COVID-19 Information & Updates

  • 1/11/2022 Important COVID-19 Updates Regarding Testing, Communication, Etc.

    Posted by Madison Communications on 1/11/2022

    Hello Madison Families,

    Please review the important COVID-19 updates below regarding rapid testing, communication changes, classroom coverage, bus routes, and face coverings. Thank you.

    Rapid Tests

    • There are limited rapid tests available. We had enough tests to last a month when we returned from Winter Break. However, the State cannot fill our usual order and with the dramatic rise in demand, we are set to run out of tests by Thursday, if not sooner.
    • We have found a vendor that can provide us with a two-week supply. However, we are not sure when that shipment will arrive.
    • The District may have to suspend the Mask Test-to-Stay program if we do not secure additional tests.
    • This could mean staff and students may have to quarantine at home if they cannot be tested.
      • Reminder: the Maricopa County Department of Public Health has shortened the number of days needed to quarantine to 5 days.
    • This also means we may not have rapid tests available for individuals participating in our weekly batch testing program.

    COVID-19 Communication Updates

    • We are suspending the contact and general notices that we normally send out due to a large increase in case numbers and a high volume of emails being sent to families.
    • You will still be notified if your child has been directly exposed and needs to quarantine or participate in the Mask Test-to-Stay program.
      • You can monitor updated case numbers on the District website here: www.madisonaz.org/Page/514

    Classroom Coverage

    • We are doing all that we can to avoid combining classrooms.
    • Each school is unique and may address substitute availability and shortages differently.
    • Some elementary schools are canceling specials in order to utilize special area teachers to cover classrooms.

    Bus Routes

    • We are experiencing bus driver absences due to illness.
    • Some routes have already been delayed but not canceled.
    • We are doing all that we can to minimize disruption to transportation.

    Face Coverings

    • The CDC may update their face covering recommendations to protect against the Omicron variant.
    • It will be vital to have your students wear the proper face covering to reduce the spread of the virus in school.

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 1/7/2022 Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

    Posted by Madison Communications on 1/7/2022

    Good morning Madison Families,

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) recently updated their COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance.  

    Under the new guidance, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 full days and can return to school after 5 days as long as they are fever free for 24 hours, have improved symptoms and wear a mask.  

    *Students and staff must wear a mask in order to return to school after 5 days.*

    Students who are exposed to COVID-19 and do not participate in the Masked-Test-to-Stay Program will be asked to quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days.

    You can read the updated CDC guidelines here.

    Our District and school Mitigation Plans have been updated to align with the new guidance provided by the CDC and MCDPH.  

    Visit www.madisonaz.org/Page/458 to access the updated Mitigation Plans.

    Additionally, the CDC now recommends that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series. For more information, click here.

    For a list of upcoming vaccination events, visit www.madisonaz.org/Page/274.

    Thank you,

    Madison School District 

     

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  • 1/3/2022 Update from the Superintendent

    Posted by Madison Communications on 1/3/2022

    Madison Parents and Families,

    Happy New Year. I hope you had a joyous holiday with your loved ones.

    When we left for Winter Break, we could not have anticipated the extent to which the pandemic would potentially impact us nor did we anticipate any major changes to the CDC guidelines. As we have heard about the disruptions that have taken place in the airline industry and with various events throughout the world of sports, education systems must also prepare for possible disruptions in the coming weeks.

    I wish to reassure you that Madison schools will be prepared to respond to interruptions that may cause a challenge in our ability to operate the District. Our planning DOES NOT include returning the entire district to remote or hybrid learning. However, it does mean that we will have to plan for classrooms that are not covered, bus routes that may be delayed or canceled and food services that may have challenges serving meals—all due to staff illness. We may need to use non-school personnel to cover classrooms and other areas essential to operating schools, including the use of parent volunteers. At this time, we just do not know if/when this might happen. We will do all that we can to limit any disruptions to you and your children.

    While we plan to implement the Mask Test-to-Stay program, the current demand for at-home COVID tests has caused a shortage. While we will continue to obtain a supply of tests from the MCDPH, we also must be prepared if there is a disruption with at-home test availability. If you have not already, you may wish to consider having your child participate in the District’s Batch Testing program that takes place each Tuesday. This can possibly count as one of the tests for this program. Batch testing also allows us to identify anyone infected early on so that we can mitigate the spread of the virus. 

