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MCS Quarantine Procedures

Jan. 20 Message from MCS Lead Nurse Bonnie Davis:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We have had a great start to school this week. Since our students have returned to a full face-to-face instruction schedule, please remember the procedures we use in case there is a need to quarantine a student.
These procedures are:

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If someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19, then that person should isolate at home with very minimal contact with others in the household.

· 
Quarantine for the family members (close contacts), does not begin until there is a break in close contact with the positive case.
For example, if the parents test positive for COVID-19 and the children are too young for self-care, then the child will isolate with the parents during their 10-day isolation, and then begin his/her quarantine on the 11th day for 14 days.

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Anytime someone breaks the closer than 6 feet for longer than the 15 minutes rule (the 15 minutes is cumulative time in a 24-hour period) the 14-day quarantine begins again. Please see The Quarantine and Isolation Guideline section of the ADPH Back to School Toolkit for further explanation (https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/cov-school-toolkit-121120.pdf) :

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A person can still develop COVID up until the 14th day from last exposure with a positive case.

· 
If your child becomes symptomatic during the 14-day quarantine, please notify your child's doctor for further evaluation.

· 
If someone is symptomatic and is waiting for test results, please keep others away from the ill person.

· 
10 Day Home Isolation for a positive case remains unchanged.

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Please continue to report to your child's school nurse any symptomatic, positive case, or exposure to a positive case regarding your child.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we continue to keep all of our students and staff safe and healthy.


Bonnie Davis, BSN, RN
Lead Nurse, Madison City Schools


Jan. 13 Message from Dr. Nichols:

Dear Madison City Schools Parents,

Beginning Tuesday, January 19, after the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, all Madison City Schools students who chose school-based learning will return to our schools for every day instruction. After reviewing our positive tests rates and quarantining data during our hybrid period, I feel that allowing our school-based learners back in our schools is manageable. It must be emphasized that masks, social distancing and other safety protocols will continue to be followed as outlined in our Madison City Schools Return to School Plan.

I will continue to daily monitor positive cases and quarantines in our schools. I know all of this has been a hardship for many of you and your students. Our teachers and staff are certainly feeling the strain of this unprecedented year, but they are committed to providing our students the highest quality of education.

Please know that I am grateful for your understanding and support as we navigate through these challenging times together.

Ed Nichols
Superintendent


Jan. 11 Message from Dr. Nichols:

The National Weather Service is forecasting black ice overnight and into the morning for North Alabama.
Therefore, Madison City Schools will be on a two-hour delayed school start on Tuesday, Jan. 12.  


This delay will be for both in-school and virtual students. 

Bus routes will be adjusted accordingly.

Reminder: MCS is on the staggered schedule this week for in-school students. ‘’A” group students are meeting Monday/Tuesday and “B” group students are meeting Thursday/Friday.
Wednesday will be a virtual day.

Please stay safe and weather aware.

Ed Nichols
Superintendent  


January 6 Message from Dr. Nichols re:  week of Jan. 11 schedule

Dear MCS Parents,

Following consultation with the Madison County Health Officer and with the current positive rate for Covid-19, traditional students in Madison City Schools (MCS) will remain on a staggered schedule through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

The schedule for next week is as follows:

Group A: Monday and Tuesday.
Wednesday - Virtual.
Group B: Thursday and Friday

Group Schedule Breakdown
● First Class Pre-K - Group A is A-L and Group B is M-Z
● Columbia - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Heritage - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Horizon - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Madison - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Mill Creek - Group A is A-L and Group B is M-Z
● Rainbow - Group A is A-J and Group B is K-Z
● West Madison - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Discovery - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Liberty - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Bob Jones - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● James Clemens - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z

This announcement does not impact students enrolled in virtual classes.

As a reminder, school-based (face-to-face) students in the AA/BB rotation schedule should follow the guidance of their teacher on days they are not in the building. This includes classroom expectations, assignments, asynchronous instruction, Schoology requirements, etc.

