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3/27/20 Update from the Superintendent.  Click on the link below to view the information.

Madison County Supplemental Declaration Stay at Home Order

 

3/25/20 Message from Madison County Schools

Friday, March 27th, from 4-6 pm, family food boxes provided by The Lord’s Harvest, with meat and produce will be distributed to any Madison County Schools family, with children ages 0-18, who would like to pick one up. Pick up places will be at the Hot Springs Salvation Army, the Spring Creek Fire Department, the Walnut Fire Department, the Laurel Fire Department, the Mars Hill Fire Department (Annex), and the Ebbs Chapel Community Center.

3/25/20 Update from the Superintendent

Governor Roy Cooper announced on Monday, March 23 that schools will remain closed until May 15. Although school buildings are closed, learning can and will continue in Madison County Public Schools.  Last week, Madison County Schools began implementing our plan for remote learning. Our Remote Learning Plan, which is posted to our website, will help guide remote learning opportunities during this school closure.

Here is how MCS has continued to move forward this week and in the weeks to come:
Remote learning packets, digital resources and schedules for all K-12 students are continually updated on our school and district websites, and through direct communication from our MCS teachers who are available to provide support and offer assistance during this time.
• Our counselors and social workers are available to speak with any parent or student during this closure period.
• Staff and senior leaders continue to lean on the state for guidance as we move forward with remote learning opportunities for students.
• WiFi connectivity is available in the parking lots of Madison High School, Madison Early College High School, Madison Middle School, and Hot Springs Elementary School. We would also like to thank our partners at Mars Hill University and AB Tech who have WiFi access in their campus parking lots.
• We have secured digital Hot Spots for students, and connectivity for 5 of our school buses, through grants from the Dogwood Trust and support from ourpartners in Madison County Government.

Regular meal service will continue as long as circumstances permit. Today our child nutrition staff prepared, and our drivers delivered 1,300 breakfast and lunch meals to Madison County children up to 18 years of age.  On Friday, March 27th, from 4-6pm, family food boxes provided by The Lord’s Harvest, with meat and produce will be distributed to any Madison County Schools family, with children ages 0-18, who would like to pick one up. Pick up places will be at the Hot Springs Salvation Army, the Spring Creek Fire Department, the Walnut Fire Department, the Laurel Fire Department, the Mars Hill Fire Department (Annex), and the Ebbs Chapel Community Center. 

We appreciate the service of our community Fire departments, community leaders, churches, health care providers during this challenging public health
crisis."  We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as school staff and administrators navigate through this exceptional time in our nation and our state. If you have any questions during this closure period, please don’t hesitate to call your child’s principal, or call me on my cell phone at 618-0004. 

 

3/23/20 Update from the Superintendent

Today at 1:00 PM Governor Roy Cooper announced a statewide Executive Order closing all North Carolina public schools through May 15, 2020.

I want to thank our principals, teachers and teacher assistants for developing distance-learning opportunities for our students that were put into place last week. I want to thank our students and parents for working in unison with our staff to implement remote learning. Together we all recognize that we need to stay in close contact as teachers, students and guardians to continue to nurture the social and emotional well-being of our students. Students and particularly our SENIORS - we are hopeful that school will be getting back in session in May and we will be promoting the activities that allow us to showcase YOU. We are thinking of you, and we continue to develop plans daily to ensure that you are at the center of each decision.

While school buildings are closed for students, we will continue to provide meal service through the Madison County Schools’ Child Nutrition program. Cafeteria staff, clerical staff and bus drivers prepared and delivered over 3,000 meals last week to our students. That critical service continued today and, based on the Governor’s statement, will continue as long as circumstances permit. We want to thank our staff for fulfilling this critical public school mission! We also want to thank our custodial staff, and our maintenance staff for supporting meal service, keeping supply orders up to date, and keeping our buildings and grounds clean and safe. I also want to inform parents that the North Carolina State Board of Education voted unanimously today to seek a one-year waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for federal student testing and accountability requirements for the 201920 school year because of school closures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, if anyone would like to speak with a Madison County Schools educator, please feel free to call your child’s principal or call me on my cell phone at 6180004, at any time. No question is off the table.

The Board of Education and I want to thank our parents and guardians for your steady support during this statewide health emergency. We appreciate your willingness to come together to solve problems as we support our students, and each other, through this unforeseen health crisis.

3/20/20 Reminder 

On Friday, March 20th, from 4-6pm family food boxes provided by the Lord’s Harvest, with meat and produce will be distributed to any family who would like to pick one up. Pick up places will be at the Hot Springs Salvation Army, the Spring Creek Fire Department, the Walnut Fire Department, the Laurel Fire Department, the Mars Hill Fire Department, and the Ebbs Chapel Community Center.  We appreciate the service of our community Fire departments, community leaders, churches, health care providers and the leadership of our county Health Director, Tammy Cody.

 

3/18/20 Update from the Superintendent

On behalf of Madison County Schools I would like to again thank you for your trust and patience during this closure period. We are hoping for the best and planning for the worst as we all go through this.  When Governor Cooper delivered the Executive Order on Saturday, he closed K-12 schools for a minimum of 2 weeks. Madison County Schools is preparing for a longer closure period, and we want you, our families, to be prepared. Schools have been surveying you this week on Internet access, we have written grants for additional hot spot connectivity for our students without WiFi access and connectivity for our school buses and bookmobile. We have published on our website designated areas of our parking lots with Internet service and we are working with community volunteers to provide additional food support for our families. All of this while we are working to prepare learning packets, curriculum and meal delivery should the Governor extend his order and close schools for additional weeks.

