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Congratulations to the following students for their performances on the 5th Grade Essay Contest sponsored by the Florida Retired Educators Association, Madison Unit:

Madison Roberts - 1st Place

Kimberly Morgan Stinson - 2nd Place

Alyssa Graham - 3rd Place

Rylee Evans - Honorable Mention

Austin Westerman - Honorable Mention

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has launched a vitally important education impact survey for Florida educators and parents to share their thoughts and opinions on recent crisis response from the Florida Department of Education, their local school district, and their school. This feedback will help us achieve our number one goal of keeping Florida’s students safe while ensuring they continue to receive the best education in the nation.

This short, 2-minute survey, is intended to be completed by parents, educators and students throughout Florida to include and incorporate their opinions on the next steps for education due to COVID-19.

This survey does not request any personal information and your answers will remain strictly anonymous. 

Please help FDOE by sharing your opinion on how to move forward, together, to mitigate the spread and to reach out number one goal – ensuring Florida students continue to receive a great education.

Access the suvey here.

Florida Extends Distance Learning Through Remainder of Academic Year

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 18, 2020 – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 schools continue distance learning and keep school campuses closed through June 3rd, the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced that Florida is setting the pace nationwide for distance learning.

 

Florida’s school districts have worked diligently with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to operationalize their distance learning plans by March 30, and FDOE provided that same support to public charter schools and many private schools, ensuring continuation of the best possible educational services throughout Florida.  

 

“Although COVID-19 has been a huge disruption for Florida students and educators, Florida teachers have done a fantastic job leading the nation in distance learning. Our number one goal is to ensure the safety and security of students and to provide a great education. At this point, opening school campuses would cause a massive shift for our students, teachers and families who have done a great job of adapting to distance education,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Florida’s education community has risen to the occasion, Florida students are resilient, and I am proud of Florida’s educators. We will do everything we can to continue supporting distance learning throughout the state.”

 

“Today’s recommendation to continue distance learning, will give our students, their families, teachers and our school leaders the ability to maximize student learning, while ensuring everyone’s health and safety continues to be our first priority,” said Commissioner Richard Corcoran. “As students continue to excel in distance learning, we will continue to work with superintendents, school administrations, colleges, teachers, parents and students to implement best practices, resources and support systems to ensure positive educational outcomes for those most affected.”

 

In March, FDOE also announced the cancellation of spring 2020 state assessments, meaning that schools gained back instructional time that will allow local districts and schools to still end the school year based on their local calendars.

 

For more information on COVID-19, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/index.stml.

The Madison County School District is adhering to the Board approved school calendar.  Both Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th are school holidays.  Schools will be closed and LUNCHES WILL NOT BE PROVIDED ON THOSE DATES.  Schools will reopen and lunches will be available at distribution sites on Tuesday, April 14th.

COVID-19 Update 3/17/2020

March 17, 2020

Florida Department of Education Announces Additional Guidance for the 2019-20 School Year

~ All public and private K-12 schools are closed through April 15, 2020 ~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 17, 2020 – Today, the Department of Education and Commissioner Richard Corcoran are using executive authority to support the Florida Division of Emergency Management to ensure Florida citizens are kept safe.

 

“The containment of COVID-19 is essential, and this is not a decision we made lightly. Districts have taken action and have instituted distance learning as a necessary precaution to protect students, educators, families, and Florida’s overall public health,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “We are working with our local school districts to provide guidance and help children who need access food during this time. Our number one priority is keeping our families safe and healthy and stopping the spread of this virus. These actions will help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Florida. I will continue to work with the Governor, Superintendents, Florida College System and the State University System to do whatever we can to protect our children, our families, and our communities.”

 

Commissioner Corcoran is taking the following actions, effective immediately:

 

School Districts

  • All public and private K-12 and career and technical center campuses are closed through April 15, 2020.   
  • Schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible to implement distance learning. 
  • School districts should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30, 2020, to the extent feasible and necessary. 
  • For Collier, Duval, Sumter and Union county school districts, which are all completing their extended spring break on March 20, 2020, school campuses will remain closed through April 15, 2020, although they will begin instruction virtually on March 23.
  • To support students with identified IEP-related services who may have a disruption in services, school districts are given flexibility for the remainder of the school year to provide alternative services or delay services until later in the summer months, in coordination with a student’s parents and IEP team. 

 

Assessments, Accountability and Promotion 

  • All remaining assessments for school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten and K-12 assessments are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • Requirements for graduation and promotion, and final course grades will be evaluated as though those assessments which were cancelled did not exist. 
  • K-12 school grades will not be calculated for 2019-2020 and schools in turnaround may continue their current status for 2020-2021 to avoid disruption to school leadership and operations. 
  • Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships shall be based on available data and results. Tests that were not available to be taken shall not be counted. 

 

Instructional Hours 

  • The Commissioner may reduce required instructional hours as necessary to accommodate for closures. 

 

Funding 

  • The Florida Department of Education and K-12 school districts are instructed to redirect unspent 2019-2020 funds from Reading Scholarship Accounts, the Reading Instruction Allocation, the Digital Classroom Allocation and the Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program to help low-income students purchase digital devices and establish Internet services. 
  • In order to facilitate the remote connection between teachers and students, K-12 school districts are further permitted to redirect unspent Title 2 funds to help low-income students purchase digital devices and establish Internet services. 
  • K-12 school districts are permitted to redirect unspent 2019-2020 funds from the Safe Schools and Mental Health allocations to virtual and telephonic mental health counseling services for students who need emotional support due to COVID-19. 
  • All school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten, K-12, career and technical centers and state college programs will receive their full allocation of funding, and therefore staff and contractors can be paid fully, through June 30, 2020, as though there was no disruption in education.   

