COVID-19 Information & Updates

  • 6/16/2021 - Update from Superintendent Baca

    Posted by Madison Communications on 6/16/2021

    Madison Families,

    I hope you are all having a safe and enjoyable summer.

    As we prepare for next school year, I know that you are wondering about updating Madison’s Mitigation Plan. I want to reassure you that we have not lost sight of needing to update this plan.

    I wish to emphasize that no decision has been made at this time regarding requiring masks. To make that decision is premature as we have to take into consideration where we are as a community regarding COVID cases, percent positivity, vaccination eligibility and recommendations from the CDC, Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health. While the CDC, ADHS and MCDPH have not changed their guidance for operating schools at this time, every indication is that they plan to do so over the summer. In addition, the State Legislature is considering banning mandatory mask requirements in schools, and we will comply with whatever is signed into law.

    I promise you that a decision will be reached before school begins in August. What I can state with certainty is that no student will be required to wear a mask outdoors due to the extreme heat. Students will have an option to do so, but it will not be a requirement.

    I believe that you deserve to be updated with the latest information. Sending you this communication will likely prompt more questions and concerns. I ask for your patience and understanding as we take the time needed to make thoughtful decisions. Our goal is to make sure we limit any spread of the virus and limit the need to quarantine students who have been exposed.

    Thank you for choosing Madison and for your understanding with this matter. 

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Baca

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  • 4/20/2021 - Continued Mask Requirement

    Posted by Madison Communications on 4/20/2021

    Good morning Madison Families,

    Yesterday, Governor Ducey rescinded his order directing K-12 schools to require masks. However, school districts still have the authority to require wearing masks in their schools.

    Madison will continue to follow CDC guidelines embedded into the District’s Mitigation Plan.

    As such, Madison will continue to require that students, staff and visitors wear a mask when on District property.

    This will remain in effect through the end of this school year (27 school days).

    In order to prioritize safety, minimize disruption to hybrid learning, hold safe in-person promotion ceremonies, and continue to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses, your continued cooperation adhering to the current mask policy is appreciated. We are confident that continuing to follow the 5 key mitigation strategies for operating schools in a hybrid learning model will be crucial to reducing the number of students who will need to be quarantined as a result of exposure to COVID-19.  

    Additional information from the CDC can be found here.

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 4/14/2021 - Summer School Information

    Posted by Madison Communications on 4/14/2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    In order to address identified learning gaps and provide learning opportunities during the summer, the Madison School District will be offering Summer Academic Intervention from June 21 through July 22 (there will be no summer school during the week of July 5).

    Summer Intervention will be coordinated through the Curriculum & Instruction Department under the direction of Dr. Mike Winters. The program will be offered Monday through Thursday, four hours a day, at centralized locations. Instruction will focus on English Language Arts and Math. This opportunity will be provided to identified students. More information regarding Summer Intervention eligibility will be coming soon.

    Additionally, Madison is exploring the possibility of providing online tutoring for students.

    More information regarding summer school opportunities will be communicated to families as soon as possible.

    We thank you for your continued support and look forward to providing a high-quality educational experience this summer.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 3/25/2021 - Governor Ducey Executive Order

    Posted by Madison Communications on 3/26/2021

    March 25, 2021 

    Hello Madison Families, 

    Governor Doug Ducey released a new Executive Order regarding mask wearing.

    However, it is important to note that this new Executive Order does not change mask wearing for schools. Mask wearing remains a requirement at all Madison schools and offices.

    Here is a statement of clarification provided today from the Arizona Department of Education:

    “Dear School Leaders,

    We wanted to share information we received from the Arizona Department of Health Services today in light of Governor Ducey's executive order relaxing COVID-19 restrictions. AZDHS Emergency Measure 2020-04 is still in effect, requiring masks in all K-12 schools. Masking is one of the top mitigation strategies for safe in-person learning as recommended by the CDC.

    Masks must be worn on school campuses, on school buses and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors.

    Thank you,
    Arizona Department of Education”

    Madison remains committed to all health and safety requirements in order to keep our staff and students safe and our classrooms open for learning.

