Middleton, Verona parents plan Monday protests in favor of in-person learning

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MIDDLETON, Wis. — Parents at Verona High School and in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District are planning separate protests Monday in favor of returning to in-person learning next semester.

A peaceful protest to reopen schools for in-person learning has been scheduled by the Bring Kids Back Verona Area Schools Facebook page. Organizers said they plan to protest Monday night at the district’s next board meeting.

A rally is also scheduled to start at Middleton High School on Monday at 1 p.m. as students, parents and community members are planning to walk to the MCPASD administration building on Park Lawn Place. Organizers told News 3 Now there will be no gathering or speeches scheduled for safety concerns, and face coverings and social distancing will be required.

Along with the protest, more than 200 people have signed on to an open letter to MCPASD’s school board making several requests of the upcoming spring semester. Those requests include the MCPASD Superintendent developing a plan with a timeline giving an option for all grades to return to in-person instruction by the end of next February, as well as asking the board to work with Public Health Madison and Dane County to revise their guidance around distancing that allows a full-day, full-week return to schools for all grades.

“We accepted the loss of the Spring 2020 semester because we were instructed to do our best to flatten the curve,” the open letter reads. “We expected school districts to work throughout the summer to plan for bringing children back into schools safely in September. Those of us in the MCPASD even accepted fully virtual learning for the Fall 2020 semester based on PHMDC data. Now, though, is the time to reopen schools, knowing what we do now about Covid-19’s spread and lethality.”

A spokesperson for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District told News 3 Now that the district is aware of Monday’s scheduled rally, but said it has no comment on it at this time.