School-wide Update - A Message from Madison Academy President, Terry Davis (April 10, 2020)
Upper School Plan - A message from Upper School Principal, Brian Privett
MA Family,Good afternoon, my prayer is that you had a restful spring break and have adjusted to our new living situations. I have tried to compose this letter many times in my head but the words simply got stuck. There is so much to say, inform and explain that is hard to focus on what to say first. I will provide a bulleted list of things you should know as we begin this ever so strange Educational Experience together. When we started our e-learning three weeks ago, we thought that would get us through the hump and we would be back to normal tomorrow April 6, 2020. Now we know that is not true, so how are we to finish the school year and have our babies ready to begin the next school year in August?
- We will implement 4-day work weeks. Students will have assignments/zoom meetings etc. M-Th of each week.
- Friday’s will be catch-up days along with days to coordinate further instruction/Q & A time with teachers.
- All assignments will be due by mid-night the Sunday after being assigned.
- Re-evaluation of work load will take place weekly as not to add immense stress and hardship on our families.
- School will be open Tuesday, April 7th from 7:30-10:00 (Mrs. Bailey) and 1:30-4:00 (Mrs. Lusk) if you need to pick up supplies for your child.
- Library books can be dropped off during this time as well.
- For your convenience, a zoom schedule will be sent Sunday evenings for the following week. Please put the pertinent times in your calendar.
- We would like to schedule an end of the year class party/class awards once this is over. More info to come.
- Emails will be sent at the beginning of each week listing the assignments to be completed that week.
- This year’s 4th graders will attend Space Camp the week of September 25th as 5th graders(4th grade teachers will chaperone them).
- Current 5th graders will be given the opportunity to attend the DC trip April of 2021 with the rising 5th graders.
- I will send weekly newsletters on Sunday’s to keep you abreast of upcoming events.
- Patience as we are all charting unexplored waters.
- Please read all emails from school in their entirety.
- Support and encourage your child as best you can.
- Avoid frustration by reaching out to teachers when facing struggles with assignments/concepts. Teachers are still working and can be reached best by email during normal school hours.
- Place your child’s zoom schedule in your calendar. Teachers will be teaching during these times. These are not optional meetings.
- Communicate with us about difficulties, frustrations, what works well, and work load.
March 26, 2020
Good Evening MA Family,
I hope this note finds you well and nestled in with your family for the evening.
I’m sure that by now you have heard that Governor Ivey has announced that Alabama’s public school students will not return to classes for the remainder of the school year due to precautions related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Instead, they will finish their year remotely through distance learning and other methods, as we have been doing.
I wanted to reach out to you and let you know that Madison Academy students will be following this same directive and will also not return to school for the remainder of the year. We will, however, continue with our remote learning as we have already been doing to finish out our year. The good news is that we are ahead of the curve with two weeks already under our belt; and I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our teachers and the way our students are responding to a new way of learning.
There will be several questions that we can address as we move forward. We will stay in touch. However, to ease your mind, there are a couple I would like to address now. First, you may have heard on the news that public schools will likely extend their year into the month of June. Please know that since our instruction has continued remotely and will do so for the balance of the year, our calendar dates will remain as it is published with no need to extend our year. Secondly, I would also add that students will continue to receive grades and credits as if they were going to the building every day. This is very important, as our students complete their year’s coursework and prepare to move on to the next grade level or college.
We have been communicating and planning throughout the day with our board, our administrative teams and our teachers; and meetings will be continuing tomorrow and beyond. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to insure we provide the best experience we can for our students.
We will be following up with more specific information as we move forward. For now, I hope you have a restful night and a great day tomorrow. Enjoy your Spring Break. All is well.
Thank you for all you do for our school.
Terry Davis, President
In light of quickly changing developments, the decision has been made to suspend classes effective immediately. Personnel will be at school Monday 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday morning from 8:00 a.m. - Noon for parents and/or students to pick up devices, packets, medications, and other items at school that they will need during this extended suspension of on-campus activities.
Athletic events may continue through Tuesday night (March 17, 2020) unless we are otherwise directed by health authorities or the AHSAA. Please check with your coach for information related to your contest.
