COVID-19 Information & Updates

  • 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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  • 8/23/2021 - Batch Testing Information

    Posted by Madison Communications on 8/23/2021

    August 23, 2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    Madison schools will once again offer batch testing in our classrooms. Batch testing will take place every Tuesday.

    If you would like your child to participate in the next round of testing, please complete the consent form located in PowerSchool. If you completed the form last school year, you will need to complete the consent form again for the 21-22 school year. If you have already completed this form during the 21-22 Check-In Days, you do not need to complete it again.

    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.

    Participation is optional. If you do not want your child to participate, please do not fill out the form. If you change your mind about participating, and would like to opt out for the remainder of the school year, please contact your child’s school.

    With the increase in COVID-19 cases, we know that you may have questions regarding batch testing. Below, please find answers to common questions:

    What happens if a batch result comes back positive?

    • All students in the positive batch will be quarantined until they
      • Test negative for COVID-19 OR
      • Test positive for COVID-19 and remain home for 10 days OR
      • Do not test for COVID-19 and quarantine for 10 days

    If there is a positive result, will other students in the class need to quarantine?

    If my child did not participate in batch testing, but it is determined that they need to quarantine, when can they return to school?

    • Students can return to school once contact tracing has been completed and it is determined that they have not been in close contact with the positive individual.
    • If it is determined that your child was in close contact with the positive individual, your child will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure (this includes Saturdays and Sundays). Your child will also have the option to test for COVID-19 5 or more days after exposure and, if the result is negative, return no earlier than 7 days after exposure.

    If there is a positive individual in my child’s classroom, but it is determined that my child does not have to quarantine, do I have the option to keep them home?

    • Yes, all families will be strongly encouraged to monitor their child for symptoms and will have the option to keep their child home out of an abundance of caution.

    Accessing the consent form:

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

     Form 1

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

     Form 2

    Then, sign the form:

     Form 3

    Thank you for your support. By proactively testing students and staff, Madison will be able to identify positive cases and quickly take action.

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

     

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  • 8/13/2021 - Mitigation Plan Update

    Posted by Madison Communications on 8/13/2021

    August 13, 2021

    Madison Families,

    It is great to see our students in schools! The first week has been eventful and the challenges that come with the first week of school will hopefully smooth over soon.

    As previously communicated on August 6, 2021, Madison instituted a face covering requirement through September 29, 2021 or until the court in the Phoenix Union case ruled otherwise. The District offered an opt out option to this requirement. We will continue to honor the requests from families who chose to opt out of the face cover requirement.

    However, we are now limiting this option for any new requests as outlined in our updated Mitigation PlanThis is only for new requests. Those families who have already submitted a signed opt out form need not do anything more. Again, Madison will continue to honor your choice.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Baca

     

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  • 8/11/2021 - COVID-19 Testing Locations

    Posted by Madison Communications on 8/11/2021

    August 11, 2021

    Good afternoon Madison Families,

    As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, and community spread is in the high transmission/red category, it is our priority to provide resources to help protect our community.

    There has been an increase in children testing positive due to non-school activities within the community.

    In an effort to prioritize the health and safety of our students, and limit the need to quarantine within our schools, we have compiled a list of testing locations within our community:

    1. Banner Urgent Care (7th St & Cave Creek)
    2. CVS Pharmacy (10 E. Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020)
    3. Desert Mission Health Center (9201 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020)
    4. Sonora Quest Laboratories at Crossroads United Methodist Church (7901 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020)

    For additional testing locations, families can call the COVID Hotline at 211 or visit

    Maricopa County Department of Public Health: https://www.maricopa.gov/5588/COVID-19-Testing 

    or

    Arizona Department of Health Services: https://azdhs.gov/covid19/index.php#everyone-get-tested 

    We strongly urge the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of this virus and to limit any preventable quarantines of individuals, classrooms or schools. We thank you for your cooperation and support.

    Madison School District

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  • 8/6/2021 Letter from Superintendent & Mitigation Plan Update

    Posted by Madison Communications on 8/6/2021

    August 6, 2021

    Madison Families,

    We all are aware about the ongoing issue prohibiting mandatory face coverings in schools for students and staff. The prohibition against requiring a face covering during school hours or on school property was included in the budget bill passed by the legislature on June 30, 2021. As such, Madison removed the face covering mandate from its Mitigation Plan.

    Last week, the Phoenix Union High School District imposed a face covering mandate for students and staff and argued in court earlier this week that under the Arizona State Constitution, Article 4, part 1, Section 3, that legislation is not “operative” until September 29, 2021 (90 days after the close of the legislative session):

    “to allow opportunity for referendum petitions, no act passed by the legislature shall be operative for ninety days after the close of the session of the legislature enacting such measureexcept such as require earlier operation to preserve the public peace, health, or safety, or to provide appropriations for the support and maintenance of the departments of the state and of state institutionsprovided, that no such emergency measure shall be considered passed by the legislature unless it shall state in a separate section why it is necessary that it shall become immediately operative, and shall be approved by the affirmative votes of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the legislature, taken by roll call of ayes and nays, and also approved by the governor” (Bold, italics and underlining added).

    The legislature did not pass the prohibition on requiring face coverings by a two-thirds vote, nor was the required separate section stating why it was necessary included.  Instead, the legislature included a clause attempting to make the prohibition on face coverings “retroactive” to June 30, 2021.  Whether the retroactivity clause is effective or authorized by A.R.S. § 1-244 is currently the subject of ongoing litigation.  As of today there is no definitive determination that there is any law currently in effect prohibiting a school district requiring face coverings, or that the attempt to make it retroactive is enforceable. 

    The Madison Governing Board and I take very seriously our duty to abide by the constitution and laws of the State of Arizona. As such, we have consulted and obtained advice from our legal counsel and will proceed in the following manner.

    Madison will update its Mitigation Plan requiring face coverings for students and staff through September 29, 2021 with a limited opt out option. If the court in the Phoenix Union case rules otherwise, we will update our Mitigation Plan accordingly. You may opt your child out of this requirement by contacting your school’s health office to obtain the necessary form.

    As a reminder, the deadline to sign up for MVA (grades 3-8) or our K-2 Remote Learning Program is today at 5:00 PM. Students who attend in-person and who need to quarantine as a result of a COVID exposure will not have either as an option; there is no hybrid learning as was done last school year if students need to quarantine.

    I recognize that there will be those who want Madison to go further and others who believe we are going too far. This decision is based on balancing CDC guidelines with the advice given to us by legal counsel. It is also based on attempting to limit the disruptions to learning by implementing mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of the virus and to limit the number of quarantines as a result of being infected or exposed. I ask for your compassion, grace and understanding as we are doing our very best to navigate the District through these challenging times.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Baca

     

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  • 8/4/2021 K-1-2 Remote Learning & MVA Sign-Up Deadline

    Posted by Madison Communications on 8/4/2021

    August 4, 2021

    Hello Madison Families,

    As we previously shared with you, the Madison School District will offer a remote learning option for kindergarten, first and second grade students as well as the Madison Virtual Academy for students in grades 3-8.

    The deadline to enroll in the K-1-2 remote learning option and the MVA is this Friday, August 6 at 5:00 p.m.

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

    Please complete the following form if you would like your child to attend the K-1-2 Remote Learning option: https://forms.gle/bdLYfdvumwLRZdJm8

    Please visit www.madisonaz.org/domain/347 to enroll your third through eighth grade student in the Madison Virtual Academy.

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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