12/15/2021 - Upcoming Mitigation Plan Changes

Posted by Madison Communications on 12/15/2021

Madison Parents and Families,

As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, I wish to thank you for your continued patience and understanding. I know how difficult this has been on our students, families and community. 

I want to brief you on two major updates that will be made to our Mitigation Plan once we return from Winter Break.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

Beginning January 3, we will welcome parents who wish to volunteer back on campus. Our volunteers will need to wear masks but will be allowed to assist our schools. I know that our teachers are especially excited to welcome you back and appreciate all of your assistance. 

QUARANTINES: MASKED TEST-TO-STAY PROGRAM

Madison has been working closely with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health on a Masked Test-to-Stay Pilot Program. This pilot mirrors many of the programs being implemented in other cities, counties and states. We recognize that student at-home quarantines need to be minimized yet managed safely. For the academic and social/emotional well-being of students, they need to be in school.

While the final results are not expected until later this month or early January, based on the preliminary results of our pilot, we will be expanding this program to all schools upon our return from Winter Break (January 3). Here is what this means.

  1. If a masked student is exposed to a masked or unmasked individual with COVID they will be able to stay in school during the 10-day quarantine period under the following conditions:
    • Fully Vaccinated: remain asymptomatic and wear a mask throughout the quarantine period.
    • Have Tested Positive for COVID Within the Past 90 Days: remain asymptomatic and wear a mask throughout the quarantine period.
    • Unvaccinated and Have Not Opted Out of the Mask Requirement: Obtain parent consent to participate in the program, continue to wear a mask, Remain Asymptomatic, test negative as soon as the exposure is identified, test negative on days 5 and 7 of the quarantine period.
  2. If a student has an existing mask opt-out in place, they can still participate in the program but must:
    • Obtain parent consent to participate.
    • Wear a mask throughout the quarantine period.
    • Remain asymptomatic.
    • Test negative each day of the quarantine period.
  3. Students who do not participate in the program, or who violate the parameters of the program, will quarantine at-home.

The Mitigation Plan will be updated and posted to our website on January 3, 2022.

On behalf of our Governing Board and employees, thank you for choosing Madison. I hope that the season of Christmas, Hanukkah and each holiday celebrated brings joy and good health. May each of us find peace within our heart and family, and peace throughout our Madison community, nation and world.  Have a safe and restful Winter Break!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Kenneth R. Baca
Superintendent