MCS reminds stakeholders of the district’s health protocols while on campuses including requiring students and staff members to wear masks at all times, practicing social distancing to the greatest extent possible, encouraging frequent hand washing and sanitizing, adhering to directional signage, and prohibiting visitors in school buildings.

Parents of students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should remain home from school, seek medical treatment and contact the local school nurse. Symptoms include new cough, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle or body aches, headaches, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue.

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Plans for the week of Jan. 18 will be announced prior to dismissing for the MLK holiday weekend.

Sincerely,

Ed Nichols
Superintendent

 

December 17th Message from Dr. Nichols:

Dear MCS Parents,

Let me begin by thanking you for your patience and support this semester. I know this has been a challenging year for all of us. However, our teachers, support staff and administrators have continued to do their best to provide our students with the highest level of education.

I know the past several weeks of using the hybrid schedule has been arduous for you and taxing on students, but it has allowed us to lessen the effects of the pandemic on the district.  As I have reviewed the rates of infection across our community, I have seen how the number of positive and quarantining cases directly affect our schools. In July, when we started the school year using a virtual platform, the positivity rate in our community was 14%. When students returned to school around Labor Day, the rate had dropped to 6.5%. However, as we drew closer to Thanksgiving the rate increased to 15.5%. Two weeks prior to Thanksgiving break, we increased from 8 positive tests and 189 quarantined to 59 positive tests and 888 quarantined at the Thanksgiving break. If the break had not occurred, we were at the point, like many nearby districts, of reverting back to a total virtual platform. Since coming back from the break using the hybrid schedule, we have seen a decrease in our positive cases to 39 and our quarantines to 350 (even during a rise of the infection rate in the community). While all of us want to return to our normal everyday routine, the hybrid schedule has been beneficial in allowing us not to be totally virtual.

With this in mind, we will continue with our hybrid schedule the first week after the winter break. The students will return on January 5, 2021, with the Group A students attending in-person on Tuesday/Wednesday and the Group B students attending in-person on Thursday/Friday. We will evaluate our case numbers early in the week and review adjusting the schedule for the second week. However, please make plans for your student if we must maintain the hybrid schedule for the second week. The breakdown of the groups is listed below.

Again, thank you for your support of our district during this unprecedented time. I know this semester has left all of us fatigued, but I hope that in this holiday season you will find time to renew your spirit and enjoy your family.

So, from my home to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Ed Nichols

Group Schedule Breakdown
● First Class Pre-K - Group A is A-L and Group B is M-Z
● Columbia - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Heritage - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Horizon - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Madison - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Mill Creek - Group A is A-L and Group B is M-Z
● Rainbow - Group A is A-J and Group B is K-Z
● West Madison - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Discovery - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Liberty - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● Bob Jones - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
● James Clemens - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z

 

 

Dec. 7 message from Dr. Nichols to parents of students who plan to be virtual next semester:

MCS Parents,

On Friday afternoon, all parents of middle and/or high school students who chose for their child(ren) to be virtual for the second semester should have received a confirmation email from our virtual administrator.

If you are a parent of a middle school and/or high school student that chose for your child to be virtual for the second semester, but you did not receive an email on Friday, please contact Jackie Jennings at virtual@madisoncity.k12.al.us.

Parents/Guardians of elementary students who chose for their child(ren) to attend school virtually during the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year received an email confirmation  Friday evening from their elementary school.

If you are a parent of an elementary school student and chose for your child(ren) to be virtual for the second semester, but you did not receive an email Friday evening or you have not already spoken directly with your child’s principal or designee about this, please contact your child’s principal.

Dr. Ed Nichols
Madison City Schools

Superintendent Nichols issued this districtwide communication on Wednesday, Dec. 2 regarding the school meeting schedule until the Winter Break on Dec. 18.

Dear MCS Family,

This week our district team has constantly monitored the current COVID-19 issue in our school district. Furthermore, we have requested guidance and information from our local health officials.

