COVID-19 Information & Updates

  • 1/20/2021 - Metrics for Returning to Hybrid Learning

    Posted by Madison Communications on 1/20/2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    The Madison Governing Board held a special meeting last night to discuss the status of the data dashboard, metrics, and the recommended learning model. At this time, the recommended learning model is virtual with onsite support.

    The Governing Board also met with Dr. Richard Gerkin, a research associate professor at Arizona State University, to analyze the most current COVID-19 data trends.

    After discussion, the Governing Board decided to set Monday, February 22 as the date to return to hybrid learning as long as there is a downward trend in the metrics and Madison staff have been given the opportunity to be fully vaccinated.

    We will continue to update you as we receive additional information. Thank you for your support and patience during this time.

    With gratitude,

    Madison School District

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  • 1/13/2021 - Metrics for Returning to Hybrid Learning

    Posted by Madison Communications on 1/13/2021

    January 13, 2021

    Good afternoon Madison Families,

    Last night, the Governing Board updated the metrics that the District will use to determine when to return to hybrid learning (in-person and at-home learning). The Governing Board approved to continue to use the City of Phoenix data and return to hybrid learning when two benchmarks (e.g., cases, percent positivity and COVID like illness) are in the yellow (moderate category). The Board also decided that one of these yellow categories must be cases per 100,000.

    Madison will be partnering with Dr. Richard Gerkin, a research associate professor at Arizona State University, who has been analyzing COVID-19 data trends. Dr. Gerkin will review the most up-to-date data regarding cases per 100,000 and provide updates to the Governing Board. This allows the Board to use data that are available without the current delay of data released by the health departments; therefore, this could return the District to hybrid much sooner than if the District waited for the health departments to publicly release their data.

    Madison is committed to returning to hybrid learning, but as indicated by the most recent City of Phoenix data, the District is still in the red (substantial category). Madison will continue with at-home online learning until two of the metrics (one being cases per 100,000) are in the yellow (moderate category).

    COVID-19 DATA FOR THE CITY OF PHOENIX

    Released January 7, 2021 (for the week of Dec. 20, 2020)

    • Cases per 100K people: 505.59 (red)
    • Percent positivity: 21.25% (red)
    • Covid-like illness: 12.90% (red)

    Prior week's data (for the week of Dec. 13, 2020)

    • Cases per 100K people: 560.15 (red)
    • Percent positivity: 18.99% (red)
    • Covid-like illness: 12.80% (red)

    The Governing Board will review the metrics at the January 19 meeting to determine if students can return to hybrid learning on January 25. Students will only return to hybrid learning once two metrics (one being cases per 100,000) are in the moderate (yellow) category.

    If you would like your child to continue learning online at home through the third quarter (once students return to hybrid learning) please fill out the At-Home Online Learning sign-up form. The deadline has been extended until further notice. To access the form, visit madisonaz.org/onlinelearningsignup.

    We appreciate your ongoing support. We will continue to communicate with you as soon as we receive updated information.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 1/04/2021 - 3rd Quarter At-Home Online Learning Sign Up Information

    Posted by Madison Communications on 1/4/2021

    Please visit our At-Home Online Learning page for information on signing your student up for at-home learning for 3rd quarter when hybrid learning resumes. This form will remain open until further notice.

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  • 12/16/2020 - Important Information Regarding Hybrid Learning

    Posted by Madison Communications on 12/16/2020

    Madison Families,

    I recognize the stress, hardship and anxiety that we have endured since March. Difficult decisions have needed to be made without unanimous agreement. At a Special Governing Board meeting last night, the Board approved an aspirational date of returning K-8 students to hybrid learning.

    • If the COVID metrics indicate it is safe to do so, K-8 grade students could return to hybrid learning on January 25, 2021 (virtual learning will continue when we return from winter break on January 4, 2021).
    • On January 12, 2021, the Governing Board will meet to look at trend data to discuss and possibly decide on the official metrics that will be used to return K-8 students to hybrid learning.

