At their regular meeting earlier this month, the Madill Public Schools Board of Education heard initial details of a plan for instruction at MPS for the upcoming school years. Superintendent Larry Case said flexibility would be key moving forward with the COVID-19 pandemic contininuing.
Details of the MPS plan emerged after The Madill Record went to press for its June 18 issue. The plan was released via social media on June 17. We have included the plan in its entirety to inform students and families associated with MPS:
“Madill Public School has been planning and implementing new precautions and safety measures as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year. New disinfecting machines have been purchased and will be used daily. If parents or students feel compelled to wear masks, please feel free to purchase those for use at school. Temperature check procedures will be put into place and followed each day. After many hours of debate, we will start school as planned according to the 2020-2021 calendar on August 13, 2020.
“We are excited to announce the opening of our PAWS Academy. Madill Public School will be offering a three option approach to learning beginning August of 2020. All of these options will allow students to participate in extracurricular activities such as fine arts, sports, or field trips. However, the students enrolled in the virtual option will have other guidelines than those in option one and two. Prior to the uncertainties regarding the health climate, we had the initial planning put into place so that each student could obtain an individualized quality education that meets their personal needs. Now with the constant changing environment, these options have become of the utmost importance to assist our students and families.
“Option one is the most traditional option. It allows students to attend school and receive instruction on-site in a classroom with face to face instruction. All students will automatically be enrolled in option one. Option two is a blended learning approach, allowing students the benefits of both virtual instruction and face to face instruction. Option three is an all virtual classroom. Students will be educated at home via an online learning management system guided by a MPS certified teacher.
“It is a given that school will look very different in the fall. New precautions and cleaning measures will be put into place and the students and staff will be at the forefront of our ongoing planning measures. Families interested in an option other than traditional classroom setting should fill out the following form embedded below to be contacted and answer any questions you may have.
“Please see the attached graphic to better explain our three option educational opportunities. We feel that all children can succeed given the right platform and environment that best suits them individually.
“If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at any of our site offices. We are looking forward to educating your students in the coming school year.
Case’s letter did include a link to a survey for parents and guardians to submit an enrollment request through Google Forms. The link is as follows: https://docs.google.com/forms /d/e/1FAIpQLSdmhsUXjYuA f_2JyXXwQl0lV7-xTwuNr9e-L2TqlSnCxPtEx0Q/viewform.