Madison Central School Board approves Back to School Plan for upcoming school year

The Madison Central School Board has approved the district’s Back to School Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.  The original plan was developed last year and updated by a committee, who then recommended the updated plan to the school board for its approval. 

Superintendent Joel Jorgenson outlined some of the changes in the plan during the board’s meeting on Monday night. He said that the district is planning to start at Level One, which means in-person instruction and masks optional.  Jorgenson said that as the school year progresses, any level changes will be considered by building instead of district-wide.

Jorgenson said that in order for a school building to move to Level Two, the number of active cases in the building has to go above one-and-a-half percent of the building’s enrollment.  If a building is moved to Level Two, Jorgenson said that masks would then be required until the percentage of active cases dropped again.

After presenting the updated plan, the board took comments from several people in attendance at Monday’s meeting.  Carrie Studer spoke and encouraged the board to require masks for students this school year.

Board President Tom Farrell also read a letter signed by three medical professionals from Madison Regional Health System promoting a mask requirement.

Brenda Hanley encouraged the board to keep masks in schools optional no matter what.

Superintendent Jorgenson said that the committee and the board have worked hard to come up with the best plan possible for the students and staff.  

The board unanimously approved the updated Back to School Plan.  

Madison Central Back to School Plan 2021-2022

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