COVID-19 Information & Updates

  • 8/3/2020 - Registration Days: August 4, 5, & 6

    Posted by Madison Communications on 8/3/2020

    Hello Madison Families,

    Registration Days will be this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 4, 5 and 6. Registration will be completed online at madisonaz.org/enrollment *The new District website can translate content to any language. Click the “translate” button in the top right-hand corner (on desktop) or in the left side menu (mobile) to select a language.

    You will complete your child's registration on the day listed below based on:

    • August 4 - New Students to Madison, Kindergarten, and 5th Grade Registration
    • August 5 - Returning Student Registration Last Name "A" through "L"
    • August 6 - Returning Student Registration Last Name "M" through "Z"

    On your Registration Day you will be asked to complete 3 steps:

    1. Complete the Student Safety Form (ensure that your most updated contact info is on file)
    2. Complete the On-site Online Learning Form (only complete this form if you need the on-site learning option). For more information about this option, visit https://www.madisonaz.org/Page/471
    3. Complete the Free & Reduced Meal Application (to ensure that your child is receiving the appropriate food service) *Food Service will no longer be accepting cash payments to protect the safety of students and staff.

    Additional information regarding transportation and academic benchmark assessments will be included on the Registration Day page. Please read this information carefully.

    Once you complete the three steps, and read the additional information, your registration is complete. You will not receive a confirmation email after you complete this process. However, school sites will be in contact with families after the Registration Days.

    Please visit the Community Resources & Information page to access parent resources and updated information from the CDC.

    Thank you for choosing the Madison School District!

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  • 7/30/2020 - On-site Online Learning FAQs

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/30/2020

    Information about on-site online learning frequently asked questions is available here. Families will have the opportunity to select this option, if needed, during Registration Days next week (August 4, 5 and 6). Additional information regarding Registration Days will be communicated next week. 

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  • 7/24/2020 - Start of School Information

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/24/2020

    Good afternoon Madison Families,

    Please see the 2020 Start of School Information Chart which includes details about student registration, at-home online learning, and on-site online learning.

    Thank you for your continued patience and support. We hope you have a safe and relaxing weekend.

    - Madison School District

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  • 7/22/2020 - Delay of In-Person Learning

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/22/2020

    Dear Madison Families,

    In order to prioritize the safety of our students and staff, the Governing Board voted on and approved the delay of in-person learning until the end of the 1st Quarter (October 2) unless the data show it is safe to reopen sooner. All students will begin learning online on August 11.

    We understand that this change could create additional challenges for our families. In order to support our students and families, the Madison School District will offer the following:

    • An in-person, online option for students. Students will have the option to complete their online learning at a physical location on the date the Governor reopens school currently, August 17.
    • MAC Before and After-School Program
    • Preschool

    Due to the delay of in-person learning, registration days will also be delayed.

    Registration days will be online on the following dates:

    • August 4- New Student Registration Kindergarten & 5th Grade
    • August 5- Returning Student Registration Last Name "A" through "L"
    • August 6 – Returning Student Registration Last Name "M" through "Z"

    During registration days, families will have the opportunity to select if they would like their students to complete their online learning in-person on a Madison campus.

    Registration will be completely online on the new District website, which will launch at the end of July.

    Additional communication will be sent to families regarding preschool, before and after-school options and the Madison Virtual Academy.

    The Madison School District will continue to follow CDC and State guidelines. If the Governor mandates a school closure, this plan will be modified.

    We value and appreciate our Madison families. We thank you for your continued patience and support.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 7/15/2020 - School Opening Update

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/15/2020

    Summary:

    • Special Governing Board Meeting, Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. to discuss and vote on delaying in-person learning until after Labor Day
    • All students will begin the school year online on August 11
    • Students who plan to attend school in-person DO NOT need to be registered for the Madison Virtual Academy to receive online learning.

    Madison Parents and Families,

    The difficult decisions that we have had to make in the past few months have been done with the health, safety and welfare of our students and employees in mind. We have adopted a school opening plan that is aligned with the CDC guidelines for reopening schools and a plan that had significant input from our Dr. Parents and school site task forces.

    However, we now find ourselves in a very different place than where we were on June 30 when the plan was adopted. There continues to be wide community spread of the virus. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, all of our schools and bordering communities, as of July 14, are in the category with the widest community spread (greater than 250). Follow this link to view the Data Dashboard.

    The CDC has updated their guidance to clarify mitigation strategies based on level of community transmission of COVID-19. It suggests additional strategies “…be considered when there is substantial transmission in the local community…” including the extension of school dismissals and offering distance learning.

