As we approach the return to hybrid learning on Monday, February 22, I wish to take this opportunity to provide information, to give thanks and to ask for unity.
The District’s Mitigation Plan, along with school site-specific protocols, have been revised to align with the most current CDC guidelines. You can find those plans here.
While much of the guidance remains unchanged, it is important that everyone familiarizes themselves with each aspect of the Plan. If we are to minimize the number of classrooms and schools needing to quarantine, it is vital that mitigation protocols are followed.
I wish to thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to maneuver through this pandemic. I know that returning to virtual learning did not sit well with some of our families while doing so was supported by others. It is an issue that has caused division within the Madison community. My hope is that we can move forward from this situation with the understanding that what we all want is the best for everyone’s child, regardless of our position.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote, “Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
Because we love our children, may we put aside any ill-will or hateful feelings and look forward to a better day. May we be confident that while there were, are and will be disagreements, we can come back unified as one community and one school district that looks “…outward together in the same direction.” A direction of hope for each child’s success. A direction of understanding, forgiveness, empathy, kindness and compassion. If we each do that, together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. Because together, we are Madison!