January 28, 2022
Dear Madison Community,
I hope this letter finds you well. We made it through a full week of school, and we are back in the routine. The second half of the school year will fly by. Conferences are underway for the second semester. Families have the option of either in-person or online conferences. Check with your child’s building for more information.
A question we are getting often is when will next year’s calendar be available? We are working on this right now. We will have the first reading of our two-year calendar on February 15, 2022. The Board will approve the final version at the April 5, 2022 Board meeting. A lot goes into putting a school calendar together. Over the last several years we have tried to build some consistency around starting dates and spring break. Winter Break varies based on when the holidays fall. If you have specific questions regarding the school calendar, please feel free to email me.
February is Love the Bus Month. Now more than ever, our drivers are crucial. All over the country, districts are facing driver shortages. We have been fortunate through these tumultuous times that we have been able to get students to school and back home, and to accommodate all the athletic trips that our district has scheduled. This is not a small feat. While nothing is perfect, I want to applaud the staff at CBS for ensuring our students have a ride to school each and every day. For more information on Love the Bus, go to http://www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org/love-the-bus/.
This past week, we have received new information regarding contact tracing and what is required of schools. We will no longer be contact tracing individual cases. When asked by the Lake County General Health District, we will assist in tracing cluster cases. A cluster is defined as four or five cases in a classroom. We will continue to use the Health District guidelines of Mask to Stay and Test to Play. Asymptomatic students and staff may be in school if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 as long as they wear a mask. Along with this guidance, we will send out the COVID Notification letters weekly on Fridays beginning next week. We will continue to update our COVID dashboard on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As always, if you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 and our protocols, please contact your child’s building administrator.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay warm during this winter weather. #MadisonStrong!