Dear MGHS Families,
Later today, the Badger Conference--of which the Monona Grove School District is a member--will announce that the conference schedule for winter sports has been suspended. This unanimous decision was made since not all member schools are able to participate fully in conference contests due to local public health guidelines. Please see the attached official Badger Conference Statement for more details.
The Badger Conference spans 7 counties; here in Dane County, our public health department has ordered that no competitions in medium-and high-risk sports may take place. We are legally obligated to follow these orders and requirements. In addition to not allowing for competitions, these requirements state that practices for all sports (low-, medium- and high-risk) are only allowed if the 6-feet physical distancing requirements are being maintained and are subject to mass gathering rules (10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors).
We realize that our current situation has been extremely challenging for many. The health and safety of our students, coaches, game workers, fans, officials, and community is our number one priority. Many of our activities are offering virtual options at this time. Information that was shared during the Virtual Activities Fair on 9/30 can be found here. We continue to monitor and evaluate the current conditions and how we might be able to meet the needs of our students and community.
Dear MGHS Families,
Now that our school year has started, we wanted to share some information related to our extra-curricular offerings. We are fortunate at Monona Grove to offer our students opportunities in Fine Arts, Activities and Athletics.
As of now, Public Health Madison Dane County has ordered that no competitions in medium-and high-risk sports may take place. Monona Grove extra-curriculars are aligned to our academic decisions and therefore will not have any in-person instruction or training in our facilities at this time. When it is determined safe, through Public Health and other considerations, we will work to resume student opportunities in our extra-curricular programs.
Although we are currently unable to meet in person, there will be virtual opportunities for some of our extra-curricular activities to start off the year. More information about these offerings will be shared at the Virtual Activity Fair on Wednesday, September 30.
The WIAA recently approved an alternative calendar for sport schedules for the 20-21 school year, to accommodate schools that are unable to participate this fall due to COVID-19 guidelines. Attached is a list of new start and end dates for all sports for the 20-21 school year, as well as the dates for online registration for each season. These schedules are pending updates from Public Health Madison Dane County.
As in the past couple of years, registration for sports will be through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Registration and physical forms will be required before beginning practice, as usual. For the 20-21 school year, physicals should be on/after 4/1/19.
As a result of COVID-19 protocols, it has been difficult for some families to schedule physicals. If you are unable to schedule a physical before the start of your season, the WIAA is temporarily allowing an extension form. If the physical on file with the office is dated prior to 4/1/19, please submit either your physical form or the physical extension form before the first day of practice. Questions can be directed to Nicole Dunbar at email@example.com.
I hope this finds you and your family doing well. On Tuesday, July 28th, the school district communicated to families that first-quarter instruction during the 2020-21 school year will be delivered through the virtual learning model. The district will continue to work with Public Health Madison & Dane County to monitor countywide health metrics and other considerations to determine our best option for the second quarter and second semester of the 2020-21 school year. In addition, Public Health Madison Dane County has ordered that no competitions in medium-and high-risk sports may take place. Monona Grove Athletics and Activities are aligned to our academic decisions and therefore will not have any in-person instruction or training in our facilities at this time. When it is determined safe, through Public Health and other considerations, we will work to resume student opportunities in our extra-curricular programs.
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) met on Thursday, July 23, to discuss what athletics would look like this fall and throughout the year in the state of Wisconsin. They determined that WIAA will work on opportunities for schools and conferences that cannot play sports in the fall. The WIAA board of control is scheduled to meet on August 14 and we hope to have more clear information on what these opportunities will look like following this meeting.
The Badger Conference is made up of 16 schools that represent 7 counties. Although the majority of the conference schools are in Dane County, all schools will follow their county guidelines for participation allowances. We will look to provide opportunities going forward through whatever means are available based on WIAA guidance for fall sports and reflective of our instructional delivery model and public health guidance. As the WIAA works through a plan, the athletic/activities office will continue to work with the WIAA and the Badger Conference to provide any feedback we can. Once we have a better understanding of what the WIAA plan looks like, we will reach out to students and parents to provide an update.
What lies ahead is not easy for any of us and has been extremely challenging for our students, parents and coaches. We all understand the importance athletics and activities play in the health and wellbeing of every student's life. Time without student participation, competition, fanfare and community support will be missed greatly. We remain committed to the safety of our students and will work to connect them with experiences in and out of the classroom. Our entire staff will grow through this experience and in the end it will be the creativity and connections we were able to share with our students that will continue to build on the pride and traditions in the Monona Grove School District.