Temporarily Opt In to Voluntary Remote Learning

When selecting the learning location for their child(ren), Madison Public Schools families should take the following into consideration:

There are requirements and limitations that exist under the district’s planned voluntary remote learning program.

  • Families choosing remote learning for their child(ren) do so with the understanding that students are engaging in a full day of classes for the full range of class offerings (core and related arts). Classes are not offered in an “a la carte” model. Partial days cannot be accommodated. 
  • Curriculum and instructional practices are unique to each course; therefore, some courses and activities will be able to be delivered in a remote, virtual setting while others might not. 
  • Opting into temporary remote educational programming may mean access to certain classes or activities is not possible from a health and safety and planning perspective.
  • The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) will be providing further guidance regarding special education students who voluntarily opt into remote learning.

Parents and families are expected to fulfill specific obligations if their child(ren) participates in the distance learning program:

  • Families continue to have a legal obligation to engage in public school education unless the children are receiving equivalent instruction elsewhere.
  • Students opting to temporarily participate in remote learning remain enrolled in the school they otherwise would have attended, unless the families determine they will fully pursue homeschooling or another mode of education and withdraw their children.
  • Parents are expected to supervise and engage their children to fully and effectively access the remote learning program in collaboration with MPS teachers. 
  • Families provide permission for live virtual consent
  • Students are held accountable for adherence to all handbooks, policies, and school Code of Conduct.
  • Students would attend live sessions and complete work and assessments in Google Classroom.

The nature of the voluntary remote learning model may not directly align with the instructional hours of the in-person learning model. 

  • The remote learning programming is temporary and it may not be available the full year.
  • Students participating in the remote learning model will be expected to attend live sessions based on a communicated schedule and be actively involved in those live sessions. Classes will not be live streamed all day or for an entire class period, but rather will be live in accordance with a communicated schedule.
  • The district is required to track attendance on a daily basis for students who opt in to remote learning. Student engagement in live sessions, as indicated by engagement in activities and in-class participation will factor into their attendance for the class.
  • Students will be required to complete all tasks and assessments.
  • Students will be expected to access statewide assessments in-person, unless the assessments are available remotely.
  • Students will transition back into in-person classes after this temporary remote learning option is no longer available.

In selecting voluntary remote learning, please recognize that this may be temporary and may not be available for the full year, subject to changing conditions. This is not the same as the district requiring all students to remain home for safety purposes while engaging in distance learning.

  • For the health and safety of students resuming in-person classes and the school community, parents must give the district one week’s notice before students change their learning location.
  • In order to participate in athletics and co-curricular activities being held on campus, students must attend live in-person school sessions.
  • Students are unable to voluntarily select remote learning for some classes and in-person learning for other classes. 
  • Students will alter schedules along with in-person students as indicated by a shift into a school/district Distance Learning model.

Should public health data support a changed approach (either moving to a full in-person model or full distance learning model), the policy directives from CSDE related to the provision of optional remote learning may change to determine there is no longer a need for this temporary option