    Therefore, I am recommending to the Governing Board that we delay the opening of in-person learning until after Labor Day (official date TBD), begin online learning for all on August 11 as planned, and reevaluate where we are in the next two to three weeks. A special virtual Governing Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss and take action on these recommendations. On July 21 at 6:00 p.m., the public can access the link to the Governing Board meeting here: https://livestream.com/accounts/10632146

    I understand that these are challenging times. This work is hard. It is difficult when we must consider modifying our course of action. Thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff.

    Respectfully,

    Kenneth R. Baca, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • 7/8/2020 - School Opening Update

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/8/2020

    Madison Parents and Families,

    I wish to provide you a brief update as to the status of schools opening in August.

    In compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order to delay the physical opening of schools until August 17, we will begin online learning on August 11. The first four days of school (8/11- 8/14) will be on a half day schedule in order to provide all teachers time during the second part of the day to develop and improve the skills and tools necessary to provide a robust online experience. We must do this in the event we have to provide online learning beyond August 17. We learned much when we closed school last year and we are doing everything we can to improve the online learning experience.

    The first four days for students will be devoted, but not limited, to social/emotional well-being, pre-assessment of academic skills and deployment of Chromebooks in conjunction with having all of the online tools needed to have an improved online teaching and learning experience. It will also give the District time to provide internet-filtered Chromebooks to families in need, allow everyone to familiarize themselves with the online platform that will be used (Schoology) and help families choosing to use their own devices work through any technology issues accessing the District’s online learning systems.

    This is where we are currently. The day to physically reopen our schools may be delayed further, depending where Arizona is regarding COVID-19. Thus, what you have read above could be altered. If we must continue online, the District wants to make sure that the online teaching is of the highest standard and equitably provided across schools. That is why we are devoting 4 half days for teacher professional learning and time for families to have all the tools to limit any technological interruptions.

    As a reminder, the deadline to enroll in MADISON VIRTUAL ACADEMY (MVA) is tomorrow, July 9. I wish to thank the families who have already enrolled their children for the first quarter of MVA. If you have questions or need additional information, please go to our website: https://madisonaz.org/madisonvirtualacademyfaq/ or email MVA@madisoned.org.

    On behalf of our Governing Board, thank you for your continued kindness, support and understanding. I am proud to be a member of the Madison family!

    Sincerely,
    Kenneth R. Baca, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • 7/6/2020 - Site-Specific School Opening Plans

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/6/2020

    Madison Families,

    Below are the Site-Specific School Opening Plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Each plan incorporates the overall district plan and addresses the unique processes at each individual school campus.

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  • 7/1/2020 - School Opening Plan

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/1/2020

    Last night, the Governing Board approved the 2020-2021 School Opening Plan, “Because We Care.” The document reviews opening procedures and requirements for next school year. You can read the School Opening Plan here.

    Later today, families will receive an additional email with a link to the Madison Virtual Academy Official Registration Form. This will also be posted to the website and shared on our social media pages.

    Thank you for your continued patience, support and positivity during this unprecedented time. We appreciate you and thank you for choosing the Madison Elementary School District!

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  • 7/1/2020 - Madison Virtual Academy Registration

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/1/2020

    Registration for the Madison Virtual Academy (MVA) is now available online through July 9, 2020. For more information and to register your Madison student, please visit https://madisonaz.org/madisonvirtualacademyfaq/

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  • 6/22/2020 - Next Parent & Family Virtual Town Hall: June 29 at 6 p.m.

    Posted by Madison Communications on 6/22/2020

    Dear Madison Parents and Families,

    On behalf of the Madison Elementary School District Governing Board and administration, I wish to begin by thanking all who were able to participate in our virtual Madison Parent and Family Town Hall on June 10. When we engage our community, we learn from you and this helps us to meet the needs of every child.

    The plan to open Madison schools is being finalized and will be presented to the Board on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 for their approval. As such, you are invited to our next virtual Madison Parent and Family Town Hall on Monday, June 29, 2020, 6:00 PM on Livestream. This will give you the opportunity to view and comment on our plan to open Madison schools safely.

    Our plan is being developed with guidance from the CDC but also with guidance from Madison parents who are practicing medical physicians. These “Dr. Parents” not only understand the science behind COVID-19, but also understand the challenges parents of school-aged children are facing when deciding whether or not to send their children to school in August. Four of our Dr. Parents had a discussion with our Governing Board last week. If you have not already, I urge you to listen to this meeting: https://livestream.com/accounts/10632146/events/9178785

    Madison ESD will continue to strive to provide you with honest and transparent information as, together, we face today’s challenges. I continue to appreciate all that you do to support Madison schools and our community. I look forward to our June 29th Town Hall.

    Respectfully,

    Kenneth R. Baca, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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