MADISON, Wis.— All students will return to in-person learning in Madison on Monday, Jan. 10, the Madison Metropolitan School District announced Thursday. 

The reopening comes after a weeklong delay in returning from MMSD's winter break. 

MMSD officials attributed the delay to rising COVID-19 cases in the area. Officials said this led to staffing shortages throughout MMSD schools. They also lacked testing and protective equipment. MMSD said this past week it has secured additional PPE and tests.

“We recognize this week has affected our scholars, families and staff in many ways,” said superintendent, Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins. “ We appreciate our school community's patience and understanding. Although we prefer our scholars to be connecting in-person with teachers and staff while learning in our classrooms, this necessary pause strengthened our ability to sustain remaining open safely.” 

MMSD Board of Education held a meeting regarding the decision on Wednesday night that included district leadership, school families, school staff and medical advisors. 

MMSD said they are encouraging students to get tested for COVID-19 before coming back to school properties on Monday morning. 

MMSD said families can expect school or classroom closures again, should the coronavirus cause another staffing shortage.


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