MADISON, CT — School officials are "optimistic" that the current low coronavirus infection rate will continue and there will be an in-person reopening for all students.
"Our plan is designed to be seamless and responsive to changes in State and local infection data," said interim Superintendent of Schools JeanAnn C. Paddyfote, Ph.D. in a letter to families. "We want staff and students to move with ease from one learning platform to another."
Paddyfote said that as the state's health and education departments come up with "guidance for school districts to use when making a determination to move from one model of instruction to another," Madison is forging ahead hoping that the virus will have abated enough to see kids in classrooms.
But, plans have been crafted to support a partial reopening and full distance learning at a future date if the public health data changes, she said.
The following activities are under development:
Follow-up survey to parents—To be sent the first week of August;
School-based communications to parents and students to support re-engagement of students;
Virtual Town Hall webinar with Administrators to address school reopening questions;
Virtual school tours to help students become familiar with the “new” school environment; and
Covid-19 related professional development for staff and orientation for students.
Madison Public Schools sent its full plan to the state Department of Education Friday. You can read the full report here: