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COVID Updates, Schedule Announcements, Etc. From Dr. Nichols


THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION WAS SENT BY SUPT. DR. ED NICHOLS , on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.

October 16, 2020
Dear Madison City Schools Family,
 
I want to welcome everyone back and hope each of you had an enjoyable
Fall Break. Our second nine weeks of school is off to a great start. When we return on Monday, October 19, all students will attend every day for those that have selected school-based instruction.
This week, we have a total of nine (9) new positive cases of Covid-19 in our district. We currently have 97 staff and students in quarantine from being associated with positive or presumptive cases.
The breakdown is as follows:

Positive Cases:
Columbia: 0 employees, 0 students
Heritage: 0 employees, 0 students
Horizon: 0 employees, 0 students
Madison: 0 employees, 0 students
Mill Creek: 0 employees, 0 students
Rainbow: 0 employees, 2 students
West Madison: 0 employees, 0 students
Pre-K: 0 employees, 0 students
Discovery: 0 employees, 0 students
Liberty: 0 employees, 0 students
Bob Jones: 0 employees, 1 student
James Clemens: 3 employees, 2 students
District: 1 employee
 
Quarantined (Does not include new positive cases):
Columbia: 1 employee, 1 student
Heritage: 0 employees, 7 students
Horizon: 0 employees, 6 students
Madison: 0 employees, 7 students
Mill Creek: 1 employee, 3 students
Rainbow: 2 employees, 3 students
West Madison: 1 employee, 2 students
Pre-K: 1 employee, 1 student
Discovery: 0 employees, 12 students
Liberty: 0 employees, 7 students
Bob Jones: 3 employees, 8 students
James Clemens: 3 employees, 25 students
District: 3 employees.
 
Beginning next Friday, instead of sending you our weekly updates via School
Messenger, we will post our COVID-19 updates on our website, no later than 4:30 PM each Friday. You will find this information by going to Departments, Health Services, and then COVID-19 updates.

This week, the Alabama Department of Public Health released an update for its back to school toolkit. This update changes some of the definition and requirements of
quarantining close contacts of major symptoms. We will post information concerning
these updates on our Health Services link on our website on Monday.
Thank you for your continued support of our school district.
 
  
Ed Nichols
Superintendent




Friday, Oct. 2, Report to the Community

Dear Madison City Schools Family,

I want to thank all of our school district teachers, staff, and administrators for the hard work and dedication for this first nine weeks of school. I can assure you next to the word hero in the dictionary you would find the names of the wonderful employees that we have in our school district.

For this week, we have a total of 6 new positive cases of Covid-19 in our district. We currently have 202 staff or students in quarantine from being associated with positive or presumptive cases. The breakdown is as follows:

Positive Cases:


Columbia - 0 employees, 0 students

Heritage - 0 employees, 0 students

Horizon - 0 employees, 0 students

Madison - 0 employees, 1 student

Mill Creek - 0 employees, 0 students

Rainbow - 0 employees, 0 students

West Madison - 0 employees, 0 students

Pre-K - 0 employees, 0 students

Discovery - 0 employees, 0 students

Liberty - 0 employees, 3 students

Bob Jones - 0 employees, 0 students

James Clemens - 0 employees, 2 students

District - 0 employees


Quarantined (Does not include new positive cases):


Columbia - 3 employees, 17 students

Heritage - 0 employees, 21 students

Horizon - 1 employee, 6 students

Madison - 2 employees, 10 students

Mill Creek - 4 employees, 6 students

Rainbow - 5 employees, 11 students

West Madison - 0 employees, 6 students

Pre-K - 0 employee, 3 students

Discovery - 0 employees, 29 students

Liberty - 0 employees, 38 students

Bob Jones - 16 employees, 6 students

James Clemens - 2 employees, 13 students

District - 3 employees.

When we return from Fall Break on October 12, James Clemens High School students will attend every day for those that have selected school based instruction.
On October 12, the students at Bob Jones High School will return on the A/B rotation with Wednesday, October 14 being a virtual day. Students with last names A-K will attend Monday/Thursday and L-Z will attend Tuesday/Friday. On October 19, the Bob Jones students will return every day for those that have selected school based instruction.

During Fall Break if anyone in your household has major symptoms, positive results, or awaiting test results for COVID-19, please keep your student at home on October 12 and contact your local school nurse for further instruction. I appreciate all that our community is doing to help us maintain safety for our employees and students.

Thank you,

Ed Nichols
Superintendent
Madison City Schools

 

Sept. 25, 2020, Report to the Communuty

Dear Madison City Schools Family,

 I want to begin by thanking Madison City Schools (MCS) Nurse Bonnie Davis and the entire MCS nursing staff for the tremendous job they are doing in this pandemic environment. These nurses are going above and beyond to serve our MCS families.

