The Board of Education voted on September, 28 that all 4K-12th grade students will continue with virtual instruction until Public Health Madison Dane County metrics are met. If that doesn’t happen before the December 7 regular meeting, the School Board will consider moving to a blended instructional model for the second semester, which starts in mid-January.
The School Board requested that the District continue to follow guidance from PHMDC. Based on the guidance that was released in August, the following metrics would need to be met before students in those grades could return to school buildings:
Grades K-2: Dane County must be at or below a 14-day average of 54 cases per day for 4 consecutive weeks (2-week average was 131 on Sept. 28).
Grades 3-5: Dane County must be at or below a 14-day average of 39 cases per day for 4 consecutive weeks.
Grades 6-12: Dane County must be at or below a 14-day average of 19 cases per day for 4 consecutive weeks.
MCPASD has decided that fifth-graders will return to the middle schools when PHMDC guidance allows grades 6-12 to do so as well.
When schools open, we will allow families of elementary students to switch instructional models if they desire. This will replace our earlier announcement that potential instructional model switches would occur at the end of trimesters. We will allow families of secondary students to switch models between semesters, if schools are open at that point.
The District plans to implement a blended model when students return to school buildings. The blended model would have 50 percent of students in the Universal instructional model attending school inperson on Monday-Tuesday and the other half attending school in-person on Thursday-Friday. Students would learn virtually on the days they aren’t in buildings. We would continue to use Wednesdays as independent learning days for all students.
Detailed information is available in the Fall Planning Guide.
More information on Covid-19 data can be found on the Covid-19 Dashboard.