Our concern for the health and safety of our students, staff, and their families is the driving factor in our decisions. There are still many unknowns, but as of now, we plan to resume classes on April 6, 2020. This could change based on the recommendations of those charged with containing this outbreak.
In response to the State of Emergency issued by Governor Ivy, we will suspend on-campus activities for students at the end of the day this Tuesday, March 17. Instruction will continue online through sources like Google Classroom and Canvas. This suspension includes extracurricular activities, as well.
We have been preparing for this contingency. We have already begun trial runs with students and will continue them Monday and Tuesday. Right now, the plan is to resume activities on campus at the end of our scheduled Spring break.
In the words of the apostle Paul, I know that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Let’s all pray for those affected by this global pandemic and do what we can to contain it.
March 13, 2020 • Instructions to upper school regarding distance learning
March 11, 2020
Dear MA Family,
As you are well aware, there is growing concern globally and within our country in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While our state has not had any reported cases as of this writing, we want to assure you that we are taking precautionary steps to prepare should that situation change. Our highest priority is the safety of our students and staff, and we are proactively monitoring the information as it is released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Alabama Department of Public Health, and other organizations that deal directly with schools. As we prepare, I would like to provide you with the following information and ask for your help in partnering with us should we be faced with situations related to the virus.
We are especially mindful of the potential impact to upcoming school trips planned for later this spring and summer. We are closely monitoring these trips and will be handling those on a case-by-case basis. At this point, we have cancelled two upcoming trips; our band trip to Atlanta, GA, this coming weekend and our student trip to Europe that was scheduled for Spring Break. We will keep you informed through our administration and/or trip sponsors should situations arise that would warrant other cancellations or re-schedules.
Spring Break is almost here for our students and staff members. We sincerely hope everyone has a fun and relaxing break before we start the final stretch of the school year. Knowing that many of you will be traveling, we would ask that you be mindful of the CDC travel guidelines (cdc.gov) when making decisions and finalizing plans.
As you are probably aware, certain countries such as China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea are listed as level 2 or 3 and considered high risk. Others will likely follow. In order to best protect our students and staff, we would ask that you contact our school nurse, Kristi Smith, at email@example.com, beforehand if you are planning to travel internationally. We would ask that you be prepared for a potential period of self quarantine upon your return.
If during your travels, you come in close contact with someone who has traveled to high risk areas or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask that you contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
Planning for Possible School Closure
It is our hope that MA will continue to operate as normal without any school closures. However, as you have probably heard through the news, some systems around the country have had to close temporarily. Our plan is to take precautions should a closure need to occur.
Our teachers have already been preparing content/activities in order to be able to deliver instruction to students while they are at home. Our primary method will be a distance learning platform (E-Learning) using our student devices (laptops and iPads). Teachers will be communicating with students through simple email, as well as through various tools like Canvas and Google Classroom. We will be working with students over the next few weeks to hone their skills and make sure they are prepared.
Prevention on Campus
Our faculty and staff members are working diligently, cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day to insure we are as germ-free as possible. We are also in the process of taking additional measures, such as placing extra hand sanitizing stations throughout the building, as well as providing hospital grade-wipes for classrooms. We will continue to explore and work to make our learning environment as healthy as possible.
One way you can help us is to keep your children at home for at least 24 hours when they are sick or running a fever, and do not allow them to return until they are symptom and fever free without use of medication.
This page on our website will provide additional resources and hopefully be beneficial to you as we work through the COVIS-19 situation. We will try to keep it updated with information throughout our journey together.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of us.
Kristi Smith, R.N. Dir. Of Health Services (email@example.com)
Brian Privett, Upper School Principal(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Missy Lusk, Lower School Principal (email@example.com)
Jodi McCaghren, Little MA Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Terry Davis, President (email@example.com)
Please pray for those affected by this disease and their families, wisdom for the medical professionals involved, and protection of our community.
Thanks for all you do for our school. We appreciate you.
MA Sponsored Trip Updates
- Graduation - Postponed
- Music Mania - TBD
- Mary Poppins - TBD
- Jr-Sr Banquet - Cancelled
- Europe Trip - Cancelled
- Band Trip – Cancelled
- Washington Trip – Cancelled
- Ecuador Mission Trip – Cancelled