    Regarding the CDC’s current recommendation for isolating COVID positive individuals, we are working with the MCDPH to see how they will adjust their quarantine mandates in order to align with the CDC. As a reminder, it is the MCDPH that quarantines individuals, not the District. I ask for your patience as we maneuver through this with the County.

    Following Madison’s Mitigation Plan is more important than ever. For parents who did not have children opt out of the mask requirement, please remind them of the importance of wearing their face coverings consistently and correctly. As a reminder, here is what is recommended by the CDC regarding the type of face coverings that should be worn:

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

    I understand our desire to return to what used to be. The lingering pandemic will continue to challenge us individually and collectively. With a new year, my hope is that we can work together to limit any disruption to your child’s education while doing all that we can to keep them physically, socially and emotionally safe. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated.

    Dr. Kenneth R. Baca,

    Superintendent

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  • 12/15/2021 - Upcoming Mitigation Plan Changes

    Posted by Madison Communications on 12/15/2021

    Madison Parents and Families,

    As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, I wish to thank you for your continued patience and understanding. I know how difficult this has been on our students, families and community. 

    I want to brief you on two major updates that will be made to our Mitigation Plan once we return from Winter Break.

    PARENT VOLUNTEERS

    Beginning January 3, we will welcome parents who wish to volunteer back on campus. Our volunteers will need to wear masks but will be allowed to assist our schools. I know that our teachers are especially excited to welcome you back and appreciate all of your assistance. 

    QUARANTINES: MASKED TEST-TO-STAY PROGRAM

    Madison has been working closely with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health on a Masked Test-to-Stay Pilot Program. This pilot mirrors many of the programs being implemented in other cities, counties and states. We recognize that student at-home quarantines need to be minimized yet managed safely. For the academic and social/emotional well-being of students, they need to be in school.

    While the final results are not expected until later this month or early January, based on the preliminary results of our pilot, we will be expanding this program to all schools upon our return from Winter Break (January 3). Here is what this means.

    1. If a masked student is exposed to a masked or unmasked individual with COVID they will be able to stay in school during the 10-day quarantine period under the following conditions:
      • Fully Vaccinated: remain asymptomatic and wear a mask throughout the quarantine period.
      • Have Tested Positive for COVID Within the Past 90 Days: remain asymptomatic and wear a mask throughout the quarantine period.
      • Unvaccinated and Have Not Opted Out of the Mask Requirement: Obtain parent consent to participate in the program, continue to wear a mask, Remain Asymptomatic, test negative as soon as the exposure is identified, test negative on days 5 and 7 of the quarantine period.
    2. If a student has an existing mask opt-out in place, they can still participate in the program but must:
      • Obtain parent consent to participate.
      • Wear a mask throughout the quarantine period.
      • Remain asymptomatic.
      • Test negative each day of the quarantine period.
    3. Students who do not participate in the program, or who violate the parameters of the program, will quarantine at-home.

    The Mitigation Plan will be updated and posted to our website on January 3, 2022.

    On behalf of our Governing Board and employees, thank you for choosing Madison. I hope that the season of Christmas, Hanukkah and each holiday celebrated brings joy and good health. May each of us find peace within our heart and family, and peace throughout our Madison community, nation and world.  Have a safe and restful Winter Break!

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Baca
    Superintendent  

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  • 12/2/2021 - Important Reminders

    Posted by Madison Communications on 12/2/2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    Please see the information below regarding Quarter 3 (Q3) Learning Sign-Up and upcoming vaccination events.

    Q3 Learning Sign-Up

    The deadline to enroll in the K-1-2 remote learning option, MVA (grades 3-8), or switch back to in-person learning is this Friday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. Families will need to decide if their student(s) will attend school in-person or learn online through the end of the third quarter (March 11, 2022).

    Students will be able to transition back to in-person learning or to online learning on a quarterly basis.

    If your child attends in-person or online and will continue with their current learning option, you do not need to fill out the form.

    This form is only for families wanting to change their current learning option (in-person or online).

    To access the Q3 Online Learning Form, please log into your child’s PowerSchool account.

    From there, you will be able to make your selection (e.g., online to in-person, in-person to online).

    Vaccination Events

    The Madison School District, in partnership with Phoenix Union, Albertsons Pharmacies and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, will be hosting a FREE vaccination event this Saturday, December 4. This event is open to the public and will provide COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5+ as well as adults.

