COVID-19 Information - Madison School District

COVID-19 Information & Updates

This page contains the most updated and current information from Madison School District regarding the COVID-19 school closures. Information is removed from this page when updated information becomes available.

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3/30/2020 – School Closure Extension

Dear Madison Families,

This morning, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman announced the closure of schools through the end of this school year. You can view Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman’s open letter to Arizona families, educators, school leaders and education community members here. Online learning opportunities will continue to be available and we encourage our students to remain virtually connected with their teachers and peers. School campuses have contacted families regarding computer needs.

District administration will continue to discuss how we can best meet the social, emotional and academic needs of our students throughout the duration of the closure. We understand that this extension is difficult for our families. If you need additional support, please reach out to your school. We have social workers who are available to connect with your family. Please also visit our website at madisonaz.org/covid-19-information along with Madison School District’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for information and resources. These outlets provide information on local resources for families as well as how to support our Madison small businesses during this time.

Madison employees will continue to work during the closure to ensure that we meet the needs of every student. Please remember that Madison School District Food and Nutrition Services will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under at the Madison Camelview Elementary campus (2002 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016) and Madison Rose Lane campus (1155 E Rose Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85014). Children do not have to attend a Madison School District school in order to receive a free meal. This is a grab-and-go style pick up where each child can receive a sack lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be available for pick up between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We understand the stress and anxiety surrounding the extension of school closures. We will continue to support our community in any way that we can. Thank you for your understanding, patience and support as we continue to navigate this unprecedented time together.

Respectfully,

Madison School District

3/27/2020 – Legislation Signed to Support Schools During Closures

Today, Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation to support schools during closures. Read more information about the signed legislation here. Please note that the information regarding statewide testing is incorrect. Statewide assessment for 2019-2020 will be waived.

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. We will continue to provide updates as we receive new information.

3/26/2020 At-Home Learning Information

3/26/2020 Letter from the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services (PDF) English | Spanish

Dear Madison Parents and Families,

As you are aware, Governor Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Hoffman extended school closures through April 10. Since the initial school closures were announced, Madison staff has been working to create a remote learning solution that will address the diverse needs of our students. We sincerely appreciate the patience and support of our families as we work to ensure the delivery of high quality, continuous, remote learning opportunities.

Teachers have already been reaching out to their students and have shared their excitement in connecting with them. While the teachers have already been providing learning opportunities, beginning Wednesday, April 1, learning opportunities will be provided through a Google Classroom set up by the teacher. We understand that monitoring remote learning puts an additional burden on our families. For that reason, we are concentrating on delivering the most essential learning. Our Curriculum & Instruction team, including instructional coaches and teachers, are creating lesson guides for language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies that are reliable, meaningful, and accessible. Your child’s teachers will be adapting/ modifying/ extending/ or supplementing these guides to meet the individual needs of the class. Teachers from other content areas, including encore courses, will communicate those learning opportunities.

  • Beginning April 1, parents and students will be able to access the Google Classroom set up by the individual teacher. This platform will provide the information required to easily access remote learning and to contact the teacher.
  • Teachers will be reaching out directly to students and parents to communicate about educational activities that are specific to a subject or class/course. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher, please email the teacher and please update your contact information in PowerSchool.
  • These learning opportunities will be used to enhance learning. Teachers will provide feedback about the learning activities, but there will not be “official” grading. For any long-term projects/assignments previously assigned, your child’s teacher will communicate the new expectations.
  • Decisions for semester grades and final year grades will be made as we have more information on the length of the closure.
  • School campuses will be reaching out to families to address computer device needs, as appropriate. Principals will communicate with families regarding the distribution of paper materials to those without internet access.

Please be assured that our mission to foster success for all through dynamic, engaging, and relevant learning experiences focusing on students’ academic, social, and emotional growth continues. Do not worry about your child regressing in their academics. When we are back in the classroom, rest assured that our extraordinary Madison teachers and staff will course correct to meet individual student learning needs. The check-ins by teachers and staff throughout the school closure will provide academic, social, and emotional support.

We are committed to keeping our parents and families as up to date as possible. Please continue to check your email for frequent updates and communication from your child’s teachers.

Sincerely,
Barbara Marshall
Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services

3/25/2020 – Free Meals for Children Also Available at Madison Rose Lane

Beginning 3/26/2020 our current free meal program for children will be expanded to include Madison Rose Lane as an additional pick-up site.

Madison Food and Nutrition Services will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under at the Madison Camelview campus (2002 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016) and Madison Rose Lane campus (1155 E Rose Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85014). Children do not have to attend a Madison School District school in order to receive a free meal. This will be a grab-and-go style pick up where each child can receive a sack lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be available for pick up between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday – Friday.

3/24/2020 – Update on Summer Program Registrations

Registration for Madison’s summer programs (Summer Camp and Kindergarten Readiness) will be temporarily postponed while we evaluate the unknowns of the remainder of this school year.

As soon as we have updates, families will be notified by email.  We will also update the EZ Child Track Parent Portal Page, the District website and social media.

Thank you for your continued support and patience.

The Community Education Team

3/20/2020 – Updated Information on School Closures, At-Home Learning Opportunities and Free Meals for Children

Dear Madison Families,

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through this unprecedented time together. Today, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced an extension of the statewide school closure through April 10, 2020. You can view Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman’s open letter to Arizona families, educators, school leaders and education community members here.

District leadership will continue to develop plans to support our community during the closure. Communication regarding at-home learning opportunities will be available next week. Additionally, beginning Monday, March 23, Madison Food and Nutrition Services will provide free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under at the Madison Camelview campus. Children do not have to attend a Madison School District school in order to receive a free meal. This will be a grab-and-go style pick up where each child can receive a sack lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be available for pick up between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday – Friday at 2002 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016.

We know that you have many questions surrounding the impact of school closures. We will continue to update you via email, website and social media channels as we receive additional information.

We want you to know that the District has been working diligently to ensure that we meet the needs of our students, staff and families during this time. We recognize that you have very real concerns for your family’s health and student’s education. During this challenging time, know that we are here for you. We are grateful for you and appreciate our Madison community.

With gratitude,

Madison School District

3/16/2020 Community Education Childcare Update

Beginning Monday, March 23, Community Education will be offering childcare for healthcare professionals and first responders ONLY. In order to ensure that we have the resources needed to support our families, please fill out the following Google Form with your information. https://forms.gle/fFEHv4dfXuFXQeU89

Families who qualify for childcare based on occupation (e.g., first responders and healthcare professionals) should complete the Google Form no later than noon on Wednesday, March 18.  Childcare will be offered at a discounted rate of $30 per day.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at ceinfo@madisoned.org. Please be aware that Community Education will require proof of profession at the time of drop-off.  In order to maintain a healthy environment for our students and staff, please consider other options prior to enrolling your child.  If other arrangements can be made, children should stay home.

The safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority. During operating hours, we will continue to stress the importance of proper hygiene procedures. Classrooms will be cleaned thoroughly each day and high touch surfaces will continue to be sanitized. The District will also provide hand sanitizer stations that will be utilized by students and staff.

We understand that this is a time of stress and anxiety. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to support our families who are responding to and helping our community during this time of need. Thank you.


Letters from the Superintendent & District


Community Resources & Information


How will we be communicating important information to families?

Families will receive official communications from the district in the following ways:

  • Email communications from the district sent to the email address on file in PowerSchool
  • Autodial phone messages to the phone number on file in PowerSchool
  • Updates on the Madison website
  • Updates on our official social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram