District: 5 days a week in-person in 2021-22

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Superintendent Dana Monogue reminded families the District's plan for the 2021-22 school year is to be open for in-person instruction five days a week along offering a virtual option for those students and families who prefer that method.

She made those remarks at the Board of Education regular meeting at Kromrey Middle School on Monday, April 12. The School Board's agenda setting committee also discussed five days a week of in-person instruction for the next school year on Monday night.

Monogue also noted the District continues to update daily its COVID-19 Dashboard on the District website and that no staff and two students are currently in isolation. She added health experts Dr. Ellen Wald and Dr. Sabrina Butteris will join the School Board for its meeting on April 26.

Monogue recognized Elm Lawn principal Bob Schell, who will be resigning after the school year to become the principal at St. Maria Goretti in Madison.

Finally, she announced the District found out last week it will likely receive ESSER 3 funds but the amount isn't determined. The plan is to use the funds to support the academic needs of MCPASD's youngest students, mental health needs, and technology. She noted the Board will receive an update when the District has more information.

Meanwhile, five residents addressed members during citizen comments. One spoke in-person and requested that high school students return to the building full-time. Four spoke virtually, with three requesting the members vote against the school resource officer recommendations on April 26, while another asked them to reconsider its vote in March to bring back middle schoolers four days a week starting May 3.

Board president Annette Ashley reviewed the written comments the Board had received, noting two residents had concerns about the District Services Center remodel plan, three had questions about summer school planning, three wanted students to return to school five days a week this year and a handful offered opinions on the SRO program.

Ashley also noted the Dane County Equity Consortium will offer training for area School Board members over the next few weeks.

You can view the School Board meeting on April 12 on the District's YouTube Channel: