Good Afternoon, Madison Families!
COVID-19 has changed the way that school districts will do business moving forward. At Madison, we are extremely lucky to have such dedicated teaching, support, and administrative staffs that make this transition possible! That being said, the district has made numerous systematic changes to ensure that it is a smooth process. As a result, we will be changing the student start date, for the 2020-2021 school year, from the originally scheduled August 31, 2020 to September 2, 2020. Please, find the link to our updated calendar below:
Why the change in student start date?
Teacher Professional Development: We were fortunate to be able to frontload our teacher professional development to dates throughout the summer. During those dates all teachers were trained on how to move their instruction to Canvas (our learning management system). For some of our teachers this is a brand new platform! As a result, we want to provide them two additional days to work in their grade-level teams to ensure they are as prepared as possible when students enter their rooms.
Virtual Students: On August 31st and September 1st, we will have designated times and locations, for all students that chose virtual learning for the first trimester, allowing the students to come to the building to collect all of their needed materials for instruction to begin on September 2nd. More specific information on these times and locations will be sent out in future communications.
In-Person Students: As a district, we have added nearly five hundred devices to become 1-1 in technology. On August 31 and September 1st, we will be utilizing our support staff to ensure all district devices are ready, for our in-person students, for instruction to begin on September 2nd.
The Madison School District wants to be sure that we have as seamless of a transition into the 2020-2021 school year as possible, and we believe these two days will be utilized to make certain that happens. We appreciate your understanding as this work takes place!