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MMSD is excited to provide a virtual learning option for students in 6th through 12th grades for the 2021-2022 school year! The application window is July 12 through August 6; students will need to complete an online form and answer several essay questions. Are you interested in learning more? We are offering virtual information sessions, visit Madison Promise to sign up for a session or begin the Application process.

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to Principal Tran and all the wonderful teachers and staff at BRMS! You are all the best and we are so grateful for the work you do.

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Betty has been an incredible teacher! In addition to having a creative approach to teaching history, her commitment to our child has meant so much to us. It's been such a hard year on so many kids who don't learn well virtually, and she made it possible for our student to learn and to work at a pace that fits him best. We are very grateful!

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We are so grateful for Mr. Burkel's above-and-beyond efforts to keep our kids engaged with music this year! From home delivery of recorders and drums to innovative virtual ways to teach rhythm, melody and music history, he has made music a major, and wonderful, part of our weird school year. Thank you!

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Ms. Buss has been incredible this year. We can't believe we have a flute player in our house - even though she's never spent a single minute with anyone teaching her in person! Our daughter looks forward to band each week and is motivated and prepared and can't wait to do band "for real in-person" next year! Thanks so much!

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Dear MMSD Families, 
 

Thank you for your continued collaboration, patience, and support as we have navigated the COVID-19 global health pandemic together. We hope you have found time to make new memories this summer as the excitement of a new school year fast approaches. 
 

On June 10, we announced our full return to in-person instruction, five days per week, for the 2021-2022 school year, and are offering middle and high school students virtual learning options through Madison Promise. Our work preparing for the new school year has been grounded in serving the needs of our students. A significant part of this work was the development of our 2021-2022 COVID-19 safety plan, which I am sharing with you today.  
 

Key universal practices in the MMSD COVID-19 Safety Plan include:

  • Requiring masks for students and staff while inside school buildings and traveling on buses

  • Not requiring masks during outdoor activities or while eating or drinking

  • Maintaining a minimum three feet of physical distancing (when possible) for all individuals

  • Scheduling cleaning of district buildings throughout the day

  • Following practices of proper handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and monitoring symptoms

  • Continuing our collaboration with state and local health experts, and reviewing Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidance in alignment with our planning
     

We are excited to team up with families again to carry our collective momentum forward, and into the new school year. As such, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with all aspects of our MMSD COVID-19 Safety Plan. Additionally, in the upcoming days, we will be providing safety information on our full return to athletics and co-curriculars this fall. 
 

Now, I’d like to share more about the health experts’ recommendations of requiring masks inside of our buildings - even for those who are vaccinated. The CDC, AAP, and local health experts continue to recommend masks as an effective tool for schools to keep COVID-19 metrics down; allow us to be physically together; and provide opportunities for safe, engaging, and equitable in-person learning experiences for students. 
 

During in-person learning last spring, we followed the science (and the guidance) to ensure we kept students safe as they connected with friends, teachers, and staff. Together, we have made great progress, nevertheless now is not a time for complacency. We must continue to be diligent in following the guidance of health experts, and practicing safety protocols, in order to provide safe, healthy in-person learning environments for our students. 
 

Additionally, we would like to remind you of the free COVID-19 vaccines currently available for everyone age 12 and older. These vaccines have proven to be highly safe and effective. To optimize the safety of students, staff, and families, we encourage you to consider having all eligible members of your family vaccinated. Please visit the How to Get Vaccinated webpage for more information.
 

If you have questions about the start of school, please contact your school principal or connect with us through the Let’s Talk platform found on the district website. Thank you for your continued support and partnership, and we look forward to a safe, productive school year.
 

In closing, we are grateful for the support of our local health experts, and are sharing (below) a few statements from our health experts and partners. To read additional reflections, please visit our website.

 

Sincerely, 

 

 

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Superintendent
Madison Metropolitan School District

 

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MMSD is excited to provide a virtual learning option for students in 6th through 12th grades for the 2021-2022 school year! The application window is July 12 through August 6; students will need to complete an online form and answer several essay questions. Are you interested in learning more? We are offering virtual information sessions, visit Madison Promise to sign up for a session or begin the Application process.

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The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Citizens’ Renaming Committee occured on Wednesday, July 7, at 5 p.m. This is the initial meeting orienting the members to the process, the proposed names, and public feedback to date.

All the information is available to the public via BoardDocs. 

Public input will continue through this web page. Future meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee will also include virtual public appearances on the agenda as the work progresses. The Board of Education policy allows for three-minute statements for those who register ½ hour prior to meetings where public appearances are on the agenda. This is not a dialogue but an opportunity for anyone who registers to make a three-minute statement.

Offer your feedback and see the status of the process.