Students in the Madison School District at all levels will begin the new semester with e-learning at the end of next week – adding three days to winter vacation – amid record levels of COVID-19 cases in the Dane County, the district said Thursday.
The students were to return to class on Monday. But after meeting with health experts, school officials delayed returning from winter vacation and moved classes online with instructions to start Thursday, the district said in a statement. All district staff “will return to their workspaces, schedules and routines” on Monday, the district said.
In a statement to the families, Superintendent Carlton Jenkins said students participating in after-school activities should get tested before returning, but did not indicate that sports or other activities would be canceled.
Jenkins said additional information, including updates to the district’s food services and after-school programs, will arrive in the coming days. District spokesman Tim LeMonds declined a request for comment, referring questions to an online press conference scheduled for Friday.
Madison School Board is hosting a workshop meeting regarding e-learning at 12:30 p.m. Friday, which will be broadcast via YouTube.
District officials will continue to plan for a possible transition to in-person learning, but have not specified how many cases of COVID-19 will need to decrease for this to occur.