For this week, we have a total of 30 new positive cases of Covid-19 in our district. We currently have 228 staff or students in quarantine from being associated with positive or presumptive cases. 
Here is the breakdown:

Positive Cases:

Columbia - 0 employees and 1 student

Heritage - 0 employees and 0 students

Horizon - 0 employees and 0 students

Madison - 0 employees and 0 students

Mill Creek - 0 employees and 0 students

Rainbow - 0 employees and 1 student

West Madison - 0 employees and 1 student

Pre-K - 0 employees and 0 students

Discovery - 1 employee and 0 students

Liberty - 0 employees and 1 student

Bob Jones - 2 employees and 20 students

James Clemens - 0 employees and 3 students

District - 0 employees

 

Quarantined (Does not include the 30 new positive cases listed above):

Columbia - 8 employees and 35 students

Heritage - 0 employees and 15 students

Horizon - 1 employee and 8 students

Madison - 0 employees and 3 students

Mill Creek - 1 employee and 8 students

Rainbow - 2 employees and 1 students

West Madison - 1 employee and 6 students

Pre-K - 1 employee and 1 student

Discovery - 6 employees and 42 students

Liberty - 1 employee and 35 students

Bob Jones - 21 employees and 23 students

James Clemens - 1 employee and 5 students

District - 3 employees

Last week, we isolated 120 members of the Bob Jones football program out of caution to our positive test. After review, the majority of these players are not considered close contacts and will return from isolation on Sept. 28. 

 

Thank you,

 Ed Nichols

Superintendent

Madison City Schools



Sept. 23 Message To The Community


Dear MCS Family,

Let me begin by saying thank you for your support, patience and dedication to our school system. Like you, these past few weeks have been challenging for all of us in the district.

I want to update you on a change to our middle and high school schedules starting next week.
Our school-based learners in middle school will come off the A/B rotation and begin a full five-day weekly schedule starting Monday, Sept. 28.

James Clemens will begin an A/B rotation for school-based learners starting Monday, Sept. 28, with Wednesdays being a virtual day. Students with last names A-K will attend Mondays and Thursdays and L-Z on Tuesdays and Fridays.

We have made a decision to delay the return of students to Bob Jones until Oct. 12, after the fall break. This is due to the number of quarantined staff members.
Our school staff, administrators and nursing team are doing a great job of monitoring the situation for the health and safety of our students, employees, and families.

I will continue to give you weekly COVID updates on Friday of each week. We are working diligently to get all of our students back to daily school-based instruction.

Sincerely,
Ed Nichols

 

SEPT. 18 FOLLOWUP MESSAGE FROM DR. NICHOLS

Dear Madison City Schools Family,

By now, you are aware of the announcement I sent out today concerning the cancellation of the Bob Jones High School football games and the change in our secondary schedule. This week, we returned our middle school students on a rotational schedule and the elementary schools completed their first full week of school-based learning.

For this week, we have a total of 15 (fourteen are students and one employee spread across five schools) confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in our district. We have 170 quarantined that are spread across seven schools from being associated with positive or presumptive cases.

Here is the breakdown:
Positive Cases:
Columbia - 1 student
Rainbow - 1 student
Liberty - 1 student and 1 teacher
Bob Jones - 9 students
James Clemens - 2 students

Quarantined:
Columbia - 5 students and 1 teacher
Mill Creek - 1 student
Rainbow - 1 student
Discovery - 21 students
Liberty - 10 students
Bob Jones - 120 students and 10 teachers
James Clemens - 1 teacher

I know delaying the start of the high school rotation is not what any of us wanted this year. However, due to the loss of teaching staff to quarantine and the shortage of substitute teachers, I felt the need to delay the high school rotation. Madison is a small community and we are not sure how these positive cases at Bob Jones could affect our teaching staff in other schools.
Currently, 37 of the Bob Jones and James Clemens teaching staff have accepted extra teaching assignments on their planning period to accommodate the scheduling demands of school-based and virtual classes. Due to this number of extra teaching periods, we cannot easily cover teaching positions vacant due to the effects of quarantined staff. School principals have reported difficulties in acquiring substitute teachers this year. Our substitute teacher pool is very low compared to previous years.

The Alabama Department of Public Health is currently active in the contact tracing of these cases and will update us as needed. As I have stated from the beginning of the school year, we will be flexible in our schedule and our plans to meet this ever-changing issue. If we find out next week that the need for quarantining is not as widespread on our teaching staff, we can adjust our school-based plans. Our goal is to return our secondary students to everyday school-based learning like our elementary students.

Although we have had these increases of cases this week, I want to thank our staff and teachers for doing a great job of following the procedures and protocols we set for the district. I want to make sure all of you know that this sudden spike in the BJHS football team is not because the coaching staff did not follow our procedures. All of our coaches in the district have done a great job since the summer of adhering to the AHSAA and Madison City guidelines. 

Dr. Ed Nichols,
Superintendent



FRIDAY SEPt. 18, 2020 MESSAGE FROM DR. NICHOLS

Everyone,

Today, I received information from the Bob Jones High School principal, athletic director and head football coach, that we have 9 BJHS football players who have tested positive for Covid-19.

After consultation with the ADPH and the AHSAA, we are announcing the cancellation and forfeiture of tonight's football game against Florence High School and next week's game against Auburn High School.
I believe that this is in the best interest of players, coaches and fans on both sides. At the current time, we are evaluating which members of the team are considered "close contacts" by the ADPH guidelines. Therefore, in an abundance of caution, we are isolating the BJHS team until Sunday, September 27, as we evaluate this situation.

Furthermore, we are delaying our school-based reentry schedule for all high school students for one week. Both of our high schools will resume school-based learning on an A/B rotation on Sept. 28.
Until further notice, all middle and high school students will continue on an A/B rotational schedule. Additional information will be a part of our Friday Covid-19 update this afternoon.


Ed Nichols,

Superintendent

Madison City Schools