MMSD superintendent tests positive for COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. — Dr. Carlton Jenkins, superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing minor symptoms, according to a statement from the district.

Jenkins said he’ll be isolating and following health precautions at home while he recovers.

“Although safety protocols in our community continue to be relaxed, this serves as a reminder of how this virus is still very much in our community,” Jenkins’ statement reads. “Therefore, I want to continue to raise the awareness of our students, families, and community on the importance of being fully vaccinated and wearing a mask when it is appropriate.”

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Read Jenkins’ full statement below:

Dear MMSD Community,

I hope all of you had a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Today, I feel it is important to inform our school community about my testing positive for COVID-19. Although my symptoms are currently minor, in the upcoming days I will be prioritizing my health and family.

Therefore, I will be completing my isolation period, and following all current protocols, entirely at home. Further, these protocols include quarantining for at least five days, or until I am no longer symptomatic, followed by wearing a mask for the next six to ten days. During my quarantine period, I will be taking advantage of remote options to continue working as your Superintendent.

Although safety protocols in our community continue to be relaxed, this serves as a reminder of how this virus is still very much in our community. Therefore, I want to continue to raise the awareness of our students, families, and community on the importance of being fully vaccinated and wearing a mask when it is appropriate.

Finally, I want to thank all those who have reached out, including our Board of Education, who expressed their support and wishes for a fast and complete recovery.

Sincerely,

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D., Superintendent