Madison Schools announce all-virtual start to second semester

MMSD is leaving open the option for in-person learning if conditions improve

MADISON, Wis. — Madison students will continue with virtual learning for the start of the second semester.

The Madison Metropolitan School District sent out a statement announcing the decision to remain all virtual at 8 a.m. on Friday. District leaders will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. to further discuss their decision.

“After weeks of careful analysis, consultation with health experts, and close consideration of a recent decline in local cases, the metrics still do not support a safe return to school buildings at this time,” the statement read.

Shortly after the announcement, Madison teachers union MTI released their own statement supporting the decision.

There are plans in place to bring students back in a phased approach once conditions improve, according to the district. MMSD will bring a group of students back into the classroom every two weeks, starting with the youngest grades.

“Knowing how virtual learning impacts a number of our students has made each one of these decisions incredibly difficult. It has always been our preference to have students learning in-person in the classroom, ” Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins said in the release.

“It is also our ultimate responsibility to ensure when we do return to our school buildings for in-person instruction, it will be done in the safest way possible with metrics supporting a safe return.”

Read the full statement here.

News 3 Now will update this article once more information about the decision is shared. We will also carry the news conference with MMSD district leaders online and on social media.