MADISON, NJ - Madison Superintendent Mark Schwarz addressed the questions regarding increases to in-person learning for all students. In a Feb. 24 update to families, Schwarz stated that even though the nation and region are seeing a decline in COVID transmission, the Madison schools continue to experience new cases.
He asked families to remain diligent and exercise safe behaviors. With regard to Spring Break, Schwarz asked families to 'plan activities that promote wellness and bonding opportunities, parents should be aware that district quarantining expectations remain in effect".
Anyone traveling outside of NJ,NY, PA, DE and CT for more than 24 hours, should quarantine for 10 days upon return to New Jersey, he said.
When focusing on increasing in-person learning, Schwarz stated that those increases will occur when "two consecutive CALI reports show that we are no longer a high risk group".
"The MPS team is highly committed to providing in-person learning for all students to the maximum extent that transmission rates will allow", Scwarz wrote to families. "Current guidance from the Madison Health Department indicates that the district can move forward with increases to in-person learning when two consecutive CALI reports show that we are no longer at “High Risk.”
Schwarz believes that a shift will occur "soon" and all prinicipals and the Central Office are finalizing plans to move to Phase 2 for MJS and MHS and Phase 3 for the elementary schools.
"Rates permitting, we endeavor to begin the 2021-22 school year with full in-person learning in place", said Schwarz. "We look forward to sharing the details of our plans to increase in-person learning in the coming weeks".