Superintendent's Message



Also, as we have scenarios that present themselves, we are going to consult with the Lake County General Health District and follow the recommendations of the experts.  

We know there are many concerns surrounding the restarting of school, and we hope to alleviate the concerns surrounding your child’s education for the coming year.  As I have shared with you from the beginning of this pandemic, my goal is to work with the health professionals to provide a safe and healthy learning environment.  Our administrative team has worked on the outline of this plan.  Our staff will be coming together later this month to work on the many details of the instructional elements.   


While there are many changes regarding the classrooms next year outlined in the plan, there is one change I am going to announce here.  For the safety of our kindergarten students and efficient use of resources, we are going to have all day kindergarten with rotating cohorts.  There will be a Wednesday/Friday cohort and Tuesday/Thursday cohort with the groups  attending alternating Mondays.  You will get more information in early August as to the exact calendar for planning purposes.  


For our Madison Pre-K families, we ask for your patience as the guidance and ratios are still being updated.  Mrs. Hiltenun will  be sending information out the first week of August.  The cleaning and sanitizing protocols discussed within the document will apply to Pre-K, but as I said more details are to come, so please be patient. 


For our band and choir parents please know that while we have not outlined plans for these courses, we are working on the plans and developing an outline of what we can do within the guidelines safely for all involved.  We will update you as we finalize our plans.  


Our plan as of today is to have a Welcome back to School Week.  This will include professional development days for staff on August 17 & 18.  On Wednesday, August 19,  Grades 4/5. 8, and 11/12 will report at their buildings.  On Thursday, August 20,  the Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten group  & Grades 2/3, 7 and 10 will report to their buildings. On Friday, August 21,  the Wednesday/Friday Kindergarten group and grades 1, 6, & 9 will report.  On Monday August 25 all classes will begin as planned. The first Monday for Kindergarten will be the Tuesday/Thursday cohort, and alternating every Monday from there.  This will be all year, and Kindergarten parents will get a schedule in their information letters early next month.   Each building principal will send out information at the beginning of August.  


If you are planning to do the virtual learning option with your children and not send them into our school buildings once you have reviewed our plan, please complete the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2waMCVmcbd4EOXBCRR72nek7nt29HSl-YI7cMYHyCWIUUKQ/viewform?usp=sf_link .

This form needs to be completed by Friday, July 24, 2020.  

If you have reviewed the document, and decided that you would like to send your child to school, you do not need to do anything at this time.  However if you want your child to attend, but do not plan on sending them via school transportation, we ask that you complete the Transportation Opt-out form by July 24, 2020 so that we can adequately plan routes.  Please click on this link to access the form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXIxYGlKyUB4m0mhzGhIf1QBEb2m8NcsjVFkdJLeO1x8eQjQ/viewform?usp=sf_link .


We know the stress that many of you are feeling making these decisions.  I want to assure you that we are planning and preparing to keep our students, staff and school community safe.  I will be communicating regularly through the remainder of the summer.  We will also be posting an FAQ on our webpage.  Please email me if you have additional questions at angela.smith@madisonschools.net.  


I look forward to the coming school year and partnering with you in educating our students.  We continue to

be MadisonStrong!

Sincerely, 

Angela Smith

Superintendent

 

 

 




7/14/2020


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