Good Afternoon, Madison Families!
I want to start off by apologizing for the length of this correspondence. There are several topics that an update was needed, but I also didn’t want to bombard you with several alerts. So, I am going to try to do them all at once.
Food Service: Food distribution of breakfast and lunches will resume starting next Monday 4/13/2020. However, with more and more social distancing measures being implemented we will be making changes. Food will be distributed on ONLY MONDAYS. On Mondays, families will receive five breakfasts and five lunches for each student. Additionally, to minimize our staff members from potential exposure we will no longer be delivering meals. All meals will be pick up only from the High School Cafeteria. We know this may change the number of students accessing our meal program. Please, take a moment and complete the food service survey so we can have an accurate count of students we will be serving starting Monday.
We understand that there may still be some need for additional food this week. We are tremendously lucky to have such a strong partnership with Bethany Church. They have graciously donated food boxes for families in need during this time. If you are interested in receiving a food box for your family, they are available for pick up tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/8/2020) from 12:00-2:00 and Friday (4/10/2020) from 10:00-12:00 in the high school cafeteria. Please, use the outside doors to the cafeteria located by the high school parking lot.
Distance Learning: We are excited to be rolling out our learning portal to the Madison students. The administration and teaching staff have been working extremely hard to transition our practice to a distance learning model. We fully expect our learning hub to be fully operational on Monday, April 20, 2020. Teachers will begin to reach out to students next week (4/13/202). As a district, we will be utilizing a hybrid format for our distance learning. We will have our learning hub on our district homepage so materials can be accessed completely online and we will also have hard copies available for pick up for families that may not have internet access at home. More detailed information will be sent home in the coming week, but we did want to provide a quick preview of what instruction will look like.
Technology: With the move to our distance platform, we know that there are going to be some technology needs in our students’ homes. As a result, we will be distributing district laptops for families who have the ability to access learning content on line. As a district, we have a limited number of devices. So, we will do distributions in two waves. First, we will distribute laptops to families that have no device to access content without them. Second, we will distribute laptops to families that have multiple students in a household and only one device to access content. Please fill out the survey below to indicate which category you fall in. Once we have received accurate data, we send out a notification with laptop pick up times.
MYAC: We understand the financial burden that the current situation has placed on countless families in the district. I have spoken with the MYAC board about issuing refunds to families. As a result, if you would like to receive a refund, for any of your students who are currently registered for baseball/softball, please email Jill Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org The MYAC board did indicated that they are expecting a final verdict on the cancellation of the season by mid-May. If you do request a refund now there may not be a chance to re-register should the season take place. If you are still hoping that your student could participate, do not request a refund at this time. Once a final determination is made on the season the district will issue a blanket refund should it be cancelled.
Playgrounds: If you drive by our building, you will notice that our playground structures have been taped off. There have been county and state ordinances put into place that prohibit the use of playground equipment at this time. Once these restrictions are lifted we will remove the tape from the structures for the community to use and enjoy again.
Access to Building: I have had several families reach out hoping to gain access to student lockers to gather belongings. At this time, we are not permitted by the State to allow students in to gather belongings. Please, know that all items are secure and as soon as we are granted permission to allow students in the building we will schedule times for locker clean out.
Again, I apologize for the length of this communication. Moving forward, we will have a designated location in our learning hub for information pertaining to specific grade-levels. Once it is live, we will direct you to that with a future communication. Thank you for your time in reading this. I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying this time with their families. Go Trojans!
Nick Steinmetz, Superintendent