1/13/2021 - Metrics for Returning to Hybrid Learning

Posted by Madison Communications on 1/13/2021

January 13, 2021

Good afternoon Madison Families,

Last night, the Governing Board updated the metrics that the District will use to determine when to return to hybrid learning (in-person and at-home learning). The Governing Board approved to continue to use the City of Phoenix data and return to hybrid learning when two benchmarks (e.g., cases, percent positivity and COVID like illness) are in the yellow (moderate category). The Board also decided that one of these yellow categories must be cases per 100,000.

Madison will be partnering with Dr. Richard Gerkin, a research associate professor at Arizona State University, who has been analyzing COVID-19 data trends. Dr. Gerkin will review the most up-to-date data regarding cases per 100,000 and provide updates to the Governing Board. This allows the Board to use data that are available without the current delay of data released by the health departments; therefore, this could return the District to hybrid much sooner than if the District waited for the health departments to publicly release their data.

Madison is committed to returning to hybrid learning, but as indicated by the most recent City of Phoenix data, the District is still in the red (substantial category). Madison will continue with at-home online learning until two of the metrics (one being cases per 100,000) are in the yellow (moderate category).

COVID-19 DATA FOR THE CITY OF PHOENIX

Released January 7, 2021 (for the week of Dec. 20, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 505.59 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 21.25% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 12.90% (red)

Prior week's data (for the week of Dec. 13, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 560.15 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 18.99% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 12.80% (red)

The Governing Board will review the metrics at the January 19 meeting to determine if students can return to hybrid learning on January 25. Students will only return to hybrid learning once two metrics (one being cases per 100,000) are in the moderate (yellow) category.

If you would like your child to continue learning online at home through the third quarter (once students return to hybrid learning) please fill out the At-Home Online Learning sign-up form. The deadline has been extended until further notice. To access the form, visit madisonaz.org/onlinelearningsignup.

We appreciate your ongoing support. We will continue to communicate with you as soon as we receive updated information.

Respectfully,

Madison School District