MMSD plans to return to in-person learning, 5 days a week this fall

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Metropolitan School District plans to return to in-person learning, five-days a week for the 2021-2022 school year.

District leaders made the announcement late Thursday afternoon. They say a virtual option will still be available to students.

“The full reopening of schools is a day the entire community has been waiting for,” said Carlton D. Jenkins, Superintendent. “It has always been our preference to have all students learning in-person, connecting face to face with teachers and classmates, and benefiting from learning in a classroom environment.”

Administrators are in the process of finalizing the district’s mask policy and other safety protocols for the fall. They will update parents on these policies in a few weeks.

District spokesperson Tim LeMonds said guidance could change over the summer because of the pandemic’s unpredictability.

“We are just focused on doing what’s right for our students, what’s safest for our students, families, and staff, and that is why we rely so heavily on the experts,” LeMonds said.

The district announced an all virtual start to the current school year last summer.

It began a phased return to in-person learning this spring. Kindergarten students were the first to return on March 9, while other grade levels transitioned back on a weekly basis through the end of April. Most middle and high school students attended two full days in-person and had two full days of virtual education. Grade school students typically had four full days of in-person instruction.