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Dodger Update, 12/23 - Winter Break Message
Mark Schwarz
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Dodgers,

Congratulations on reaching the last day of school in 2020! As we approach the break this week and prepare to say goodbye to this unforgettable year, please review the following updates and consider taking a moment to thank one of our professionals for their work throughout this pandemic. We have an incredible team of educators and support staff that love your children. A kind word from you would would mean the world to them. 

Thursday’s CALI report shows our region remaining at the “High Risk” level, however some rates have declined. 

For the first time in months, the new case rate and percent positivity rate have declined. While we are hopeful that this is a sign that transmission rates are leveling off, our community must remain vigilant to minimize the risk of transmission. Please continue to complete the daily health screener on behalf of your child. If your child or any member of your household is experiencing any signs of potential illness, please have your children remain home. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school nurse for further information.

MPS has experienced its first “potential case” of in-school transmission. 

The exposure and potential transmission took place at the elementary level wherein a student may have transmitted the virus to the classroom teacher. The district worked closely with the local department of health to gather all of the relevant data. Please note that the district remains committed to maintaining a safe and sanitary learning environment for all students as well as staff. Parents and students can assist in these efforts by remaining diligent with safety procedures, including the guidance above. 

During the Winter Break, continue to report positive COVID-19 tests to the MHD and your school nurse.

While schools will be closed over the break, our school nurses will have time allocated to check emails and follow up on cases, as appropriate. If you or someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19, contact the Madison Health Department immediately and notify your school nurse by email. We will be in contact with you, as necessary. 

Parents should closely monitor student Chromebook use over the break. 

The district Go Guardian and Gaggle alerts will remain active to ensure that police and school officials are notified if a child may be in danger. However, non-emergency alerts will not be monitored until school resumes in January. Parents should always be mindful of student internet usage, especially when school is not in session. 

Thank you for your unwavering partnership. We may not yet be through with this ordeal, but we are greeting the New Year of 2021 united and Madison Strong. Best wishes for a recuperative break and a very Happy New Year!

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Upcoming events:

  • Dec 24-Jan 3 - Winter Break
  • Mon, Jan 4 - 1st day of school in 2021
  • Tues, Jan 5 - Board Reorganization meeting, 7pm
  • Wed, Jan 13 - Superintendent Coffee, 7pm
  • Thur, Jan 26 - District Facilities Planning Presentation (w/ educational specifications update), 7pm