7/15/2021 - Update from the Superintendent

Posted by Madison Communications on 7/15/2021

Madison Families,

As a school community, we have been through a lot together over the past year and a half. The patience, respect, compassion and advocacy shown by many of you is a testament to the care we all have for the academic, physical, social and emotional well-being of our students.

From the beginning of the pandemic, the Governing Board and District were committed to following the CDC guidelines as we maneuvered through this life changing event. Whether or not one agrees with the CDC, following their recommendations allows Madison to implement mitigation practices that are clear and consistent.

While the CDC updated their recommendations on July 9 to promote in-person learning with prevention strategies, Arizona House Bill 2898 (HB 2898) was signed into law on June 30. HB 2898 prohibits a “… school district governing board or charter governing body from requiring the use of face coverings by students or staff during school hours and on school property.”

Because State law prohibits school districts from mandating face coverings, Madison will not be able to follow CDC recommendations in their entirety. The District will be updating the Mitigation Plan accordingly and will share this information by the end of next week.

As each family must make their decisions regarding masks and vaccinations, I urge each family to seriously consider recommendations from their personal physician, the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Following the recommended prevention strategies, including the use of a face covering by those who are not vaccinated, will help to minimize the need to quarantine large groups of students throughout the school year, allow for more parent volunteers on campus and provide protection to students, staff and campus visitors. Based on this update, for any family who wishes to enroll their 3rd – 8th grade child in the Madison Virtual Academy (MVA) until their child is fully vaccinated, we will accommodate your request. If you are open enrolled in a Madison school, we will hold your spot if you decide to temporarily enroll in MVA.

Whatever families decide to do regarding face coverings during school, Madison will do everything possible to ensure that no student is harassed or intimidated based on his/her decision to wear or not to wear a mask. I ask for your support in respecting each family’s right to choose without fear of retribution.

To those who have trusted Madison throughout this pandemic, we will continue to do our best to preserve your trust. To those who have lost faith in us, we will do all that we can to restore your trust. Madison will do so in a respectful, kind and dignified manner. I humbly ask the same from you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kenneth R. Baca