Madison News

March 26th, 2020

Greetings to all Madison families!

What a surprise this has been! I would not have guessed last August that our 4th nine weeks would be starting off in a quarantine. It is very quiet at school with no staff and no students. I hope things at home have been manageable this week. We have at least another two weeks to go with this stay at home and I suspect we will have more news about the rest of the year in another few days. Here are a few things to know about….

Learning Opportunities

The district has been working to create a one-stop online location called "The Hub" where you and your child can find a series of learning opportunities to do while at home. Nothing is required to complete. There is no homework to turn in. We know there is a lot of time to fill at home over these few weeks and as educators, we don’t like the idea of losing instructional time. The Hub will provide you with some ideas of things you can do with your child to help them think about school during the break.

Pella Community Schools will begin posting these online learning opportunities for all students beginning Monday, March 30.

To access the online learning opportunities, visit the Pella Schools COVID-19 page at:

When this site goes live. It will allow you to quickly navigate to a grade or building level and link to a variety of online learning opportunities for your students.

  • None of these lessons are required nor will they be graded. They are offered as a way to help students continue to grow during this time away from school.

  • Teachers will be available electronically to help your students if they have questions. This varies by building so please check the learning hub for details.

  • Lessons will be posted one week at a time for however long we need to do so. New lessons will go live each Monday.

Make-up Hours

Some are curious if we have to make up this time much like a snow day. The answer is no. The legislature granted permission to not make up school days through April 13, which was in accordance with the governor’s emergency proclamation. Governor Reynolds has been granted permission to lengthen that time frame if needed.


The district is providing free lunches to any student 18 years of age or younger. Lunches can be picked up at Lincoln, Jefferson or the High School. Madison is not a pick up location. Lunches are provided as a drive by. Families do not need to leave their vehicle when they come to pick up lunches. Just let the volunteer know how many lunches you need.

Social Distancing

Even though we are all sticking close to home, there will be times when your family is out and about. This is a good time to help little ones understand what social distancing is all about. There are lots of hugs at Madison throughout the week and when a student sees their teacher at the grocery store or Wal-Mart, their natural inclination will be to run up and give a hug. We need to help students know we need to slow down and think before acting.