7/15/2020 - School Opening Update

Posted by Madison Communications on 7/15/2020

Summary:

  • Special Governing Board Meeting, Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. to discuss and vote on delaying in-person learning until after Labor Day
  • All students will begin the school year online on August 11
  • Students who plan to attend school in-person DO NOT need to be registered for the Madison Virtual Academy to receive online learning.

Madison Parents and Families,

The difficult decisions that we have had to make in the past few months have been done with the health, safety and welfare of our students and employees in mind. We have adopted a school opening plan that is aligned with the CDC guidelines for reopening schools and a plan that had significant input from our Dr. Parents and school site task forces.

However, we now find ourselves in a very different place than where we were on June 30 when the plan was adopted. There continues to be wide community spread of the virus. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, all of our schools and bordering communities, as of July 14, are in the category with the widest community spread (greater than 250). Follow this link to view the Data Dashboard.

The CDC has updated their guidance to clarify mitigation strategies based on level of community transmission of COVID-19. It suggests additional strategies “…be considered when there is substantial transmission in the local community…” including the extension of school dismissals and offering distance learning.

Therefore, I am recommending to the Governing Board that we delay the opening of in-person learning until after Labor Day (official date TBD), begin online learning for all on August 11 as planned, and reevaluate where we are in the next two to three weeks. A special virtual Governing Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss and take action on these recommendations. On July 21 at 6:00 p.m., the public can access the link to the Governing Board meeting here: https://livestream.com/accounts/10632146

I understand that these are challenging times. This work is hard. It is difficult when we must consider modifying our course of action. Thank you for your support, patience and understanding as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff.

Respectfully,

Kenneth R. Baca, Ed.D.
Superintendent