Welcome back letter from Superintendent Holzman

Welcome back letter from Superintendent Holzman
Posted on 08/25/2021
Superintendent Holzman

Dear MPSD Families and Staff, 

We have had a busy summer engaging and enriching our students with Summer School opportunities, expanding our teachers’ expertise with professional development, and welcoming our new staff at orientation last week (learn more about our new staff on our website and Facebook page). Now we are excited to welcome back our students on Monday, August 30! 

The Manitowoc Public School District will be offering two learning models for all grades 4K-12 in the 2021-2022 school year:  full in-person instruction in our MPSD schools and virtual instruction through our new McKinley Academy virtual charter school

We have been closely monitoring district COVID-19 data and will make changes to our health-related protocols as needed (see our COVID-19 protocols here). In order to continue to provide five-day in-person instruction in our classrooms, MPSD will be requiring all students, staff and visitors to wear masks when inside our schools and buildings starting on August 25, 2021. The district will also follow the federal mandate requiring mask-wearing on school buses. 

The community burden rate, which is the number of positive cases per 100,000 Manitowoc County residents, is higher now than it was at the same time last year (221 vs 132), when we started the 2020-2021 school year with a blended learning model combining in-person and at home instruction.  

I know that many of you, like me, have grown weary of wearing masks, especially if we have been vaccinated. But we are wearing masks indoors to help keep our students and staff safe. Amid rising numbers, federal, state, county and local health officials are recommending face coverings as a critical step to stem the spread of especially the more contagious Delta variant of the virus.

Vaccinations also remain a key mitigation measure. Vaccines are available at Prevea Health, Holy Family Memorial and Aurora Medical Center, as well as area pharmacies including Walgreens, CVS, Meijer and Pick n’ Save. MPSD will continue to follow safety and mitigation measures, monitor data and meet with health officials and other school districts across the county to share and implement best practices.

MPSD cares deeply about our students, our families and our community - and we are committed to do all we can to keep you safe and healthy. 

Let’s make 2021-2022 a great year of learning and growing for all students. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your teachers, principals or me with any questions or concerns. I encourage you to get involved in your school, and I look forward to seeing you in class, on the field and in the community. Be well and we’ll see students on Monday!

With MPSD pride,

Mark Holzman

MPSD Superintendent
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