 

Teachers

  • For the next 120 days, exam fees for teacher certification-related examinations will be waived, and test takers who were unable to take an exam due to test site locations closing will be granted an extension to meet these requirements. 

 

District School Board and State College Board of Trustees Meetings 

  • All district school board and state college board of trustees meetings through June 30, 2020, are postponed and may only be scheduled for emergency purposes only by the respective school district superintendent or college president.   
  • These meetings must be convened virtually or telephonically. 
  • If there is a vacancy or inability to serve on the part of the superintendent or college president, then the respective board chair may convene an emergency meeting.   
  • School districts and state colleges must ensure that meetings held by virtual means are accessible by interested members of the public.

 

Mass Gatherings and Community Events 

  • Commissioner Corcoran urges adherence to the CDC’s guidance for higher-risk populations by cancelling any mass gatherings, community events and extracurricular activities, including sports of more than 10 people in a single occupied space at any educational program, school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten, public and private K-12, career and technical centers, and public and private colleges and universities. 

 

School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten Programs

  • Commissioner Corcoran strongly recommend school readiness and voluntary prekindergarten programs adhere to the CDC’s guidance for higher-risk populations by limiting students and employees to no more than 10 people convening in a single occupied space, therefore breaking students into groups as necessary, maintaining social distancing best practices and proper hygiene. 

 

Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Offices 

  • All services provided by the divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services to clients shall be provided solely though virtual and telephonic methods to the extent possible. 
  • The Department will work with appropriate federal authorities to seek waivers for any federal requirements that may be impacted. 

 

Postsecondary Institutions 

  • All public state college and university, and private college and university campuses and buildings are closed for the remainder of the spring semester. 
  • Colleges and universities are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible. 
  • Colleges and universities should be prepared to extend their educational calendars through June 30, 2020, to the extent feasible and necessary. 

 

More Information

School Lunch

March 17, 2020

MADISON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRCT

School lunches provided:  Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27

 

11:00 a.m. ~~ 1:00 p.m.

 

Beginning Monday, March 23, a “grab & go” school lunch will be available for ALL students. These lunches may be picked up at the designated locations between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Students may receive the meal at the nearest location.  They do not have to go to their attendance school; however, the student must be present to receive a meal. (Lunches will not be consumed on the premises)

 

Lunches will be served at the following sites:

  • Greenville Elementary School
  • Lee Elementary School
  • Pinetta Elementary School
  • Church of God ~~ Colin Kelly Highway
  • Pineland Baptist Church ~~ County Camp Road
  • St. James Baptist Church ~~ Georgetown Road

 

Federal guidelines do not allow meals to be provided during the week of Spring Break (March 16 – 20).

 

Meals provided during this temporary school closing will not be packaged using food allergy considerations. Parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring and food allergy requirements.

 

Federal Department of Agriculture (National School Lunch Program) regulations requires the child to be present to receive a meal.

 

Subject to charge with additional guidance from Florida Department of Education

Florida Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran, has just announced Spring Break for Madison County students has been extended from March 16-20 to now include March 23-27.  Students will report back to school on March 30, 2020.  

 

Teachers and staff will receive further instructions at the beginning of next week. 

Families and Parents:                                                                                                                                                                 March 17, 2020

 

  • Spring Break for students is extended through march 27.  School resumes March 30, 2020;
  • Activities:  The Board has mandated that ALL extra-curricular activities and trips (students and staff) be cancelled until further notice;
  • School Lunch:  Beginning Monday, march 23, a “grab & go” school lunch will be available for ALL students.  These lunches may be picked up at the designated locations between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Students may receive the meal at the nearest location.  They do not have to go to their attendance school; however, the student must be present to receive a meal.  (Lunches will not be consumed on the premises.);
  • Self-isolation:
  1. Individuals returning from international travel must self-isolate 14 days from the time they return to the United States.
  2. Individuals returning from cruises must self-isolate 14 days from the time they return from the cruise.

 

Employees:

Students who are NOT your dependents are NOT allowed on campus.

 

Please find below the work schedule for the week of March 23-27, 2020.  This limited reporting will allow us to maintain the sanitation of our sites while preparing for the return of employees and students on March 30.

 

12-month Employees – Normal work schedules.  Return to work:  March 23.  This includes:

  • Administrators (District and School-Based);
  • 12-month Instructional Staff (Specialists – administrative and instructional, etc.);
  • 12-month Support Staff (Clerical, Security, Maintenance, IT, Custodial, etc.).
  • 10-month Instructional Staff (Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists) – March 23-27 limited days.  Return to work:  March 23 (8:00-3:00).  Principal will give further directions on Monday.

 

  • 10 and 11-month Support Staff (Paraprofessionals, Interpreters, Job Coaches, Truancy Officers) – March 23-27 limited days.  Return to work:  March 23 (8:00-3:00).  Principal will give further directions on Monday.

 

  • 11-month Support Staff (Clerical) – March 23-27 limited days.  Return to work:  March 23 (8:00-3:00).  Principal will give further directions on Monday.

 

  • School Resource Officer – Hours vary; specific instructions to be provided by your supervisor.

 

Additionally, we have identified certain areas as mission critical to ensure we are able to provide meals to students at each school, continue the sanitation of our facilities, and support delivery of additional instructional materials to schools.  Currently those areas include:

  • Food Service
  • Transportation
  • Maintenance

 

Impacted employees in these groups will receive additional instructions from their supervisor.

 

Please monitor site for updates.