Community update, December 11

Angela Smith, Superintendent

December 11, 2020

Dear Madison Community,

Thank you again for your efforts during this period of remote learning. I know for the families that have had to make the switch to remote learning this has been a challenge. As of this writing the plan is for our students to return to in-person instruction for those who have selected that option on Monday, January 11. Second semester will begin remotely for all students on January 6. This will allow for any post holiday exposure to the virus to settle down and hopefully allow us to stay in school the remainder of the year. The district wants this as much as the community does.

While the county has gone back to the Level 3/Red as announced yesterday, there is still significant spread of the virus in our county. The goal is to slow the spread so that we can adequately staff our buildings and provide a safe learning environment for our students. As I mentioned in my last update, we still have staff who have tested positive for the virus or are in a household with someone who is positive. Both of these situations pose staffing challenges.
While moving to Level 3/Red is the right direction, it is not a time for us to let up in our efforts to mitigate the virus. As the Governor announced yesterday in his Stay Safe Ohio Protocol we need to do everything in our power to ensure the numbers do not rise anymore. We have posted on our website the Stay Safe Ohio Protocols as a reminder of what we need to do to open our schools and keep them open.

In terms of athletics our teams will resume practices the week of December 21 working in small pods. We want to ensure our students are properly conditioned in order to resume competition in January. For our athletes more details will be forthcoming from their coaches.
I want to continue to recognize the work of our staff during this pandemic. Our Nutrition Services staff have adjusted hours to ensure families can receive meals. Our custodial and maintenance staff continue to keep our buildings clean and open. Our support staff are working to ensure families get what they need whether it is help with technology or an answer to a question. Our teachers and administrators are working hard to ensure that our students are getting the best education possible under these ever-changing circumstances.
Finally, I want to thank the community for their generous spirit helping those in needs throughout this holiday sea- son. We have had many community members reach out and help our students have a gift under the tree or food on the table. The generosity of our community makes Madison special.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will be sending out one more update before the Winter Break. #MadisonStrong!

Angela Smith Superintendent


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