Dear Families,

Thanks for your patience as we work through the events that have been occurring and planning for what lies ahead. We hope you and your family are staying well, and we know that many of you are looking forward to a Virtual Learning experience for your child. 

We want to share some important information with all of you as we prepare to transition to Virtual Learning. While we do not know how long our buildings will be closed, we want to be prepared for 4K-12 MMSD Virtual Learning for as long as it is necessary.  

We are currently planning for virtual professional learning and planning time for all 4K-12 teachers and staff the week of 3/30-4/3 with an anticipated start date for students on Monday, April 6th. We will also be gathering student devices from buildings and preparing for times when families of students in grades k-4 can pick up a district device in a “grab and go” format that still reinforces social distancing.  As we continue to work on our plan to transition to Virtual Learning, it will be a requirement that all students have access to Google Education.

Please know that early next week we will be updating you on a plan from Student Services that provides students with disabilities access to the regular education curriculum, and to the extent possible, provide specially designed instruction to meet IEP goals and practices in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Additionally, in preparation for this transition a survey will be sent to families on Monday, March 23 asking about their access to both digital devices and the internet. It is critical that families respond to this survey so that we are able to support our families during this time.

In the days ahead, we will be providing you information that will help you make the transition to a Virtual Learning environment as easy as possible. This information will also be posted at mmsd.org/COVID19, located on the MMSD website, when it is available. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. The MMSD team continues to work around the clock to prepare for the transition to Virtual Learning and to further plan and prepare other challenges that lie ahead.  It has been a complex path to navigate, and we all have some distance to go, and I want you to know how much we appreciate all the support you have shown us along the way. Take care of yourselves and I hope you have a peaceful weekend.

Sincerely,

Jane Belmore

Interim Superintendent