For the start of the 2021-2022 school year, all students and staff - regardless of vaccination status - are required to wear masks that completely cover the nose and mouth while inside a school building and on the school bus, with exceptions only for those individuals for whom it is not safe to do so due to medical conditions.
At this time, masks arenot required when students are outdoors. This includes outdoor physical education, recess and playing sports. “Mask Breaks” will be provided throughout the day.
Students will have to comply with the mask policy just as they do with any other policy regarding student behavior, student dress, etc. If a student arrives at school without a mask, we will give them a disposable mask and offer them the chance to comply with the mask policy. If a student refuses, they will be sent home. We ask families to assist us in ensuring compliance with masking requirements.
No, parents are asked to perform a daily health screen prior to sending their students to school each day. An at home health screening checklist for parents is included in the district’s main reopening document on page 20.
While some districts have opted to participate in a state-sponsored weekly COVID-19 testing program for students grades K-6, Madison Public Schools will not be offering testing at this time.
The Department of Public Health (DPH) has recommended we return to regular cleaning schedules for school buildings. We will continue to disinfect nurses’ offices and any locations where a student reports being ill. We will continue to monitor and update our reopening plan as additional DPH guidance is provided.
The school nurse will notify the Covid-19 Compliance Liaison of any symptomatic or COVID-positive individuals, documenting their symptoms and dates of illness.
The building administration, along with the Compliance Liaison, will review the case and determine a course of action. Possible courses of action may include contact tracing and quarantining a student, a group of students, a classroom, etc. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific cases in the community.
Parents and staff will receive updates from the Superintendent of Schools and/or building principal throughout the school year regarding the most up-to-date policies and protocols. An eNotify will not be sent each time a member of the school community tests positive. Case counts will be updated regularly on the district website. In the event that increased mitigation is indicated, an eNotify would inform the public of any additional measures being taken to limit exposure.
A close contact is generally defined as a student within three feet of another infected student for more than 15 minutes but specific parameters may vary by the nature of each case. Per CDC guidance, the close contact definition will remain at six feet for contact between staff and between staff and students.
The state recommends accepting only the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test as the rapid antigen test is only accurate when used to test individuals who are symptomatic. The district will only accept negative COVID-19 results from a PCR test.
The District will open in Fall 2021 for full in-person learning only. Voluntary Full Remote learning will not be offered as an option to students and families. For students in District-mandated COVID -19 isolation or quarantine, Google Classroom and Google Meets will be offered to continue learning on a temporary basis only. In all other situations, remote learning will not be offered for absences.
There will be no assigned cohorts (Cohort A, Cohort B, etc.) for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Infection rates will be monitored to determine if there is a need to cohort students. Students in grades K-3 are naturally cohorted by classroom assignment.
Madison Public Schools and the Madison community have a complete suite of social and emotional support for students. Schools are staffed with school counselors and social workers. For this year the district expanded our social worker staffing and will place one full time social worker in each of our buildings. This will provide community outreach and family support for all students. All staff will be trained in signs of trauma prior to the start of the year so they can recognize and provide intervention for staff or students who might be struggling. Madison Youth and Family Services (MYFS) provides additional support services both during and after the school day.
The Effective Schools Solution team at Polson will provide increased availability to students suffering from anxiety, stress and other emotional needs in the school setting. Additional intervention staff at the elementary schools will provide timely small group interventions for our youngest learners as supported by research.