Given the current  outlook, Madison City Schools will continue on the current hybrid cycle until the winter break. This will apply to all school levels: elementary, middle and high schools.

This means the current schedule of splitting our students into A and B groups by alphabet will continue  through the next two weeks until schools dismiss for the winter break on Dec. 18.

The A group will attend on Monday and Tuesday and the B group on Thursday and Friday. All groups will be virtual on Wednesday to allow for buildings to be sanitized between rotational groups.

Here again is the split by student last name:

First Class Pre-K - Group A is A-L and Group B is M-Z
Columbia - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Heritage - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Horizon - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Madison - Group A is A-K and  Group B is L-Z
Mill Creek - Group A is A-L and Group B is M-Z
Rainbow - Group A is A-J and Group B is K-Z
West Madison - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Discovery - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Liberty - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Bob Jones - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
James Clemens - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z

We know this is a challenge to do, but with the rate of infection this high, if we don’t stay hybrid and keep social distancing at a maximum inside the schools, we could very easily and quickly end up quarantining large groups of staffs and students and cause the potential to have to go completely virtual.
I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding and support.

On a side note, Bob Jones High School will remain virtual the rest of this week due to a boiler issue that surfaced yesterday. With the expectation of getting the heating system restored, we hope BJHS will join all of our schools on the rotational schedule next week.

Ed Nichols


Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols Nov. 24th Message to the community:

Dear MCS Family,

As all of you are aware, the current numbers of COVID-19 have risen these past few weeks. In an effort to help us continue to have school-based interaction, please let us know if your students test positive or have contact with a COVID-19 case during the break by using this form. This information will allow our staff to be prepared for the return of school after this week.

With the rise in cases and the corresponding shortage of substitutes, we will follow a hybrid schedule next week after the break for all students. We wanted to make you aware of this change in order to give you time to prepare your family schedule. Prior to Thanksgiving break, the number of teachers in quarantine came very close to forcing the district to move to completely virtual. We believe if we can ease back in with this rotation after the break, it will allow us to have everyone back in school with fewer quarantines and positive COVID-19 cases prior to winter break and hopefully will allow all school-based students to return in full rotation before winter break.

The schedule will be to split our students into A and B groups by alphabet. The A group will attend on Monday and Tuesday and the B Group on Thursday and Friday. All groups will be virtual on Wednesday to allow for buildings to be sanitized between rotational groups. The AA/BB Rotation will be organized alphabetically by last name. If conflicts arise in siblings’ assigned rotation, students should come on the day assigned to the oldest sibling. The alphabetical AA/BB rotation will be as follows:

First Class Pre-K - Group A is A-L and Group B is M-Z 
Columbia - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Heritage - Group Ais A-K and Group B is L-Z
Horizon - Group Ais A-K and Group Bis L-Z
Madison - Group Ais A-K and Group Bis L-Z
Mill Creek - Group A is A-L and Group B is M-Z
Rainbow - Group Ais A-J and Group Bis K-Z
West Madison - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Discovery - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
Liberty - Group Ais A-K and Group Bis L-Z
Bob Jones - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
James Clemens - Group A is A-K and Group B is L-Z
If your student has previously had one of our loaner hotspots and needs it back for these virtual days, please submit a ticket. Each school should have several on hand beginning Monday. 

As we bring students back in a rotation after the break, please be aware of the following information: Parents can expect to receive an email from your child’s teacher. The teacher will share assignments for the students attending school virtually Monday (11/30) - Wednesday (12/2) via email and/or Schoology. Students attending school virtually Wednesday (12/2) - Friday (12/4) will receive information from the classroom teacher prior to leaving school on Tuesday with a follow-up to parents via email and/or Schoology. The assignments may differ based on the face-to-face instruction provided during the week; however, the workload should be similar for all students. 

Please note that the AA/BB rotation is for school-based students only. The teachers of virtual students will continue to communicate with parents in the usual manner. 

