families will have many questions. We have provided some FAQs below and will be adding to this resource as our community reaches out. Please utilize the red pop up button at the bottom of your screen that says “Contact Us” with any additional questions and feedback. This new feature on our website sends specific questions to an appropriate MMSD staff member in a more timely manner. The tool is mobile friendly, and we hope you find it a valuable resource.

FAQ

  • TBD. We are working out the details now.

  • We will begin moving Secondary students back to campus as soon as it is safe to do so

  • This is TBD. Sites are in the planning phase to see if we remain in block or transition back to the 7 period day.

  • We are working out the details now.

  • If this is the model, a teacher will have a microphone and will be able to teach students online while interacting with students that are live. It is not for sure that this is the model that we will use for instruction.

  • It is not recommended that students leave for lunch at this time. However, we are working on plans to ensure that students can safely eat their lunch in the classroom or with staggered seating in the cafeteria.

  • We are in the planning phase. We will use schools to help problem-solve this question.

  • We are not administering the ACT/SAT/PSAT on national test dates this year. We are still holding our AP as well as Dual Credit classes virtually.

  • Each school is aware of many of the students that are not engaged virtually. Each site has created systems to continue to search for/contact these students and their families to attempt to re-engage the students. We are also still working on connectivity concerns to support re-engagement as well.

  • That is our hope. We know that screen time/virtually learning has created time constraints to focus on the scope and sequence of AP curriculum. Our teachers are doing the best that they can to properly prepare students for the AP exam.

  • 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.

  • We have requested an accommodation for winter sports which will allow for an alternative outside of regular season dates to include contact and competitions if we are unable to participate in WIAA calendar season dates. More information to come the week of January 11th.

  • We are providing in-season regular connections and additionally physical and mental health resources through similar models as class content is being shared.  We have both synchronous and asynchronous resources available to both in-season and out-of-season student athletes.  Coaches are monitoring engagement of student athletes as they would in an in-person model as well.

    Coaches are aware of the mental health concerns and we dedicate much of our programming and connection messaging to coaches to check in on our students, here is the static resources we also have along with the connection options we are able to offer at this time. We recognize the difficulty and look to frame this new model as a positive as they find new ways to overcome adversity, find time for additional passions, learn ways to connect in an increasingly digital world, and work through loss as well.

    How is the athletic department engaging and reaching out to their student athletes? Students that have signed up for athletics at their high schools through the online portal are provided with all of the resources for physical and mental health and in-season athletes are rostered for regular contact during their sport season.

  • We are now allowing limited use of our grounds for families and our students.  Here are the important guidelines:

    • There are to be no organized sports on athletic fields, outdoor courts, playgrounds or at stadiums at this time.

    • Schools grounds are similar to Madison Parks with the exception of any organized athletic programs.

    • Playgrounds will be restricted to daycare and school use when they are operating, similar to when school is in session.

  • The meeting is viewable on MMSD’s YouTube channel and additional information is available on this Google Document statement.

  • With consideration of current metrics, and our responsibility to keep students, staff, and communities safe, MMSD athletics will follow the lead of our current instructional model and continue with athletics virtually at this time. Similar to our instructional model, when COVID-19 conditions improve and metrics support a safe return to our buildings, MMSD will implement plans for a thoughtful and safe return of athletics to an in-person model.

  • We will continue to offer virtual programming to all students for physical and mental health outlets. When in-season for WIAA calendar dates our programs are expected to provide a minimum of 4-5 hours weekly activities while virtual including at least 1-2 hours weekly of live virtual training, athlete check-ins, workouts, along with grade, attendance, engagement, academic support and resources. I know our coaches are finding innovative ways to engage and connect. We will be ready when safely able to return to our venues and gather together.

  • We will continue to look at all options and also gather additional emerging information about residual effects to prepare for safe return to activity when appropriate.

  • Education based athletics is an extension of the classroom so in-person sports will return when we are able to return our students to the classroom safely. I appreciate and share your frustration with the other schools making decisions which do not align with the intent of the public health guidance and ultimately continue to impact our community and the safe return to the classroom for students and in-person sports for student athletes. I encourage all to continue to follow best practices for public health and limit contacts and travel so we can get the metrics in line with a potential safe return to the classroom and athletics.

  • Education based athletics is an extension of the classroom so in-person sports will return when we are able to return our students to the classroom safely. I appreciate and share your frustration with the other schools making decisions which do not align with the intent of the public health guidance and ultimately continue to impact our community and the safe return to the classroom for students and in-person sports for student athletes. I encourage all to continue to follow best practices for public health and limit contacts and travel so we can get the metrics in line with a potential safe return to the classroom and athletics.