COVID-19 Information & Updates

  • 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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  • 9/29/2021 - District Mitigation Plan Update

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/29/2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    On Friday, September 24, 2021, Madison families and staff received communication explaining that the District would continue the face covering requirement if the Superior Court of Arizona ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. The court ruling earlier this week determined that the Arizona ban on school face covering requirements is unconstitutional.

    The Madison Mitigation Plan has been updated to indicate that the District is continuing the face covering requirement that has been in place since the beginning of the school year. 

    The Mitigation Plan can be found on the District website here: www.madisonaz.org/Page/459

     Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 9/24/2021 - Update from the Superintendent

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/24/2021

    Madison Parents and Families,

    Many have been wondering what Madison plans to do with the impending court ruling regarding the law prohibiting school districts from requiring face coverings. I had hoped to communicate the decision of the court and any changes needed sooner; however, since that has yet to occur, below you will find two different scenarios and how Madison will respond.

    SCENARIO 1- Judge Rules in Favor of the State- Prohibiting Mask Requirement Goes into Effect September 29, 2021

    Madison will comply with State law and alter the current mask requirement. Under this scenario, we will no longer require face coverings for students or staff. However, we will continue to require face coverings for anyone who is not a student or employee. This includes parents, families, visitors and volunteers. The law only prohibits face covering requirements for students and staff. 

    In order to limit disruption to your child’s learning, I ask that parents consider the following:

    1. Reduce the Likelihood of Needing to Quarantine Your Child- Masks
      Per the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, “a student who was within 3-6 feet of an infected student is not considered a close contact if both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks at all times.” In this situation, only the student who is infected needs to quarantine. Please have your child wear a mask.
    2. Reduce the Likelihood of Needing to Quarantine Your Child- Vaccine
      Per CDC, ADHS, and MCDPH, “…all close contacts who have been fully vaccinated (starting 2 weeks after the final COVID-19 vaccine dose) do not need to quarantine if they do not have any symptoms.” We respect each family’s right to make health decisions for their children. If skeptical or undecided about vaccinating your child against COVID when he/she is eligible, please consult your family physician.
    3. Consider Others Who Are Immunocompromised
      There are students and staff who are at risk if they become infected with COVID. Personal mitigation efforts will help to protect members of our Madison family, students and staff alike, who rely on others for their safety.

    SCENARIO 2- Judge Rules in Favor of the Plaintiffs- Strikes Down Law Forbidding Mask Requirement or Issues an Injunction

    Madison will extend the mask requirement currently in place for students and staff unless the court rules otherwise.

    Additional Mitigation Efforts

    In coordination with each school’s PTO, Madison is in the process of purchasing additional air purifiers to ensure every classroom is equipped with this additional protection. Many of our PTO’s have already donated purifiers and, working together, we hope to accomplish this task ASAP.

    As temperatures begin to cool, many of our schools will transition students to be able to eat outdoors. This will allow for students to spread out further to mitigate the spread of the virus during meals. 

    Required Quarantines

    I understand the disruptions that come with quarantines. To be clear, in Arizona, local public health jurisdictions have the delegated authority to determine which contacts of a COVID-19 case must quarantine. This is outlined in the Arizona Revised Statutes [Title 36, Chapter 6, Article 2 (36-624)] and Arizona Administrative Code [Title 9, Chapter 6 (R9-6-361)]. The full text of both are included at the bottom of this communication. As government entities, schools are obligated to uphold public health quarantine on school grounds. As with any court ruling regarding facing coverings, Madison will adhere to State law.

    Update to the Mitigation Plan

    We have gone through many changes and adaptations to our Mitigation Plan and a new update will be posted on our website by next week that will contain information outlined in this communication.

    I trust that you recognize our teachers, support staff, administration and the Governing Board are working hard to ensure your child has the best possible education while attempting to keep everyone safe. Like you, we do have pandemic fatigue and desire for life to return to normal.

    My hope is that we can continue to be respectful and responsible without causing any stress on those who care for students. I believe that there is a lot of kindness within our Madison community and I ask that we do our best to practice that kindness even if we disagree. As a community, we will get through this together. Your patience, compassion, grace and understanding are deeply appreciated!

