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Madison schools to remain virtual until COVID conditions improve


The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) announced its plan to start the third quarter of the 2020-2021 school year in an all-virtual learning environment at all grade levels in a press release Friday.

According to the press release, if at any time conditions for bringing students and staff back safely improve, MMSD will execute a plan to safely return students to in-person learning in a phased approach, starting with the earliest learners and bringing grade levels back in two week increments, “with the hopes of bringing back all students when the conditions permit.”

The school district did not specify any metrics that would trigger a return to in-person instruction.

“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 a statement.  “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.”