    I wish to emphasize that January 25 is an aspirational date and may be pushed back to a later date if the trend data continue to indicate substantial community spread of the virus. After the winter break, the Governing Board will meet as often as necessary to monitor the metrics.

    Once we return to hybrid learning, we will need to make sure we can continue to safely operate our schools and limit returning individual schools to virtual learning as a result of multiple COVID cases. Each school will be meeting with their site teams of staff and parents for planning purposes to assist with this endeavor. Many parents have asked what they can do to make sure schools operate safely. Here is what we need.

    By the time we return to hybrid learning, we need between 20-30 new substitutes. If you are able to obtain your substitute certificate, please consider applying in Madison. You can find more information here: https://madisonaz.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=34 Questions regarding guest (substitute) teacher applications can be directed to the Human Resources Department at (602) 664-7900.

    While school districts have different learning models, the one thing every school district has in common is that people are disappointed, disheartened and angry; some of these people are hostile and overtly/passively aggressive toward members of the Board, administration and/or teachers. Whether districts have in-person, hybrid or virtual learning models, families and staff are either upset or pleased.

    While the vast majority of those in Madison have been able to communicate their disagreements in a dignified and respectful manner, there are some who choose to use harsh and hateful words via social media and through direct communication. As a Madison community, we are better than that. We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable and without being hateful. We must applaud the efforts of our teachers for their hard work and dedication to every child.

    As we celebrate the holidays, let us keep in mind the spirit of the season. Let us find time to reconcile, offer and accept forgiveness, and choose to be civil when we disagree. My hope is that we can heal from this experience and be a stronger community as a result. I continue to believe in the goodness that resides in the hearts of our Madison family.

    May you each have a safe, joyous and peaceful winter break!

    Respectfully,
    Kenneth R. Baca, Ed.D.

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  • 11/30/2020 - Updated Meal Serving Times & FREE Winter Break Bulk Food Box

    Posted by Madison Communications on 11/30/2020

    Parents/guardians and/or children 18 and younger may pick up free meal bundles, which include breakfast, lunch, supper, and snack at the times listed below.  On Fridays, free meal bundles will also be given for Saturday and Sunday.  All children 18 and younger qualify for this free program, regardless of eligibility! We encourage all on site and virtual learners to utilize this free program. Children do not have to be enrolled in a Madison School in order to receive a free meal. 

      • Madison #1:   11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Camelview:  11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
      • Simis:  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Rose Lane:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Park:  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Meadows:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • MTA:  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Heights:  10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Winter Break FREE Bulk Food Box 

    Pre-order your FREE Winter Break bulk food box here: https://bit.ly/2L1Kcy0 

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  • 11/20/2020 - Online Learning Schedule Information

    Posted by Madison Communications on 11/20/2020

    Dear Parents,

    We understand the challenges that online learning presents to both students and teachers, and are continually making improvements to provide for the academic, social, and emotional needs of your child. Beginning Monday, November 30, the instructional day for all students will follow the TCT Early Release school hours. This will allow for reduced screen time for students, time for students to complete assignments, and teacher office hours where teachers will be available for you or your child. The office hours will be available each school day with the exception of Wednesdays, which will continue to be used for the Teacher Collaboration Time (TCT). Office hours may include 1:1 or small group time with students. Other school personnel will be available for you or your child during these office hours, such as the social worker or counselor.

    • Elementary Schools: 7:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. with teacher office hours (M, T, Th, F) through 2:45 p.m.
    • Middle Schools: 8:30 a.m.–2:10 p.m. with teacher office hours (M, T, Th, F) through 3:40 p.m.
    • Madison Traditional Academy: 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. with teacher office hours (M, T, Th, F) through 3:00 p.m.