For Early Beginnings Pre-K and special education self-contained classes, students will not follow the AA/BB rotation; instead, students in Early Beginnings Pre-K and special education self-contained classes will attend in-person all week with the exception of virtual Wednesday.

Finally, the date of November 30this approaching for families to decide whether to choose the virtual option for the second semester or the school-based option. If you do not make a selection, you will automatically be assigned to school-based for the semester. Use the following links to submit your intent form prior to the November 30th deadline: 

(Updated note: The links below closed after the signup deadline)

Secondary Spring Semester Intent Form (for all students grades 6-12)
First Class Pre-K Spring Semester Intent Form
Columbia Elementary School Spring Semester Intent Form
Heritage Elementary School Spring Semester Intent Form
Horizon Elementary School Spring Semester Intent Form
Madison Elementary School Spring Semester Intent Form
Mill Creek Elementary School Spring Semester Intent Form
Rainbow Elementary School Spring Semester Intent Form
West Madison Elementary School Spring Semester Intent Form
I would remind you to please check our Virtual FAQ page for the most current updates to the questions that have been submitted to our Virtual Administrator. Please feel free to continue to send your questions to virtual@madisoncity.k12.al.usbecause we are updating our FAQs regularly. Also, on Friday morning, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m., I plan to hold a live WebEx (Click here to join the WebEx) for anyone interested to answer many of the questions we’ve received from you concerning the virtual option for the second semester. Although the WebEx will not be an open question and answer session, I do plan to have our team assembled so we can continue to share information and gather questions to give you as much information as possible before the Nov. 30deadline. If you cannot make the WebEx meeting, we will record the session and add it to our FAQ page.

We appreciate your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely, 

Ed Nichols

 

The November 20 COVID update is under the health services page: 


This is a Monday, Nov. 16 E-mail from Dr. Nichols regarding signups for 2nd Semester Learning Options:
Dear Parent(s)/Guardians,

As we near the midpoint of this school year, plans are being finalized for next semester for both school-based and virtual-learning platforms. Now is the time to choose the learning platform for your child(ren).
It is very important that Madison City Schools receive your learning platform preference forms by Nov. 30.
We want to emphasize that the Nov. 30 deadline applies to all levels: elementary, middle and high school students. Parents should submit this new form even if their child is virtual and the form was completed a few weeks ago.

Please note that when you choose for your student to be virtual or school-based, you are committing your child for the entire spring semester. If a response to the 2nd Semester Intent form is not submitted, then your student will be placed in school-based classes for the upcoming semester.

Elementary parents, your principal will send out information very soon with the learning intent form with other information that may be helpful.
Secondary parents will find the learning intent form in this letter from Dr. Nichols email sent to the community on Nov. 16.

An FAQ page is also attached addressing issues at both elementary and secondary levels.

Thank you,
Ed Nichols,
Madison City Schools

 


Friday, Nov. 13 COVID report from Dr. Nichols:

Dear MCS Family,

Below you will find the COVID-19 update for this week. Normally we place this on our website, but I felt the need to make sure all of you received this update. As you may be aware, the number of cases has risen in Alabama. We have also had a rise in positive tests in Madison County. I just want to assure you that we monitor these changes daily as they relate to our school district.

Our plan at this point is to continue to offer our school-based option. If we see a rise in a specific school or grade level, then we will possibly select a virtual or rotational option for the school or grade level affected by the positive test(s). This decision can be based on the number of positive tests or the lack of staff due to positive tests and quarantines.

I encourage all of us to refocus our attention on wearing our masks, distancing in public, and washing our hands.

Also, please make sure that you are reporting COVID-19 information pertaining to your family to your local school nurse. You can find guidelines, protocols, and helpful information pertaining to COVID-19 on the school district website under Departments then Health Services.

This week, we have a total of twenty-five (25) new positive cases of COVID-19 in our district. We currently have 437 staff and students in quarantine from being associated with positive or presumptive cases.

