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Statement On The Roadmap to Reopening Schools

06-26-2020 Statement from Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols following the state superintendent's report today (June 26) on the Roadmap to Reopening Schools.


Today the Alabama State Superintendent, Dr. Eric Mackey, released his official roadmap for reopening schools this fall. Mr. Terrell and I have had the opportunity to review this plan prior to its release to the public.

With the guidance from the State Department of Education, it is clear that at the current time, we will reopen schools this fall. In Madison, we are planning on two avenues of educational services for this fall.

First, we will provide a school-based education option at each of our school facilities. This setting will utilize facial coverings, physical distance practices and sanitation procedures to protect staff and students on each campus.

Next, the district will provide a virtual education option for parents who choose a setting away from the school building for their student. This option will provide both a long range plan of education and a hybrid plan that will provide flexibility for students who may need to move from school-based to virtual due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Regardless of the option, all students will remain enrolled in their home school.

On Tuesday, I will assemble a Task Force made up of administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students to address the procedures and practices for each of these plans.  One option we will discuss with the Reentry Task Force is possibly moving our student start date from August 5 to August 12.  This change would allow additional professional development days for our faculty and staff to fully understand the new state virtual platform and the directives of separation and disinfecting from the ADPH.  If we were to delay the start of the school year for students until August 12, it would not affect any of the other parts of the school calendar that have already been approved.

Our goal is to communicate our plan as expediently as possible with the new information we are receiving from the state. We would appreciate your feedback as we build this plan: School Reopening Survey for Families and School Reopening Survey for Faculty and Staff.

I know that you will have many questions concerning these plans, and we will do everything to answer these questions as we receive your feedback and meet with our Reentry Task Force.

We realize these are very challenging and uncertain times, and we appreciate your understanding as we work together to ensure a safe and successful school year.

Dr. Ed Nichols
Madison City Schools