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Baca
    Superintendent 


    Arizona Revised Statutes [Title 36, Chapter 6, Article 2 (36-624)] and Arizona Administrative Code [Title 9, Chapter 6 (R9-6-361)]

    36-624. Quarantine and sanitary measures to prevent contagion

    When a county health department or public health services district is apprised that infectious or contagious disease exists within its jurisdiction, it shall immediately make an investigation. If the investigation discloses that the disease does exist, the county health department or public health services district may adopt quarantine and sanitary measures consistent with department rules and sections 36-788 and 36-789 to prevent the spread of the disease. The county health department or public health services district shall immediately notify the department of health services of the existence and nature of the disease and measures taken concerning it.


    R9-6-361. Novel Coronavirus (e.g., SARS or MERS)

    A. Case control measures:

    1. A diagnosing health care provider or an administrator of a health care institution, either personally or through a representative, shall isolate and institute both airborne precautions and contact precautions for a novel coronavirus case or suspect case, including a case or suspect case of severe acute respiratory syndrome or Middle East respiratory syndrome, until evaluated and determined to be noninfectious by a physician, physician assistant, or registered nurse practitioner.

    2. A local health agency shall:

      a. Upon receiving a report under R9-6-202 of a novel coronavirus case or suspect case, notify the Department within 24 hours after receiving the report and provide to the Department the information contained in the report;

      b. In consultation with the Department, ensure that isolation and both airborne precautions and contact precautions have been instituted for a novel coronavirus case or suspect case to prevent transmission;

      c. Conduct an epidemiologic investigation of each reported novel coronavirus case or suspect case; and

      d. For each novel coronavirus case, submit to the Department, as specified in Table 2.4, the information required under R9-6-206(D).

    B. Contact control measures: A local health agency, in consultation with the Department, shall determine which novel coronavirus contacts will be quarantined or excluded, according to R9-6-303, to prevent transmission.

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  • 9/16/2021 - Reminder: Quarter 2 Learning Sign-Up

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/16/2021

    September 16, 2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    This is a friendly reminder that the deadline to enroll in the K-1-2 remote learning option, MVA (grades 3-8), or switch back to in-person learning is tomorrow, Friday, September 17 at 11:59 p.m.

    Families will need to decide if their student(s) will attend school in-person or learn online through the end of the second quarter (December 17, 2021).

    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 Q2 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”:

     Form1

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

    Form 2

    On the Forms page, click on Q2: Student Transfer Request.

    Form 3

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

     Form 4

    Form 5

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 9/1/2021 - Quarter 2 Learning SIgn-Up Form

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/1/2021

    September 1, 2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    As the District prepares for the second quarter, families will need to decide if their student(s) will attend school in-person or learn online through the end of the second quarter (December 17, 2021).

    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, September 17 at 11:59 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 Q2 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”:

     Q2 Form 1.png

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

    Q2 Form 2.png

    On the Forms page, click on Q2: Student Transfer Request.

    Q2 Form 3.png

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

     Q2 Form 4.png

    Q2 Form 5.png

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 8/27/2021 - Important Update: Batch Testing

    Posted by Madison Communications on 8/27/2021

    August 27, 2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    The next round of batch testing will occur on Tuesday, August 31 and will continue every Tuesday.

    UPDATE: AT-Home Test Kits

    If there is a positive in the batch result, Madison will provide at-home COVID-19 testing kits to individuals who participated in the batch test. This will help expedite the contact tracing process and minimize the need to quarantine students who test negative.

    If you have not signed up for batch testing, and you would like your child to participate in the next round of testing, please complete the consent form located in PowerSchool by Sunday, August 29 at 11:59 p.m.

    (If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 months, they cannot participate in batch testing as it increases the likelihood of a false positive.)

    Accessing the consent form:

    When you log in to PowerSchool, click on “Forms” in the left-hand menu.

    From there, click on the name of the form and it will open.

    Then, sign the form.

    Thank you,  

    Madison School District

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