As teachers, principals, and administrators call for statewide remote learning to the start the school year, the Madison School District continues to plan for in person and remote learning. 

During the Superintendent Coffee on Monday August 10, Superintendent Mark Scwarz reminded  parents that these are unprecedented times. Even with the established health and safety guidelines, no one knows what will happen when schools reopen. As such Madison schools are taking a cautious approach in reopening “we want to move forward without taking steps back", he said.

During the meeting Superintendent Mark Schwarz; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Personnel Daniel Ross; Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services Frank Santora; Business Administrator Danielle Mancuso; and Technology Coordinator John LaPierre answered questions and concerns from parents regarding the three-phase reopening plan for Madison Public Schools. 

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Phase 1 will divide students into two groups, which will rotate between fixed in-person and remote learning days with early dismissal. Positive health data permitting, Phase 2 will have students in school every day with an early dismissal and Phase 3 will have students in school every day for the full day. All families will have the option to request full-time remote learning for their children. At any time, students can switch from in-person to remote learning and vice-versa.

Mr. Santoro responded to concerns about how confirmed and suspected cases would be handled. If a case was confirmed within Madison schools, the entire community would be notified. Suspected cases wouldn’t be announced unless they were determined to be positive since the displayed symptoms may not be related to CO-VID.

Mr. Santoro also answered questions about why Madison schools wouldn’t be testing students for CO- VID. The reason is that scanning hundreds of students within such a short period of time would prove to be challenging. Additionally, the screenings would put students in close proximity to each other and the results may not prove to be entirely accurate. As such, parents and staff are going to be relied on to document the temperature of their students every morning. 

Mr. Ross responded to an inquiry about when group assignments will be announced. Mostly likely, groups will be identified on Friday, August 14 th, he said . Group assignments will be announced on Wednesday, August 19 th at the earliest and Friday, August 21 st at the latest.


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