Today we prepared and delivered over 500 meals to children in our community ages 0-18. We will continue to use yellow buses to deliver hot lunches and supplemental food with staff members and volunteers during this time. If you would like a meal delivered to your child please call your child’s school, central office at 828-649-9276 or me on my cell phone at 618-0004 and we will get you connected to services you may need for distance learning, nutrition, or health and wellness.

On Friday, March 20th, from 4-6pm family food boxes provided by the Lord’s Harvest, with meat and produce will be distributed to any family who would like to pick one up.  Pick up places will be at the Hot Springs Salvation Army, the Spring Creek Fire Department, the Walnut Fire Department, the Laurel Fire Department, the Mars Hill Fire Department, and the Ebbs Chapel Community Center.  We appreciate the service of our community Fire departments, community leaders, churches, health care providers and the leadership of our county Health Director, Tammy Cody.

Finally, I want to say how extremely proud I am of our Madison County Schools staff. Every employee, regardless of assigned duty, has come together to provide the best possible care for our students. We will continue to make positive things happen within our county because the children of our county depend on us and we are not going to let them down.

Thank you and have a great evening!

Dr. Will Hoffman, Superintendent

3/16/20 Update from the Superintendent

Today we served lunches to approximately 450 students countywide. Starting tomorrow, we will be delivering over 450 meals throughout the county using yellow buses and meal pickup for our students will be available at each school between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm. These meals are for any child in Madison County Schools between 0 and 18 years of age. If a parent would like their child to be added to the meal delivery list please call your child’s school by 9:00 am tomorrow morning.

A "Distance Learning" tab has been established on our district web page. These packets are designed for review after a two week window of time. Madison County Schools will continue to update these links and add materials for your students. While the Governor’s Executive Order calls for school closure for up to a 2 week period of time, we want to be prepared should this order be extended. Regardless, Madison County Schools will continue to modify, upload, and deliver instruction to your child. Please check the district page, as well as your child’s school webpage weekly for updates to your child's instructional distance learning packet.

If you have any need related to instructional services, student meals, or health and wellness please don’t hesitate to fill out the community outreach forms online, or call your child’s school or the district phone number at 828-649-9276 and we will get you connected to the assistance you and your family needs.

Thank you for your support of Madison County Schools and have a great evening!

 

3/16/20 Update from the Superintendent                                                                                   

Madison County Schools will be providing a to go lunch for all of our students during the school closures. Please drive by your child's school today, Monday, March 16th during the hours of 11:00 am until 2:00 pm to pick up a free to go hot lunch for your child.

 

3/15/20 Update from the Superintendent

We would like to update parents on important procedures regarding at home learning and food distribution our schools will be following beginning tomorrow, March 16.

Kindergarten through 5th grade at home student learning packets have been uploaded to the school and district websites. You will be able pick up those packets starting tomorrow from 11:00 – 2:00 at your child’s school. If you are not able to pick up a learning packet, or if you do not have access to a computer, all K-5 teachers will be calling parents to discuss at home learning opportunities and answer any questions you may have.

Madison Middle School students have already received their at home learning packets.

High School students will receive direction on instructional protocols from their principal and teacher in the coming days, students may also access our campus parking areas for Internet access to help with online assignments.

Each of our schools will continue to provide guidance for families on at home learning during this closure period through school messaging.

At this time students from all schools are invited to pick up a free hot lunch, and any personal belongings your child may need from 11:00-2:00 tomorrow at your child’s school. We will continue to develop food distribution plans this week that will include school pick up of meals and home delivery of meals through our school transportation department. We will survey families who would like to receive meals with options that include school pick up or at home delivery. Child nutrition is making all meals free for each of our K-12 students during the closure period.

As always, we thank you for your support and understanding through this process. We will continue to keep you informed both from the district and school level as we go through this school closure period together, and as new information becomes available.

 

3/14/20 Update from the Superintendent

Today at 4:30 pm Governor Roy Cooper announced a Statewide Executive Order closing all North Carolina public schools for a minimum of 2 weeks beginning Monday, March 16. Furthermore, based on input from the Madison County Health Department, all early childhood centers and school age care centers will be closed until further notice. Madison County Schools senior staff will meet tomorrow morning to further develop plans for our students that include distance learning and providing meals during this closure. We will communicate those plans to students and families through school and district phone messaging, our website and Facebook. The Board of Education and I want to thank you for your patience during this statewide health emergency. My staff and I will continue to provide additional information to students and families as it becomes available.

Thank you and have a safe evening!

 

3/12/20                                

Update from the Superintendent

Based on directives from the Madison County Health Department and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association all Madison County Schools interscholastic athletics are suspended until further notice, this includes all workouts, skill development, practices and contests.

 

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Update from the Superintendent Coronavirus (COVID-19) 3.12.20

2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

 

 

District continues prioritizing diligent cleaning, hygiene

Madison County Schools is proactively coordinating with the Madison County Public Health Department regarding the new coronavirus. You may have heard it referred to as COVID-19.

To keep the risk low in Madison County Schools, staff and students are being encouraged to continue the best practices for good hygiene promoted daily throughout the district:

·         Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

·         Avoid close contact with people who are ill

·         Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze

·         Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose

·         Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched

These measures are already emphasized at all of our schools during flu season. In addition, the school system's custodial-supply company stocks all schools with appropriate products for disinfecting and cleaning common-touch areas such as water fountains, doors, desks and tables.

The district will continue working with the Madison County Public Health Department to monitor this situation and take appropriate measures.  

 

 Hand washing