Madison Central administration discuss staffing issues at Elementary School

Madison Central School District administration is discussing what it may have to do going forward, as a number of Madison Elementary staff are either out of school because of positive COVID-19 tests or for being close contacts to positive cases.  During the Madison Central School Board’s meeting Monday, Superintendent Joel Jorgenson told board members that they are looking at possibly moving the elementary school to online remote learning.  He said that there are currently eight Madison Elementary school staff out.

Madison Elementary Principal Janel Guse told the board that they had twelve substitute teachers in the elementary building on Monday.   

Guse said that the teachers and staff are prepared for if or when the switch to online remote learning may need to happen. Jorgenson said if the switch needs to be made, that older siblings in middle or high school would be allowed to use an alternative learning method as well if they are needed to take care of younger siblings.  

School Board president Tom Farrell said that the concept of possibly closing only one building instead of the whole district is being done in many districts across the state. 

Superintendent Jorgenson said that this is a discussion he’d rather not have to have, but that it’s the reality of the situation right now. 

School board members Monday voted to have the Superintendent decide whether or not schools need to be closed due to COVID-related issues.  

Jorgenson said last night that while they have decided not to move the elementary school to online remote learning right now, they do want parents to be prepared in case the decision is made to do so in the near future.