(Posted Jan. 13, 2021)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
Madison-Plains Local Schools returned to classes on Jan. 11.
The district returned in a hybrid educational model, with 50 percent of students in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays and the remaining 50 percent of students in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. All students have virtual classes on Wednesdays.
The district removed tables and other furniture from classrooms to ensure that all students and staff members are six feet apart in classes, in the cafeteria, and in the gymnasium.
The district is seeing waning COVID-19 cases, as is Madison County as a whole.
“We are hopeful that they will remain good,” said Chad Eisler, superintendent.
The district is planning for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination to staff members in the district. The vaccine will be available to staff members in schools in Phase 1B of the vaccine’s release, which is anticipated to arrive in February, according to Gov. Mike DeWine’s office.
Staff members will not be mandated to receive the vaccination, but it will be available to all staff members who want it.
In other news, the district is continuing to deliver meals to families. Families participating in the hybrid educational model can receive three days’ worth of meals, including breakfast and lunch, per child to account for the school days where their child is not at school. Families whose students are fully remote can receive five days’ worth of meals per child.
Meals are delivered at bus stops each Wednesday. Families must sign up to receive meals.