8/20/2020 - Health Benchmarks To Be Approved By The Board On August 25, 2020 & Information on Virtual Learning Adjustments for Grades K-1

Posted by Madison Communications on 8/20/2020

Dear Madison Families,

I know this has been a challenging start to the school year for everyone. Some have found virtual learning to be better than expected and others have found it to be dreadful. While the first few half days allowed for adjustments to be made, it has become increasingly difficult for our youngest students. Thus, it begs the questions, “When will we return to in-person learning?” and “How can we reduce the amount of screen time for our younger children?”

At Tuesday's Special Governing Board meeting, it was decided to take action sooner, rather than later, on adopting the health benchmarks set by the Arizona Department of Health Services and/or the Maricopa County Public Health Department. The Madison physician parents who have been guiding the District will engage in a discussion with the Governing Board to help reach a decision as to what will trigger our ability to safely return to in-person instruction. The approved benchmarks may indicate that we should return to in-person instruction earlier than October. I urge all of you to watch the Board meeting on Tuesday, August 25, 6PM on Livestream.

This does not mean we should wait to make some necessary adjustments to virtual learning in kindergarten and first grade to reduce the amount of screen time. While each child and family situation is unique, I have asked our elementary principals to work with their K-1 teachers to decrease the online learning time for students and provide meaningful and fun independent work that does not require any screen time. I recognize that some students at all grade levels may be struggling with the distance learning; if your child, regardless of age, is struggling, please reach out to her/his teacher. I have asked principals to give teachers the liberty to make the needed adjustments for individual learners just as we would if a student was struggling in a non-virtual classroom.

We are all learning from these experiences. I know that we are all doing our very best. At times we succeed and at times we do not; but we will keep on trying for the sake of every child. Your continued involvement, understanding and patience are deeply appreciated.


Kenneth R. Baca, Ed.D. Superintendent