SPECIAL UPDATE - APRIL 3, 2021
April - School Library Month
April 16 - Quarter 3 Report Cards Mailed Home
April 17 - Mesa College Virtual Open House - 9:00 AM (see more info in this Newsletter)
Phase 2 Update - Message from Principal Seaton
Dear Madison Families,
We hope you have all enjoyed your Spring Break. On behalf of our outstanding educators, incredible support staff, and our administrative team, I am thrilled to share with you the details of our planning for the classroom reopening on April 12th. I am equally proud of the work our team has done to maintain a robust online option for families who have chosen that option. No matter the model, we are determined to help each and every student finish the academic year feeling strong and excited about their future.
We recognize the weeks ahead will be both exciting and challenging. Despite all our planning over the past year, there will be surprises no one anticipated, and we will need the goodwill and support of everyone to get through these challenges together. Most of all, we recognize students may be facing complex emotions, as they prepare to re-engage with friends they have not seen in months. Counselors have been specially trained to help students cope, and they will have plenty of tools to help students work through their feelings and learn to love school again.
April 5 - 9
Please note that from April 5th-9th, students will have 2 hours of live synchronous instruction and 2 hours of asynchronous instruction. Teachers will be preparing their classrooms this week and engaged in training and preparation for our students' return to campus. In order to not cause disruption and confusion for this last week of the quarter, all period start times will remain the same April 5 - 9. Teachers may elect to dismiss the students each period after forty minutes of synchronous instruction or choose to offer additional minutes of live instruction based on curriculum and student instructional needs. With that being said, we hope you and your family will take time to prepare for a safe classroom reopening.
At Madison, we have nearly 50% of our students returning for on site instruction on April 12th. This week our staff continues to prepare for a safe return. In order to ensure that all students and staff remain safe, all safety procedures must be followed. Health and safety procedures and guidelines will be addressed this week with those families of students returning to the site on April 12th for on-site learning. Thank you for your continued support and patience.
Family Survey: All families will receive notification soon confirming your students learning model (online or on-site) based on the family survey conducted prior to Spring Break. Parents who selected online learning for their student or did not submit the survey, are not able to change to onsite at this time due to the number of students that did request onsite learning. For planning purposes, we needed to know exactly how many of our families would be returning and we planned accordingly to accommodate the number of confirmed students while observing current health and safety guidelines.
April 12 through June
We’d like to take this time to review with all families and students the schedule that will begin on April 12th for both online and on-site learners.
Onsite instruction will take place starting on April 12th, Monday through Thursday for those who selected that option before Spring Break. Students who elected to remain online, will receive live/synchronous learning via zoom during the regularly scheduled periods noted below.
On Fridays, all students will check in with their teachers during a 30 minute advisory period through zoom. Asynchronous work will be provided for the remainder of the day.
All students (both online and on-site) will follow the bell schedule provided below Monday through Friday.
Here are 10 things you can do to prepare:
1. Have an age-appropriate conversation with your student about why your family chose the hybrid model or the online option. Students may have friends who made a different decision, and it is important for students to understand every choice deserves to be respected.
2. Practice proper hygiene. Remind students to thoroughly wash their hands for enough time to kill all germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends scrubbing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
3. Practice wearing a mask. Masks will be required when students return to campus, and they are still recommended every time you leave the house. Students should practice covering both their nose and mouth with a snug but comfortable mask.
4. Review the rules on physical distancing. As much as friends may wish to greet each other warmly on campus next week, everyone must keep a respectful distance between themselves and other students. Remind your students about these rules for everyone’s safety.
5. Help your student prepare for the new school lunch program. For the remainder of the school year, meals will be provided to all students at no cost but students will not be able to sit together to eat unless they are able to maintain 6 feet of distance. Explain this to your students and practice a few times to make them feel comfortable.
6. Confirm your transportation plans with the school staff. Busses will be running modified schedules and routes, so review your plans to get to school on time.
7. Take time to learn the new entry points for school and the rules on lining up by the gate. These rules are in place to minimize the chance of Covid-19 coming onto campus from the surrounding community.
8. Check in with your students to measure their emotional health. Returning to the classroom after a year can be as emotionally difficult as starting school all over again for the first time. Counselors will be available to help, but you can make things easier by talking with your students about their feelings.
9. Remember to share your plans with the school staff. Starting on April 12, additional after school programs may be available as we are exploring intervention opportunities and on campus learning labs for students outside of the regularly scheduled morning session. More information will be coming soon with an opportunity to request the additional after school on-site learning opportunity for your student.
10. Talk to your student’s teachers. Think of April 12 as the start of a whole new experience for your student. It is also the start of our 4th quarter. Remember to share with your teacher how your student has been coping during the past year. Share your goals for your student for the remainder of the school year.
Additional information will be sent out this week. We are looking forward to an exciting and productive end of the school year for all our students, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.
OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES
Food Boxes at Curbside Grab N' Go Locations
Madison High School is a Grab n' Go meal location.
Grab n’ go meals are available for free to all children Monday-Friday from noon-2 p.m. at 77 locations!
Extra grocery items available (while supplies last) at Madison this Friday, April 9th.