    Additionally, teachers will focus lessons and assignments on foundational and essential learning objectives. As educators, our teachers recognize that there are multiple possibilities for completing assignments that allow the student to meet the lesson goals. While you may not always see a traditional worksheet or essay, or while your child may not have the same assignment as a classmate, be assured that teachers are monitoring your child’s progress. The rigor of the learning is the level of complexity of the work being assigned, not the quantity of work.

    Teachers continue to receive professional development, instructional coaching, and resources for online learning. The models in which they have received training include both synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (independent work) time for the students, including a 50/50 model that reduces the synchronous screen time by 50%. The synchronous, interactive time between the teacher and the students may include whole group lessons and activities, small group lessons and activities, or 1:1 time with the teacher. Students will follow the daily schedule established by the school and the teacher. Teachers will continue to assess your child’s learning progress, including the administration of the MAP assessment (Measures of Academic Progress), which will allow us to plan for and address learning gaps.

    This flexibility with the learning day and with assignments helps to reduce synchronous screen time. However, with many of our electronic resources, your child may still need screen time to complete assignments. Please work with your child’s teacher if you feel the amount of screen time cannot be managed.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    With Appreciation,

    Barbara Marshall
    Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services

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  • 11/18/2020 Update: Returning to At-Home, Online Learning November 30

    Posted by Madison Communications on 11/18/2020

    Good afternoon Madison Families,

    The safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority. Last night, the Governing Board met to discuss a variety of learning options as our community continues to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases. After much consideration, the Governing Board made the difficult decision to return all students to at-home, online learning beginning Monday, November 30, with the exception of preschool and some special education programs.

    This decision was not made lightly, but was made with the health and safety of our students and staff in mind. With the rise in cases, our schools face many challenges due to an increase in the number of students and staff quarantined.

    We know that this decision will have an impact on our families. The District will provide On-site, Online Learning for families who qualify under the Governor’s Executive Order as well as provide special education support and in-person preschool. If you qualify, please click here to fill out the On-site, Online Learning form: www.madisonaz.org/onsiteonlinelearning

    The District will continue to analyze the data provided by the County and State. We will keep our families informed as we move forward. We are committed to addressing the need to improve the at-home, online experience. Any modifications or changes will be communicated as soon as possible.

    As we head into the holiday season, please continue to encourage your children and families to wear masks, practice physical distancing and frequently wash hands. It is imperative that we slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community so that we can safely resume in-person learning.

    As always, we remain committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for all students. We thank you for your continued support.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 11/12/2020 - Update from the Superintendent

    Posted by Madison Communications on 11/12/2020

    Madison Families,

    I hope everyone had a safe Veterans Day. I know you share my gratitude for those who have served, and who are serving, our great nation.

    This past Tuesday, the Governing Board met to discuss the current COVID-19 data dashboards and the impact the increase in COVID-19 cases has on our current hybrid teaching and learning model. While the Board is concerned for the health and welfare of our students, teachers and staff, they also recognize the need for students to learn in-person while providing families the option to have their children learn from home. They also recognize the tremendous stress and time limitations experienced by our teachers in having to teach concurrently to the in-person students and the students from home.

    While no decision was made, the Governing Board will meet on Tuesday, November 17, to discuss this further and will have additional COVID-19 metric information (released today) to help guide their decision(s). The Board has instructed me to present information for how to improve our current hybrid delivery model along with possible options to move from our current 5-day learning model to a 4-day model with the fifth day of from home independent (asynchronous) student learning.

    A few benefits for this idea are to:

    1. reduce the number of days of possible COVID-19 exposure for all individuals attending in-person;
    2. reduce the amount of screen time for our online learners;
    3. provide more teacher preparation time to improve concurrent instruction;
    4. provide one day for students to complete and/or make up their work, relieving the pressures many students feel; and
    5. provide time for staff to meet one-on-one with students who are struggling academically, socially and emotionally.

    I know that if the Board moves in this direction, it will have an impact on our families. I promise to do all that we can to alleviate this burden. Also keep in mind, this would not be permanent, but only until the virus is under control.

