UPDATE March 12, 2020:
Following Gov. Andy Beshear’s press conference this evening, Madison County Schools is announcing its closure beginning Monday, March 16, through the end of spring break on Friday, April 10. Our plan does include use of our NTI program for students during the time we are closed. Following a meeting with the Commissioner of Education tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., Superintendent Gilliam will be providing families, students, and staff with more specific details of our plans for the closure. Please visit the district’s social media pages, website, and watch for e-mail updates beginning tomorrow afternoon. We realize there will be many questions following this announcement. We will answer as many of those questions as we can beginning tomorrow afternoon. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Thank you also for your support.
Madison County Schools is working to maintain the most current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. We remain in constant contact with the Madison County Health Department and state health officials to ensure that we are taking all necessary steps to protect our students and our staff.
What you need to know:
- Cleaning -- Custodians are fully sanitizing buildings each day. Throughout the day, custodians are disinfecting common surfaces regularly. The transportation department is disinfecting buses regularly.
- Students -- Staff are working with students to provide time for proper hand washing and hand sanitizing throughout the day. Students are encouraged to wash their hands before eating. Students are encouraged not to share things like pencils and notebooks. Students are also reminded to sneeze or cough on their sleeve and not their hands.
- Parents -- Parents and guardians can help too by encouraging students to wash their hand regularly at school and at home. Parents and guardians can also help by reminding students of the importance of sneezing and coughing onto their sleeve instead of their hands. Washing jackets, coats, and backpacks regularly can also help stop the spread of illnesses like COVID-19.
- NTI -- We are fortunate to be able to utilize non-traditional instruction for our students. This year, we have used only 3 NTI days. We are allowed as many as 10 in a school year. If we are advised by health officials that closing school is necessary, we could certainly implement our remaining NTI days.
- Closing -- Until we are advised by health officials that it is necessary, we will continue with our regular schedule. This includes regular school days as well as activities, meetings, and events. If changes are to be made, parents and guardians will be notified by phone, text, and/or e-mail as well as through social media and the district's website.
It is of utmost importance that we all work together to stay healthy and safe. It is best to remain calm and informed through viable sources.