COVID-19 Information & Updates

  • 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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  • Governing Board Letter of Support

    Posted by Madison Communications on 10/21/2020

    October 20, 2020

    Madison Parents and Guardians,

    We, the Governing Board, along with the Superintendent, made a commitment to be transparent and data based with all decisions regarding Covid-19. We have relied on science and innovation to guide us as we have created mitigation plans and return to school protocols. 

    Our plans have evolved based on feasibility, staffing levels, input from parents and what is best for students. Madison has never wavered in its commitment to excellence and has considered many options to ensure Madison students continue to receive the highest quality education possible.

    As a result, we have asked Madison teachers and staff to do something that has never been done before. They are teaching Madison students in person and online, simultaneously. Many other districts are doing the same as it represents the best option given resources and time. This framework has its challenges. Madison teachers and staff are up to the challenge, but they need our support.

    Every one of us are continuous learners and as we move into the second week of this new framework, we must gently remind all parents, students and community members to give grace and understanding to our teachers who are serving on the front line in ways they never envisioned. As someone once stated, “Grace means giving ourselves and others the permission to be a work in progress.”

    We thank you for your trust and your support.

    Highest regards, 

    The Governing Board

    Madison Elementary School District #38

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  • Updated Free Meal Times

    Posted by Madison Communications on 10/5/2020

    Starting Monday, October 12, Madison Food and Nutrition Services will be serving free meals at all sites. Please note the updated times below. Students learning in-person will eat for free and all students learning online can pick up free to-go meals at any school. Children do not have to be enrolled in a Madison school to receive a free meal.  Please contact your child's school for additional information regarding meal pick up procedures. As a reminder, parents can pick up breakfast and/or lunch without their child present. Please wear a mask and follow 6 foot physical distancing. Thank you. 

    • #1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Camelview:  7:30 AM - 8:30 AM &  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Simis:  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Rose Lane:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Park:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Meadows:  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • MTA:  9:45 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Heights:  10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
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  • 9/30/2020 - Hybrid Learning Begins October 12

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/30/2020

    Madison Parents and Families,

    October 12, 2020, is the beginning of hybrid learning when some students will return to school for in-person learning and others will remain at home continuing to learn online. While we do not anticipate a spike in the spread of the virus, the Governing Board and I will continue to monitor data from the state and county health departments. It will be very important for everyone to familiarize themselves once again with the District’s and individual school’s mitigation plans. They have many important updates. https://www.madisonaz.org/Page/458

    I wish to thank our parents and families for their patience, support and advocacy through the first quarter of the school year. Madison’s teachers and employees are second to none; they have rightfully earned our respect by committing themselves to the children who they serve, continuously placing their needs above their own.

    While there are many things to be grateful for, we continue to face challenges. I anticipate that we will be faced with closing individual classrooms and possibly an entire school. We all should be prepared for that possibility. However, there are measures each family can take, in and out of school, that will minimize the need to do so.

    To keep everyone safe and prevent your child’s class or school from closing:


    No one can ever promise with certainty that this terrible virus will never be inflicted upon you or upon those you love. All that can be promised is for us to do our upmost to provide the conditions that will mitigate its impact. Let us remind ourselves to give and accept grace, offer and receive forgiveness. Your continued engagement and cooperation as we maneuver through uncharted waters is sincerely appreciated.

    Respectfully,

    Kenneth R. Baca, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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  • 9/24/2020 - Important Calendar Change: No School October 2

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/24/2020

    Hello Madison Families,

    Important dates and reminders:

    September 30: Parent Survey Deadline

    If you have not completed the Parent & Guardian Survey, please check your email or contact your child's school for the link.

    October 2: No School (all students at-home & on-site)

    Madison School District Food and Nutrition Services Department will be offering free breakfast and lunch on October 2 from 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Madison Park Middle School; all other sites will be closed on this day.

    October 5-9: Fall Break (no school)

    Please note that all sites will be closed during fall break. There will be no breakfast and lunch service.

    Thank you for your continued support, patience, and cooperation. We value and appreciate you.

    Madison School District

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  • 9/23/2020 - COVID-19 Waiver, Release, and Assumption of Risk Form

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/23/2020

    Dear Madison Families,

    The safety and health of your child at school is our top priority.

    COVID-19 (also commonly known as coronavirus) is the worst threat to public health in the past 100 years. It is highly contagious and continues to spread quickly in Arizona. Unfortunately, we’ve seen that even when strict precautions are in place, some people still get sick.

    Our job is to work with you to help keep children and their educators healthy. We also want you to clearly understand the risks and what we’re doing about them, so you can make the best decision for your family.

    If your child will attend school in-person, we ask that you sign the waiver that was emailed to families. Please check your email or contact your child's school to access the COVID-19 waiver.

    Like many legal papers, it can be hard to understand and even a little worrisome. Below, we will explain the waiver and how it affects you.