The breakdown is as follows:

Positive Cases:
Columbia: 1 employee, 0 students
Heritage: 0 employees, 2 students
Horizon: 0 employees, 0 students
Madison: 2 employees, 1 student
Mill Creek: 0 employees, 0 students
Rainbow: 0 employees, 0 students
West Madison: 1 employee, 0 students
Pre-K: 0 employees, 1 student
Discovery: 1 employee, 0 students
Liberty: 3 employees, 2 students
Bob Jones: 1 employee, 5 students
James Clemens: 0 employees, 5 students
District: 0 employees

Quarantined (Does not include new positive cases):
Columbia: 2 employees, 9 students
Heritage: 2 employees, 31 students
Horizon: 0 employees, 5 students
Madison: 1 employee, 14 students
Mill Creek: 1 employee, 25 students
Rainbow: 0 employees, 10 students
West Madison: 1 employee, 16 students
Pre-K: 2 employees, 13 students
Discovery: 5 employees, 32 students
Liberty: 1 employee, 32 students
Bob Jones: 8 employees, 132 students
James Clemens: 3 employees, 60 students
District: 7 employees

Dr. Ed Nichols
Superintendent
Madison City Schools


The weekly COVID-19 report on positive cases and quarantines in Madison City are logged every Friday on the Health Services department page: https://www.madisoncity.k12.al.us/domain/131 .

For the week of Nov. 6, Madison City Schools had a total of eight (8) new positive cases of Covid-19 across our district. We currently have 189 staff and students in quarantine from being associated with positive or presumptive cases. The school-by-school breakdown is under the health services link above.

Here is the October 30th report:
This week, we have a total of four (4) new positive cases of Covid-19 in our district. We currently have 117 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: 1 employee, 0 students
Madison: 0 employees, 0 students
Mill Creek: 0 employees, 1 student
Rainbow: 0 employees, 0 students
West Madison: 1 employee, 0 students
Pre-K: 0 employees, 0 students
Discovery: 0 employees, 0 students
Liberty: 0 employees, 0 students
Bob Jones: 0 employees, 0 students
James Clemens: 0 employees, 1 student
District: 0 employees
 
Quarantined (Does not include new positive cases):
Columbia: 1 employee, 3 students
Heritage: 1 employee, 6 students
Horizon: 1 employee, 4 students
Madison: 0 employees, 7 students
Mill Creek: 1 employee, 21 students
Rainbow: 1 employee, 4 students
West Madison: 1 employee, 15 students
Pre-K: 0 employees, 3 students
Discovery: 1 employee, 3 students
Liberty: 1 employee, 9 students
Bob Jones: 2 employees, 18 students
James Clemens: 1 employee, 6 students
District: 3 employees.   


THIS IS THE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 REPORT.

This week, we have a total of eight (8) new positive cases of Covid-19 in our district. We currently have 121 staff and students in quarantine from being associated with positive or presumptive cases.

  • Positive Cases:
    Columbia: 0 employees, 0 students
    Heritage: 0 employees, 0 students
    Horizon: 1 employees, 0 students
    Madison: 0 employees, 0 students
    Mill Creek: 0 employees, 0 students
    Rainbow: 0 employees, 0 students
    West Madison: 0 employees, 1 students
    Pre-K: 0 employees, 0 students
    Discovery: 0 employees, 0 students
    Liberty: 0 employees, 1 students
    Bob Jones: 1 employees, 2 student
    James Clemens: 2 employees, 0 students
    District: 0 employees
     
    Quarantined (Does not include new positive cases):
    Columbia: 2 employee, 3 student
    Heritage: 0 employees, 10 students
    Horizon: 1 employees, 2 students
    Madison: 0 employees, 5 students
    Mill Creek: 1 employee, 4 students
    Rainbow: 0 employees, 3 students
    West Madison: 1 employee, 14 students
    Pre-K: 0 employee, 2 student
    Discovery: 1 employees, 6 students
    Liberty: 1 employees, 23 students
    Bob Jones: 5 employees, 8 students
    James Clemens: 3 employees, 24 students
    District: 2 employees.

 


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