How is virtual learning going for you? We want to hear from our MMSD students and families!

Come join us Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. for a special Facebook Live session dedicated to answering your questions about virtual learning. As we wrap up our third week of virtual learning, we want to know what you think and how you feel about online instruction so far. We know that many of our families are feeling uncertain about the school year ahead. We are here for you! This session will feature principals from each grade level and education leaders from the district coming together to answer your questions about attendance, how to access grades and schedules, ways to keep your students engaged and more. 

This session is for you. Tune into the MMSD Facebook page Thursday at 6:00 p.m. If you can't join us on Thursday, this session will be recorded and made available to you on our virtual learning resources site at mmsd.org/virtual. Please stay tuned for this same conversation offered in Spanish for our Latinx families and community. 

Influenza or COVID-19? Receive your FLU (influenza) vaccine today!

Protect yourself from influenza this season! Influenza and COVID-19 symptoms are similar and both will spread this fall and winter. There is no vaccine for coronavirus but there is a vaccine for influenza. Obtaining an influenza vaccine is very effective in protecting against getting the flu. 

Here is what you need to know about the flu season:

Where can I get vaccinated?

  • If you have insurance, call your healthcare provider or an area pharmacy for an appointment.
  • When visiting your healthcare provider, ask them if you can receive the flu shot. Most health care organizations are immunizing with the flu vaccine at any visit unless you are very ill.
  • For children without insurance, have Medical Assistance or BadgerCare, are Native American or Alaska Native, call Public Health Madison Dane County for an appointment at (608) 266-4821.
  • Beginning October 6th, Public Health will be holding a drive through clinic at the Alliant Energy Center for people 6 months of age and older who do not have insurance or have BadgerCare. More details on the PHMDC website.

Symptoms of influenza

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Some may have vomiting or diarrhea

How is influenza spread?
The flu virus is spread through tiny droplets that are made when people who have the flu virus talk, cough or sneeze. These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby. Sometimes flu can be spread through touching a surface or object that has the flu virus then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. People who have the flu virus are contagious beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5-7 days after becoming sick with the most contagious period being 3-4 days after symptoms start.
 
How can I protect myself against the flu?

  • Get vaccinated! The flu vaccine is indicated for everyone 6 months of age and older.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Maintain good health habits by getting plenty of sleep, physical activity, manage stress, drink plenty of water and eat nutritious foods. 

Here is more information on Influenza from the Center for Disease Control.

Zoom safety

We've had great feedback from students, staff and families on the use of Zoom for their virtual instruction running smoothly thus far. Please know that our staff are working hard to make sure that certain security steps are set up to ensure safety for all, such as locking their Zoom room, controlling their screen sharing, monitoring who is in the room and requiring a password. 
 
Having conversations with your student around proper expectations while on video conferencing will help support teachers and staff. The following resources are available to aid in these conversations:

If you need to report an issue, please contact your student's teacher and/or building administrator. 

Did you know you can check your student's attendance through an app?

You can check your student's attendance in Infinite Campus online, but if you prefer to check from your phone, there is a handy Infinite Campus mobile app: Campus Parent. The app will notify you in real time when your student is absent from or late to class. Here's how to add the IC app to your phone. Note: you may wish to disable real time notifications, as they may not work accurately due to the asynchronous nature of some virtual learning.