    Although Madison is taking many steps to protect your child from the spread of COVID-19 (as outlined on our website at www.madisonaz.org/domain/290), it is impossible to reduce the risk to zero. As an example, a child may contract COVID-19 outside of school, show no symptoms at all, and unintentionally infect a classmate.

    By signing the waiver, you’re agreeing not to make a legal claim against the district if your child gets sick. It’s another way of acknowledging that no matter how hard we try, we cannot control every environmental variable.

    By signing the waiver, you’re also agreeing that when your child leaves home to attend class in-person, he or she is not sick and not running a fever. You are also agreeing to keep your child at home if they show any of these symptoms:

    • Fever of 100.4°F or higher
    • Chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Any other symptom of illness, whether or not you believe it’s related to COVID-19

    Finally, the waiver means that you are agreeing to keep your child at home if they have had a positive COVID-19 test.

    We know this is a difficult time and we are working hard to make many educational options available to you and keep you fully informed.

    Thank you in advance for doing your part to make sure every child stays safe and healthy.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 9/9/2020 - Hybrid Opening of School Update

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/9/2020

    Hello Madison Families,

    • Madison schools are set to open on October 12, 2020 with the hybrid model of instruction as long as there is not a dramatic increase in the spread of COVID-19.
    • Schools will open with the hybrid learning model of instruction: some students learning in-person at school and some students learning at-home online through December.
    • Schools will not open before October 12, 2020.
    • Each week, the Governing Board will meet to review the most recent city data via the Maricopa County Department of Public Health dashboard.
    • Families who wish to keep their children learning at-home online through December should complete the Google Form by this Friday, September 11. Click the following link to complete the Google Form: https://forms.gle/Li4FrrdH5bczsXXu5
    • The Madison School District encourages all students, families and employees to be tested for COVID-19 at Madison Park on either September 12 or September 19. Testing is completely free. Click here for more information and to schedule an appointment.

    Madison employees will continue to work diligently on hybrid learning plans. Schools will communicate site-specific information as soon as possible.

    When schools open with the hybrid model of instruction, each site will follow the District’s School Opening Plan (Mitigation Plan). Click here to read the document.

    Thank you for your continued patience. We look forward to providing a high quality hybrid learning model for Madison students.

    Madison School District

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  • 9/4/2020 - Free Meals for Children 18 and Younger

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/4/2020

    Starting Tuesday, September 8, 2020 until further notice, meals are free to all children 18 years of age and younger. Children do not have to be enrolled in a Madison school to receive a free meal. Families can pick up meals without their child present.

    To view the full menu, please visit our menus page.

    For more information, please visit our Food & Nutrition page.

    Face masks are required to pick up meals. Please maintain physical distancing while on campus.

    Families can pick up breakfast or lunch at any of the locations and times listed below:

    • No. 1: 8-9 AM & 11 AM-1 PM
    • Camelview: 7:30-8:30 AM & 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
    • Simis: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
    • Rose Lane: 11:00 AM-12 PM
    • Park: 10:30 AM-1:15 PM
    • Meadows: 8:00-8:30 AM & 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
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  • 9/4/2020 - Fall Break Camp Information

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/4/2020

    Community Education will not be offering a Fall Break camp this year. In an effort to help minimize students from mixing we believe this is the best choice for our families at this time.

    Fall break is October 5-9 and schools will be closed.

    We look forward to offering camp over Winter Break.

    We hope you take this time to get away from computers screens and enjoy time with your family.

    - Madison Community Education

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  • 9/2/2020 - At-Home Online Learning Sign-Up

    Posted by Madison Communications on 9/2/2020

    Hello Madison Families,

    As the District prepares to return to in-person learning, families will need to decide if their child(ren) will attend in-person instruction or learn online at home through December. Once a choice has been made, it is finalized and cannot be changed until the second semester.

    The District will have two options for students when school buildings open:

    1. In-person instruction
    2. Online at home instruction


    If you choose to send your child to school when it opens for in-person instruction, you will not need to complete the Google Form.

    If you choose at-home online learning, you will need to complete a Google Form to select that your child will be learning at-home online through December.

    School principals will be assigning teachers to teach online based on the number of students who select online learning.

    Schools will communicate a detailed schedule and plan once the online student numbers are finalized.

    Timeline:

    September 2-11: Parents have the opportunity to fill out the Google Form to select the at-home online learning option. If you are choosing to send your child in-person, you do not need to fill out this form.

    School will resume in-person when the benchmarks approved by the Governing Board are met. This date will be communicated as soon as the data indicates that it is safe to return.

    Please complete the Google From linked below by September 11 only if your child will learn online at home.

    Please complete a separate form for each child: https://forms.gle/cKMvwAemBg2oiAvY7

    Thank you for your support.

    Madison School District

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