12/16/2020 - Important Information Regarding Hybrid Learning

Posted by Madison Communications on 12/16/2020

Madison Families,

I recognize the stress, hardship and anxiety that we have endured since March. Difficult decisions have needed to be made without unanimous agreement. At a Special Governing Board meeting last night, the Board approved an aspirational date of returning K-8 students to hybrid learning.

  • If the COVID metrics indicate it is safe to do so, K-8 grade students could return to hybrid learning on January 25, 2021 (virtual learning will continue when we return from winter break on January 4, 2021).
  • On January 12, 2021, the Governing Board will meet to look at trend data to discuss and possibly decide on the official metrics that will be used to return K-8 students to hybrid learning.

I wish to emphasize that January 25 is an aspirational date and may be pushed back to a later date if the trend data continue to indicate substantial community spread of the virus. After the winter break, the Governing Board will meet as often as necessary to monitor the metrics.

Once we return to hybrid learning, we will need to make sure we can continue to safely operate our schools and limit returning individual schools to virtual learning as a result of multiple COVID cases. Each school will be meeting with their site teams of staff and parents for planning purposes to assist with this endeavor. Many parents have asked what they can do to make sure schools operate safely. Here is what we need.

By the time we return to hybrid learning, we need between 20-30 new substitutes. If you are able to obtain your substitute certificate, please consider applying in Madison. You can find more information here: https://madisonaz.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=34 Questions regarding guest (substitute) teacher applications can be directed to the Human Resources Department at (602) 664-7900.

While school districts have different learning models, the one thing every school district has in common is that people are disappointed, disheartened and angry; some of these people are hostile and overtly/passively aggressive toward members of the Board, administration and/or teachers. Whether districts have in-person, hybrid or virtual learning models, families and staff are either upset or pleased.

While the vast majority of those in Madison have been able to communicate their disagreements in a dignified and respectful manner, there are some who choose to use harsh and hateful words via social media and through direct communication. As a Madison community, we are better than that. We can agree to disagree without being disagreeable and without being hateful. We must applaud the efforts of our teachers for their hard work and dedication to every child.

As we celebrate the holidays, let us keep in mind the spirit of the season. Let us find time to reconcile, offer and accept forgiveness, and choose to be civil when we disagree. My hope is that we can heal from this experience and be a stronger community as a result. I continue to believe in the goodness that resides in the hearts of our Madison family.

May you each have a safe, joyous and peaceful winter break!

Kenneth R. Baca, Ed.D.