Madison schools to begin school year virtually

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison Metropolitan School District will begin its school year with all virtual learning, the district announced in a press release Friday morning.

"MMSD will continue its planning for a return to in-person learning as soon as it is determined to be safe for students and staff to do so," said Belmore. "Recognizing this is a community effort, we will be providing as much advance notice to families as possible so that they can plan accordingly for things like childcare and work schedules."

Belmore said the district's analysis of public health data amid a surge in Dane County COVID-19 cases "has left us with limited options."

The school district prepared three plans for how to begin the school year: all-virtual, in-person and mix between the two. The district will make decisions on a quarterly basis as to how to move between the three plans.

Belmore said she hoped to give families two to three weeks of advance notice prior to making any changes at the start of each school quarter. The superintendent said she also hoped conditions would improve enough "to return in some capacity" on Nov. 3.

The union representing MMSD educators, Madison Teachers Incorporated,pushed the district to begin the year with an all-virtual model.

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