COVID-19 Information & Updates

  • 7/28/21 K-1-2 Remote Learning Option

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/28/2021

    July 28, 2021

    Hello Madison Elementary School Families,

    In order to support our kindergarten, first and second grade families concerned about the increase in COVID cases, the Madison School District will offer a remote learning option for kindergarten, first and second grade students.

    The K-1-2 remote option will focus on core content area learning and will be led by a Madison certified teacher. (The remote option for K-1-2 is not the same as the Madison Virtual Academy, offered to students in grades 3-8. Signature Programs will not be included with the K-1-2 remote learning option).

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

    We hope that this remote option will provide support to our families during this time of constant change and uncertainty. We know that you have questions and we will communicate with you as soon as the K-1-2 remote plans are finalized. District and school administration will be meeting this week to finalize the program.

    We thank you for your patience. We will communicate updates with you as soon as possible.

    Thank you,

    Madison School District

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  • 7/27/21 Check-In Day Reminder & Mitigation Plan Updates

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/27/2021

    Good evening Madison Families,

    Check-In Days Update

    The Check-In process for the 2021-2022 school year is off to a great start! Thank you for taking the time to complete this online process.

    To complete your child’s “check-in” online on the date listed below, please visit www.madisonaz.org/Page/457  

    July 27, 2021- New Student, Kindergarten, and 5th Grade Check-In (not including new MTA families)

    July 28 & 29, 2021 - Returning Student Check-In (all returning families)

    Mitigation Plan Update

    Please take a moment to review the District and school Mitigation Plans prior to the start of the school year.

    IF YOUR CHILD RIDES THE BUS: New information has been added to the Mitigation Plan. This update pertains only to students who ride the bus.

    The Mitigation Plans can be accessed on the District website at www.madisonaz.org/Page/458 

    Thank you for your continued support as we prepare for the start of the new year. Please continue to check your email for updates from the District and your child’s school. We can’t wait to start learning on Tuesday, August 10!

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 7/22/2021 Mitigation Plan Update

    Posted by Communications Department on 7/22/2021

    Good afternoon Madison Families,

    The first day of school is Tuesday, August 10, 2021. We are excited to start the 21-22 school year!

    Before the start of school, we ask that you review the updated District and school Mitigation Plans. The Mitigation Plans can be accessed on the District website at www.madisonaz.org/Page/458  

    Additionally, Check-In Days will be ONLINE July 27-29. You will complete your child's "Check-In” online on the day listed below:  

    July 27- New Students to Madison, Kindergarten, and 5th Grade Check-In (excluding MTA families).

    July 28-29- Returning Student Check-In (all schools)

    For more information about Check-In Days visit www.madisonaz.org/Page/457

    Please continue to check your email for updates from the District and your child’s school.

    Thank you. We look forward to learning with our students in-person and virtually!

    Respectfully,

    Madison School District

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  • 7/15/2021 - Update from the Superintendent

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/15/2021

    Madison Families,

    As a school community, we have been through a lot together over the past year and a half. The patience, respect, compassion and advocacy shown by many of you is a testament to the care we all have for the academic, physical, social and emotional well-being of our students.

    From the beginning of the pandemic, the Governing Board and District were committed to following the CDC guidelines as we maneuvered through this life changing event. Whether or not one agrees with the CDC, following their recommendations allows Madison to implement mitigation practices that are clear and consistent.

    While the CDC updated their recommendations on July 9 to promote in-person learning with prevention strategies, Arizona House Bill 2898 (HB 2898) was signed into law on June 30. HB 2898 prohibits a “… school district governing board or charter governing body from requiring the use of face coverings by students or staff during school hours and on school property.”

    Because State law prohibits school districts from mandating face coverings, Madison will not be able to follow CDC recommendations in their entirety. The District will be updating the Mitigation Plan accordingly and will share this information by the end of next week.

    As each family must make their decisions regarding masks and vaccinations, I urge each family to seriously consider recommendations from their personal physician, the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

    Following the recommended prevention strategies, including the use of a face covering by those who are not vaccinated, will help to minimize the need to quarantine large groups of students throughout the school year, allow for more parent volunteers on campus and provide protection to students, staff and campus visitors. Based on this update, for any family who wishes to enroll their 3rd – 8th grade child in the Madison Virtual Academy (MVA) until their child is fully vaccinated, we will accommodate your request. If you are open enrolled in a Madison school, we will hold your spot if you decide to temporarily enroll in MVA.

    Whatever families decide to do regarding face coverings during school, Madison will do everything possible to ensure that no student is harassed or intimidated based on his/her decision to wear or not to wear a mask. I ask for your support in respecting each family’s right to choose without fear of retribution.

    To those who have trusted Madison throughout this pandemic, we will continue to do our best to preserve your trust. To those who have lost faith in us, we will do all that we can to restore your trust. Madison will do so in a respectful, kind and dignified manner. I humbly ask the same from you.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Kenneth R. Baca

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  • 7/1/2021 Update Regarding Face Coverings

    Posted by Madison Communications on 7/1/2021

    Good morning Madison Families,

    Last night, Governor Ducey signed a bill relaxing requirements for face coverings. This means that face coverings are no longer required for students or staff, effective July 1, 2021.

    However, Madison still strongly encourages the use of face coverings when inside District schools and buildings. This mitigation strategy will help avoid large quarantines in the event that there is a positive case on campus and protect those who have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated or who have a medical condition that prevents them from being vaccinated.  

    Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

    Madison School District

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  • 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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