District to survey familes on 2020-21 options

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The District sent out a survey on Monday, June 22 asking families to answer a handful of questions to better understand their willingness and concerns regarding having children return to school buildings for the 2020-21 school year.

The online survey is available in English and Spanish and should take 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. 

It is not anonymous as it is important for the District to have an idea about transportation should in-person instruction be available, Director of Communications Perry Hibner said.

"This survey will give us a better idea about what our families are thinking,'' Hibner said. "We have heard from some who want all in-person instruction, while others have been just as adamant that virtual learning continue.''

This is the first of two surveys the District will provide for families. The information provided in this survey will be shared with the fall scenario planning teams that are currently putting together in-person, virtual and blended options for the 2020-21 school year.

A second survey of parents will take place after the Board of Education approves the plan for the 2020-21 school year on July 20. That survey will give the District a better idea which families plan to keep their children home regardless of what option is selected, what changes the District may need to make regarding busing, and what protocols need to be put in place for those students whose families want an in-person experience, Hibner said.

Hibner noted no decisions about the fall have been made by MCPASD. He also said it appears most Dane County districts also plan to wait until mid-July to make a decision.

At the time the survey was developed, school districts had not yet received requirements or recommendations from Public Health Madison & Dane County with regards to Phase 3 of the Forward Dane Plan -- the phase of the plan we will likely be in in late July and August, Hibner added. He noted state districts are expecting to receive guidance about planning for the 2020-21 school year from Public Health Madison & Dane County and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction before the end of June.

Paper copies of the survey will be available in English and Spanish at the nine meal distribution sites across the District, Hibner said. The paper copy includes a QR code for anyone who wishes to scan it with their smartphone and take the survey that way. Anyone who completes a paper copy may return it to the meal distribution site and staff will collect or they can mail it to Perry Hibner, District Services Center, 7106 South Ave., Middleton, WI 53562. Paper copies in English and Spanish can also be found on the District's COVID-19 Information & Updates page.

The District closed its buildings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year starting on Monday, March 16 due to COVID-19. The District began virtual learning for 7,500-plus 4K-12th-grade students on Wednesday, April 1.