    I implore us all to take this virus seriously both in school and out of school. Dr. Christ and State Superintendent Hoffman have emphasized the need to keep schools open. They recognize that for this to happen, we need the cooperation of our families to not have social gatherings, sleep overs, etc. where COVID-19 can be spread. They ask us all to limit our holidays to household members only during this surge of the virus. If we all want our schools to remain open and avoid having to return to at home learning, we all need to do our part, not forever, but throughout this pandemic.

    If we are to remain open, I ask that you review the District’s School Opening Plan (mitigation plan) and adhere to mitigation strategies as many parts of the plan apply outside of school as well (wearing masks, washing hands frequently, 6 ft. or more physical distance, etc.). Please keep your children home when they are not feeling well and you must inform your principal if your child or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19.

    We remain committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for all students. We thank you for your continued support and ask for your continued cooperation.

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Kenneth R. Baca

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  • 11/5/2020 - Important Update Regarding November 10 Governing Board Meeting

    Posted by Madison Communications on 11/5/2020

    Good afternoon Madison Families,

    There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases as reported by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The District has been committed to ensuring all students and staff are safe. Because the overall risk level is trending in the substantial spread range, the Governing Board will hold a discussion and possibly vote to return all students to at-home virtual instruction at the next Governing Board meeting on November 10. You can access the livestream on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. by clicking on this link: https://livestream.com/accounts/10632146

    To view the Maricopa County Data Dashboard click here: https://www.maricopa.gov/5594/School-Metrics

    We will communicate any changes with families as soon as possible.

    Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we continue to make decisions that focus on the health and well-being of our students and staff. 

    With gratitude,

    Madison School District

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  • 10/24/2020 - Important Updates and Information October 24, 2020

    Posted by Madison Communications on 10/24/2020

    Dear Madison Families,  

    Yesterday, the Madison Elementary School District made the decision to quarantine all students and staff at Madison No.1 Middle School and return No. 1 students and staff to at home online learning as a result of a fourth COVID-19 positive case on campus. The District’s other 7 schools will continue with hybrid learning. Please know this decision was made with great thought as the District continues to monitor COVID-19 data, listen to expert advice from physicians and review updated information from the CDC, County and State. As communicated previously, Madison parents and families need to prepare for the possibility of having to quarantine their children as a result of a classroom or entire school being directly exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual.  

    What happens if my child is quarantined?

    Students will need to quarantine for at least 14 days, cannot be on campus and will return to at home online learning. During the quarantine, the Maintenance Department will take appropriate measures to ensure all areas are thoroughly cleaned. Please refer to the District’s School Opening plan (mitigation plan) for detailed information https://www.madisonaz.org/domain/290

    What is the process for reporting cases and communicating with families?

    The District works closely with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to report cases and conduct contact tracing. Families will receive notification if there has been a COVID-19 positive case on campus. A general notice will be sent via email and phone, only to the families of students at that specific school, who did not come in direct contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. Families of students who did have direct contact with the individual will receive a notice that they will need to quarantine. If all students and staff need to quarantine due to a rise in cases and/or exposure, the same notice will be sent to all families at that specific school and will include information on the length of the quarantine.

    What can I do to help?

    The District asks that everyone continue to remain vigilant. Please listen to the experts who ask that we wear masks, maintain the recommended physical distance often and wash our hands frequently. If we are to minimize the need to quarantine classrooms or close schools, this should be done each day, in and out of school.

    Where can I find additional information?

    On the District website, families can find the most recent updates and information including the District’s COVID-19 data dashboard. www.madisonaz.org/covid-19-information.

    Additional information is available on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov

    The safety of our students, staff and families are our top priority. The District does not make these decisions lightly and will always err on the side of caution. Madison will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of local and national health officials to help protect the health of our students, employees and families. Please help us to minimize the need to quarantine and keep everyone safe. Your cooperation and understanding are deeply appreciated.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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