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.