COVID-19 // Uncategorized // February 20th, 2021

MTI’s Framework for Phased Reentry: Updated March 11, 2021

MTI membership presents this list of items for MMSD Superintendent Dr. Jenkin’s consideration. We submit that these items and concerns need to be addressed to further ensure a safe Phased Reentry for all students, families, and staff. We are committed to build a stronger sense of unity and trust across the MMSD School Community, eliminating the intentional, and antiquated racial and social disparities existing in our City. We are prepared to engage in Collaborative Problem Solving with MMSD administration and any other groups necessary to accomplish our shared vision around safety
and equity.

MTI Statement on Continuation of Virtual Learning for Third Quarter 


MMSD Reopening Plan

WI Dept. of Health Services Vaccine Information

MTI has been advocating at all levels for every staff person to get the vaccine with a priority on those currently working in person. Dr. Jenkins and MMSD agrees on this as well.

New groups of people will be eligible for the #COVID19_WI vaccine tentatively beginning March 1.

Online Covid-19 Resources

MMSD COVID19 UpdatesDane County Public HealthCDC: Ways to Manage Stress & Anxiety
MTI Covid FAQGovernor Evers Covid-19 WebsiteUS Department of Education - Impact of Covid on Testing and Accountability
MTI Virtual Learning FAQDPI School Closures FAQVolunteer Your Time
Apply for Unemployment CompensationUnemployment FAQAFL-CIO Survival Guide to Unemployment
Dane County Job CenterCall 2-1-1 for assistanceUnemployment Benefits for School Year Employees

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On March 27, 2020 the $2-trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law. The bill is a good start and, while not perfect, does address many needs of our students, educators, and schools. It is intended to help stabilize workers, families, and the economy during the COVID-19 public health crisis and is the third relief package Congress has passed during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Education Association (NEA) is also advocating for additional stimulus funds in a fourth package.

CARES Act - One Time PaymentCARES Act - Student Loans FAQCARES Act - Unemployment Insurance FAQ
CARES Act - ESSA Waivers FAQ3-26-20 Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Leave of Absence and Pay Options for MMSD Employees

Report Workplace Safety Concerns

Students are at the center of everything that we do. If you are working “in person” with students and you witness COVID-19 safety violations established by MMSD, we encourage you to contact MTI and your site supervisor immediately.  If you see something, say something. We are all working under unique circumstances and are only human. Kindly remind coworkers to put on their mask and let’s maintain clean and safe work environments together.  Report Unsafe Workplace Conditions here.

United Way Information for Help, to Donate or to Volunteer

Contacting MTI during School Closures

In order to help us expedite the high volume of questions while working remotely, we encourage MTI members to:

  1. Visit the online resources listed on MTI’s website.
  2. If you still have questions/concerns, send them to MTI staff and leadership at
  3. For urgent matters, contact MTI directly at (608) 257-0491 for assistance.
  4. While MTI Offices will be closed to members and visitors for the foreseeable future, we are committed to continue to provide members with the advocacy and support they deserve.

MMSD Staff Compensation Concerns & Unemployment Information for unpaid members

Unemployment COVID-19 Resources for unpaid members

Question: What happens if the school I work at shuts down for coronavirus. Will I be eligible?

Answer: If this closure is not during a customary break period, or extends longer than the customary break period, individuals may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet the monetary and weekly eligibility criteria.

If members have Unemployment questions after reviewing these sites. Contact MTI staff.

Solidarity Fund Loan Available for Members

MTI has taken immediate action to deploy union resources to provide financial support to members impacted by the pandemic. Commencing immediately, the MTI Solidarity Fund is available to provide no interest loans of up to $1,000 for MTI members who suffer a financial impact due to the pandemic.

To honor social distancing, we encourage members to complete the application form online and email it to Please note that the signature sections still need to be filled out. Call or email the MTI office at and 608.257.0491 with questions.