MMSD opens virtual learning option for elementary school students due to delta variant

MADISON, Wis. — With the first day of classes of the new school year about a week away, the Madison Metropolitan school district says it is opening up a virtual learning option for elementary school-aged children due to concerns over the delta variant of COVID-19.

While the district is still planning on in-person instruction five days per week, they are now offering the virtual option for any student between 4K and 5th grade.

Officials say the decision was made to open up the virtual option as delta variant cases continue to rise and children under the age of 12 are still not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Parents who are interested in the virtual option for their kids need to fill out an interest form by noon on Monday, August 30th. The district is planning to notify families by the next day — Tuesday, August 31st — if their child will be enrolled in the elementary virtual program.

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Those who enter into the virtual program will need to commit to it for the entire first semester, the district says.

Students in 4K will participate in “age-appropriate” learning for 3.5 hours per day, and will include a mix of live and recorded instruction. Kindergarten through 5th grade students in the program will have live instruction for math, science, language arts and science and recorded instruction for specials (including music, art, and PE) for 3.5 hours per day. Students will also have small group instructional time and the virtual programs will follow the same scope and sequence of instruction as in-person programs.

The district is offering more information on the 4K-5 virtual program on its website.

You can find the interest form here.

The announcement comes a day after the district announced several schools would see their daily start and release times change due to a shortage of bus drivers.