    Saturday, December 4

    9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Madison No. 1 Middle School
    5525 N. 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016
    No appointment necessary.
    (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson + Boosters available for adults)

    Please visit www.PXU.org/BeHealthy to fill out a consent form prior to the event. To access information regarding free transportation, please call (602) 764-1500.

    In partnership with Native Health, Madison will host an additional vaccine event on Wednesday, December 8.

    Wednesday, December 8

    (Pfizer vaccine offered for children ages 5+ and adults)
    2:00-6:00 p.m.
    Madison Center for the Arts
    5601 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    No appointment necessary.

     

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  • 11/19/2021 Q3 Learning Sign-Up

    Posted by Communications Department on 11/19/2021

    November 19, 2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    As the District prepares for the third quarter, families will need to decide if their student(s) will attend school in-person or learn online through the end of the third quarter (March 11, 2022).

    The deadline to enroll in the K-1-2 remote learning option, MVA (grades 3-8), or switch back to in-person learning is Friday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m.

    Students will be able to transition back to in-person learning or to online learning on a quarterly basis.

    If your child attends in-person or online and will continue with their current learning option, you do not need to fill out the following form.  

    This form is only for families wanting to change their current learning option (in-person or online).

    To access the Q3 Online Learning Form, please log into your child’s PowerSchool account.

    From there, you will be able to make your selection (e.g., online to in-person, in-person to online).

    Currently Enrolled Students

    Click on “Families” from the top ribbon and select “PowerSchool”:

    Q3 Learning Sign Up

    Once logged in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal, click on Forms from the left-hand menu:

    Q3 Learning Sign Up

    On the Forms page, click on Q3: Student Transfer Request

     Q3 Learning Sign Up

     

    Next, complete the form and click Submit when complete.  You will received a confirmation that the form has been submitted.

     Q3 Learning Sign Up

    Q3 Learning Sign Up

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

     

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  • 11/17/2021 - Maricopa County Department of Public Health Masked Test-To-Stay Program

    Posted by Madison Communications on 11/17/2021

    Dear Madison Families,

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC and public health have required unvaccinated students who are close contacts of people infected with COVID-19 to quarantine at home to ensure the safety of all staff and students. Public health and educators recognize the importance of keeping students in school in a safe environment, and the Madison School District and Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) are committed to promoting student learning while keeping students and staff safe and in school. We have learned a great deal over the past school year and our current plan and procedures reflect the most updated recommendations from the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

    Madison and MCDPH are working in collaboration to evaluate the effectiveness of an alternative quarantine option for students who are not fully vaccinated, referred to as “masked test-to-stay.” When used in a layered approach with universal masking, distancing, hand hygiene, and air filtration, masked test-to-stay allows unvaccinated students who have had close contact in the classroom with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 to stay in school during the quarantine period, as long as the following criteria are met:

    1. Both students have consistently and correctly worn face masks at the time the classroom exposure occurred
    2. Close contacts do not have COVID-19 symptoms
    3. Close contacts continue to consistently and correctly wear face masks, and
    4. Close contacts test negative for COVID-19 at the time their exposure is identified, and again on days 3 and 5 following their exposure (or Day 6, if Day 5 occurs on a weekend or holiday).  

    Note: Individuals who are vaccinated are much less likely to spread or contract the virus. However, it is still possible for vaccinated individuals to spread the virus to others. Therefore, it is important for us to create a safe and inclusive environment for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.  If a student tests positive for COVID-19 at any time, they must isolate at home for the CDC-recommended 10 days after symptoms appeared or 10 days after the positive test, before returning to school. The student must also be without a fever for 24 hours.

    Because the success of masked test-to-stay programs depends on a layered approach, Madison District has identified 4 schools that meet the following criteria developed by MCDPH for participation:

    • 95% or greater adherence with correct and universal masking indoors at the school, as reported by school administrators (based on school mask opt-out data)
    • Willingness to have some schools participate as comparison groups
    • Partnership with MCDPH

    Two schools (Madison Heights Elementary and Madison #1 Middle School) will serve as the intervention schools, with masked test-to-stay offered as an optional alternative to current quarantine procedures. Two schools, Madison Camelview Elementary and Madison Park Middle School, will serve as a comparison group and follow CDC standard, at-home quarantine procedures with additional at-home testing.