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 3/11/21 Important Updates and Spring Break Reminder

    Posted by Madison Communications on 3/11/2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    This is a friendly reminder that there will be no school March 15-19 for Spring Break.

    There will be an additional opportunity for your student to participate in a COVID-19 batch testing on Tuesday, March 23. If you would like your child to participate in the next round of testing, please complete the consent form located in PowerSchool. If you have already completed this form, you do not need to complete it again. Participation is optional. If you do not want your child to participate, please do not fill out the form.

    As students return for the fourth quarter, we would like to remind you of the COVID-19 Parental Acknowledgement Form that all parents signed and completed during Registration. An overview of the information found in the Acknowledgement Form can be found below:

    Individuals will NOT be permitted to enter the facility/school beyond the designated drop-off and pick-up area. This procedure change is for the safety of all persons present in the facility/school and to limit to the extent possible everyone’s risk of exposure. Parents/guardians understand that it is their responsibility to inform other members of their household of the information contained herein.
    IF there is an emergency requiring a parent/guardian to enter the facility beyond the designated drop-off and pick-up area, the parent/guardian MUST wash their hands before entering and wear a mask. While in the facility, the parent/guardian will practice social distancing and remain 6ft from all other people, except for their own child.
    The parent/guardian understands that in order to attend school their child must be free from COVID-19 symptoms. If during the day, any of the following symptoms appear their child will be separated from the rest of the class, in a supervised, secure area. The parent/guardian will be contacted, and their child MUST be picked up within 1 hour of being notified.

    Symptoms include:
    Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    Dry cough
    Shortness of breath
    Chills
    Loss of taste or smell
    Sore throat
    Muscle aches
    Any other symptoms identified by the CDC as associated with COVID-19

    While the District understands that many of these symptoms can also be related to non-COVID-19 related issues we must proceed with an abundance of caution during this public health emergency. These symptoms typically appear 2-7 days after being infected. Children will need to be symptom free without any medication for 72 hours before returning to school.

    As the parent/guardian, you will need to take your child’s temperature prior to coming to school. You understand as the parent/guardian you will conduct daily self-screeners of your child prior to coming to school.

    You understand that your child will be required to wash their hands using CDC recommended handwashing procedures throughout the day.

    You understand that your child must wear a face covering throughout the day according to the protocols established by the District.

    A parent/guardian will immediately notify the Site Point of Contact if they become aware that their child has had close contact with any individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control defines “close contact” as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

    Site/District will continue to follow the guidelines of both the CDC and state and local officials to ensure the health and well-being of all staff and children who enter the school. As changes occur, parents will be notified. The Site Point of Contact will contact the Health Department if any staff member or student contracts COVID-19 to help make crucial decisions on next steps.

    You understand that while present at school each day your child will be in contact with children and employees who are also at risk of community exposure. You understand that no list of restrictions, guidelines, or practices will remove the risk of exposure to COVID-19. You understand that the members of my family play a crucial role in keeping everyone at school safe and reducing the risk of exposure by following the practices outlined herein.

    Thank you for continuing to help us prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff.

    Madison School District

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  • 2/18/2021 - Letter from Superintendent Dr. Baca

    Posted by Madison Communications on 2/18/2021

    Madison Parents and Families,

    As we approach the return to hybrid learning on Monday, February 22, I wish to take this opportunity to provide information, to give thanks and to ask for unity.

    The District’s Mitigation Plan, along with school site-specific protocols, have been revised to align with the most current CDC guidelines. You can find those plans here.

    While much of the guidance remains unchanged, it is important that everyone familiarizes themselves with each aspect of the Plan. If we are to minimize the number of classrooms and schools needing to quarantine, it is vital that mitigation protocols are followed.

    I wish to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to maneuver through this pandemic. I know that returning to virtual learning did not sit well with some of our families while doing so was supported by others. It is an issue that has caused division within the Madison community. My hope is that we can move forward from this situation with the understanding that what we all want is the best for everyone’s child, regardless of our position. 

    Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”

    Because we love our children, may we put aside any ill-will or hateful feelings and look forward to a better day. May we be confident that while there were, are and will be disagreements, we can come back unified as one community and one school district that looks “…outward together in the same direction.” A direction of hope for each child’s success. A direction of understanding, forgiveness, empathy, kindness and compassion. If we each do that, together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. Because together, we are Madison!

