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Dear Midvale-Lincoln Families,

We want to start by thanking you for your patience as we, at both the district and school level, iron out details related to instruction this fall. There will be more information coming in the weeks ahead, but we wanted to share what we know so far.

Instructional Design K-5:

  • All instruction will be online, through at least October 30th.

  • The first day of school is September 8th, the second day, September 9th will be all asynchronous (self-guided, no live teacher instruction)

  • Instruction will be more robust than it was during the school closures last spring.

  • The schedule will run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays - with Wednesdays consisting entirely of independent work and recorded instruction.

  • Teachers will be using a platform called SeeSaw (rather than Google Classroom). Other schools used it exclusively last spring and thought it was more user-friendly for both families and teachers. We will also be using Zoom again.

  • There will be more synchronous (live) instruction, including whole-group daily literacy and math blocks of about 15 minutes each. There will also be morning meetings that are live, as well as about 60 minutes of synchronous science and social studies weekly. Kids will also be pulled into small groups for instruction in core content. Essential arts (music, PE, art) will be provided in both live and recorded formats.

  • We will be making asynchronous (recorded) lessons available for families and students for whom the schedule doesn't work, so that if a family needed to access everything (or certain parts), for example, in the evening, they could do so. 

  • Independent work, like Lexia, written responses, and math work, will be part of the day as well.

  • The schedule for all of this is what we are working on now - balancing the realities of families navigating student schedules with using our teaching staff to maximum capacity. Teachers will be on contract from 8:00-3:30 daily and these live lessons would be scheduled within that time. 

4K:

  • 4K students will have approximately 60 minutes of synchronous (live) instruction throughout the week (no live instruction on Wednesdays).

  • Students won’t be on the computer for more than 10-20 minutes at a time.

  • Teachers will engage with students and their families with morning meetings, read alouds, math, and literacy activities.

  • There will also be asynchronous (recorded) content that students and families can choose to do anytime. Some of this will be on the computer and some will be off.

  • We are still waiting to hear if 4K students will be able to get Chromebooks. It sounds like if they are offered, they will only be for students who do not already have access to a device in their home.

  • 4K teachers will be reaching out to families in the two weeks before school starts.

Technology:

  • All K-5 students can be given a Chromebook to support virtual learning.

  • If your family does not have access to wifi, there are hotspots available through the district.

  • Midvale-Lincoln staff will be reaching out to families directly in the two weeks prior to the start of school and helping identify technology needs. 

Childcare:

  • MSCR is providing full-day childcare options at Midvale and Lincoln this fall. These programs intend to support students with virtual learning as part of their day.

  • MSCR programs will be following strict safety protocols.

  • Funding is available for many families.

  • MSCR program information can be found here. Registration forms can be found here: English and Spanish.

Communication:

  • We encourage you to pay close attention to information sent to you from MMSD in the weeks ahead.

  • We, too, will continue to update you as plans are confirmed.

  • In the next couple weeks, we will be emailing you directly about your child’s teacher for fall. One thing to know is that our teaching teams will be working more closely than ever to support your students. You should expect that your child will be receiving instruction from several adults, through both recorded and live lessons. However, you will have one teacher who is your and your child’s primary contact. Our teachers are dedicated to developing strong and trusting relationships with your student, even in this virtual environment.

More details will be coming, including those specific to students with disabilities, students learning English, and students who are identified as advanced learners. As parents ourselves, we do understand the challenges in having routines so disrupted and so much uncertainty. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these new waters.

In the coming weeks and months, we want you to know that your child’s safety and emotional wellbeing are of tremendous importance to us. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions and we will work to get them answered. 

Warmly,

Becky Galvan, rjgalvan@madison.k12.wi.us (Midvale)

Deb Hoffman, dahoffman@madison.k12.wi.us (Lincoln)