Governor orders schools to remain closed

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Governor Evers announced on Thursday, April 16 that all public and private K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

The announcement means that we will continue with online instruction through the end of the school year, Director of Communications Perry Hibner said. The District began virtual learning for all students on April 1.

District staff and families were emailed about the announcement on Thursday afternoon, Hibner said.

"We know our students and families will have lots of questions about what that means for events that typically take place in April or May,'' he said. "In some cases, we will need to cancel those events.''

Hibner did note discussions have already taken place with principals about rescheduling visitation days for students who are transitioning to a new level. He said the District hopes to have them in August. Building principals will be sharing more information, he said.

The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will now take place on Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Breitenbach Stadium and the rain date will be July 26 at the same time, Hibner said. The ceremony had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 31 at the Alliant Energy Center. More details will be provided in the coming weeks as the District learns more about if restrictions will be eased regarding social distancing and the number of people allowed to attend gatherings, Hibner added.

"This spring has come with many unexpected challenges for our entire MCPASD community, along with districts in Wisconsin and across the entire United States,'' Hibner said. "The COVID-19 situation has been an incredibly difficult situation that has led to the need for creative thinking and significant changes to how we continue the learning process.

"We know that the cancellation or postponement of spring sports, concerts, theater performances and other events has been frustrating to our students and families. Please know that it is normal to feel upset. Quite frankly, we feel the same way.''