    Respectfully,

    Kenneth R. Baca, ED.D

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  • 2/10/2021 - Return to Hybrid Learning February 22, 2021

    Posted by Madison Communications on 2/10/2021

    Good afternoon Madison Families,

    Hybrid learning will resume on Monday, February 22. In order to prepare, there will be no school on Friday, February 19. This employee workday will allow staff to arrange classrooms for in-person learners, prepare common areas for lunch and other class activities, and deep clean campuses, all in accordance with the District’s Mitigation Plan.

    Additionally, in order to support at-home online learners, schools will dismiss one hour earlier on the already scheduled TCT Wednesdays (Elementary 12:00, MTA 12:30, Middle 1:10) with MAC provided for current MAC participants at no extra cost. Teachers will offer office hours and support for online students. Non-TCT Wednesdays will be on the normal, full-day schedule.

    Madison will continue to follow the District’s Mitigation Plan to promote safe learning environments. Madison will also be the first district in Arizona to participate in COVID-19 Batch Testing. By proactively testing students and staff, the District will be able to identify positive cases and quickly take action. More information regarding the free two-week testing pilot can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIhVdzg6-rk&feature=emb_imp_woyt. Everyone is urged to watch this short video. In the coming days, more information will be provided and consent forms for students to self-administer their test will be available for parents and families.

    At last night’s Governing Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Baca asked staff and families to voluntarily self-quarantine as much as possible prior to February 22 in order to do all that we can to safely return and remain in hybrid learning with limited disruption. In the coming days, we will update the District and each school’s mitigation plans, in accordance with any new CDC Guidelines, to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on campus. We ask the entire Madison community to re-familiarize themselves with the safety protocols that have been established.

    We remain committed to supporting our students and providing a high quality education. We are grateful for our students, families and community.

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 2/1/2021-At-Home Online Learning Sign Up Reminder

    Posted by Madison Communications on 2/1/2021

    Good afternoon Madison Families,

    This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to sign up for at-home online learning is this Sunday, February 7. Families will need to decide if their student(s) will attend in-person instruction or learn online at home from February 22, 2021 through the end of the school year. Visit www.madisonaz.org/onlinelearningsignup to access the at-home online learning form. Please only complete this form if your child will attend school online at-home through the end of the school year.

    We understand that some families might want to make a change to the learning model they selected in January. Please contact your child’s school if you would like to remove your student from the at-home online learning list. www.madisonaz.org/contact

    Choosing a learning model for your student can be a challenging decision. The CDC has created a back to in-person learning checklist to help families during this transition. Additionally, the CDC provides resources and information for families as students prepare to return to the classroom.

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  • 1/27/2021 - Information on Returning to Hybrid Learning

    Posted by Madison Communications on 1/27/2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    Metrics:

    Last night, the Governing Board reviewed the City of Phoenix COVID-19 metrics. At this time, Madison will return to hybrid learning on February 22 (as long as the metrics trend downward and all employees have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated). We will continue to provide updates and inform you of any changes as information becomes available.

    At-Home Online Learning Sign Up:

    As the Governing Board continues to monitor the metrics and as the District prepares for a return to hybrid learning, families will need to decide if their student(s) will attend in-person instruction or learn online at home through the end of the school year. Since the return date to hybrid learning is at the end of third quarter (February 22), schools and administration need to begin preparing for the fourth quarter. If you complete the at-home online sign up form, your child will learn online at-home until the end of the school year. If you have already completed the form and would like to make a change, please contact your child’s school. Please visit madisonaz.org/onlinelearningsignup to access the at-home online learning form. The deadline to sign up for at-home online learning is February 7.

    Due to the number of students planning to attend in-person, many teachers will be teaching both online and in-person students at the same time. Online learning schedules may include independent study or additional screen time. As always, our teachers will be working diligently to accommodate the needs of both in-person and online students.

    Schools will maintain proper physical distancing, when possible. Since more students will be attending in-person, physical distancing may be less than 6 feet during lunch and class time.

    Thank you:

    Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate this transition. We are grateful for each of our students and families. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 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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