    Students may only participate with permission from a parent or guardian. Consent forms will be distributed to parents and guardians at the time they are notified that their student is a close contact. There is no charge for participating.

    We will begin this pilot program during the week of November 22nd. The evaluation period will last until December 17th, and results from the evaluation are expected in mid-January, which will be shared with the Madison community.

    More than 25 other US jurisdictions have implemented similar programs and preliminary results have shown that COVID-19 transmission is rare (<1% to 4%) in these circumstances. Students participate in masked test-to-stay for at least five days after exposure. The test performed is a quick, non-invasive nasal swab that is collected at home or at school. Unlike COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and easy for most parents/guardians to perform themselves on their student(s). A video and instructions will be provided with the test. There will also be an option for parents/guardians to bring the student to school for testing if that is preferred. 

    It is important to Madison and MCDPH that you are fully informed regarding the process and that we can answer any questions that you might have in advance of asking you to sign the consent form. If you have additional questions regarding the program, please reply to this email so that you can be directed to the appropriate person.

    Madison and MCDPH will be evaluating the safety and effectiveness of this pilot program with the hopes that it can soon be used more broadly throughout the District and in schools across Maricopa County. Our goal is to keep our schools safe and students in school. Thank you again for your support during this challenging time.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth Baca
    Superintendent 

    Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine
    Medical Director, MCDPH

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  • 11/15/21 Vaccination Event Wednesday, November 17

    Posted by Madison Communications on 11/15/2021

    November 15, 2021 

    Madison Families,

    This is a friendly reminder that the Madison School District, in partnership with Native Health, will be hosting a FREE vaccination event this Wednesday, November 17.

    This event is open to the public and will provide the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

    Wednesday, November 17 & December 8

    2:00-6:00 p.m.

    Madison Center for the Arts (5601 N. 16th Street)

    Please fill out the pre-registration link here: www.nativehealthphoenix.org/covid-19-vaccine-pre-registration/

    If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, local physicians have created a Google Form where Madison families can submit their questions as well as an FAQ page. To access the FAQ, or to submit a question, visit www.madisonaz.org/Page/274

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 11/4/2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Event Reminder

    Posted by Communications Department on 11/4/2021

    Madison Families,

    This is a friendly reminder that the Madison School District, in partnership with Phoenix Union, Albertsons Pharmacies and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, will be hosting a FREE vaccination event this Saturday, November 6.

    This event is open to the public and will provide COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5+ as well as adults.  

    Pediatricians and physicians will be available at the November 6 event to answer questions. Additionally, local physicians have created a Google Form where Madison families can submit their questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. For more information, or to submit a question, visit www.madisonaz.org/Page/274

    Upcoming Vaccine Events:

    Saturday, November 6 & December 4

    9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Madison No. 1 Middle School
    5525 N. 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016
    No appointment necessary

    (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson + Boosters available for eligible adults)

    Visit www.PXU.org/BeHealthy to fill out a consent form prior to the event.  To access information regarding free transportation, please call (602) 764-1500.

    Thank you for your continued support.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 11/1/2021 - Youth Vaccine Events Ages 5-11

    Posted by Madison Communications on 11/1/2021

    Dear Madison Families,

    The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for children 5 to 11 years of age. Pending final approval from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we will be providing FREE vaccination events. We are pleased to work in partnership with Phoenix Union, Albertsons Pharmacies, Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Native Health to provide extended opportunities for families to receive the vaccine.

    Please see the attached chart, and the information below, for event locations, dates, and times. You can also visit www.PXU.org/BeHealthy or call (602) 764-1500 for details and access to free transportation.

    Information regarding the FREE youth vaccination events at Madison (for ages 5-11) can be found below. Pediatricians and physicians will be available at the November 6 event to answer questions.

    • Saturday, November 6 & December 4
      • (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson + Boosters available for eligible adults)
      • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
      • Madison No. 1 Middle School (5525 N. 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016)
      • No appointment necessary
      • Offered in partnership with Phoenix Union High School District, Maricopa County, and Albertsons.

    • Wednesday, November 17 & December 8
      • 2:00-6:00 p.m.
      • Madison Center for the Arts (5601 N. 16th Street)
      • The pre-registration link will be shared prior to the event.
      • Offered in partnership with Native Health.

    Thank you. We look forward to seeing you!

    Madison School District

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