December 14, 2020
Dear Madeira Families,
As we conclude Mod 3, we already look forward to the learning that will take place in Mod 4. Barring an order from local or state officials, Madeira will open for remote learning on January 4 and for both in-person and remote learning starting on January 19. While we recognize the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the country, we are confident in our virus risk mitigation protocols and procedures.
The second half of the school year will see many of our traditional events with some adjustments, of course, as well as some new opportunities. In addition to community wellness, our continued priority will be to deliver high quality instruction along with opportunities for social and emotional connection as we continue to foster our vibrant community culture.
We recognize that COVID-19 is predicted to surge in January, so we want all students and families to be aware of the norms on campus for Mod 4:
All students must preventatively quarantine for the first two weeks of the Mod (January 4-18.) Linked is the definition of quarantine, and we recognize this is more rigid than most students have been practicing over the past few weeks. It is vital to our community well-being that all students follow this preventative quarantine; our ability to re-open successfully depends on it.
Compliance with Protect Madeira Pledge: Once campus opens for in-person learning, we expect all students to closely follow the Protect Madeira Pledge, regardless of whether students are boarding or day. If we become aware that a student learning in-person is not following the Protect Madeira Pledge, she will be required to learn remotely for a period of no less than two weeks. We will take this step with rapidity.
Negative COVID-19 Test: As we did in the fall, all students will be required to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test upon their arrival to campus. When we return in January, we will also increase our COVID-19 surveillance testing.
While we continue to treat the COVID-19 landscape with the utmost care, we also intend to keep life on campus fun and festive. Weekend activities will be robust, food will flow, and our students will have lots of connection events – both in person and virtually.
As questions emerge about our return to campus and learning, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Academics: Ms. M.A. Mahoney, Dean of Faculty & Academics
Student Life & Boarding Student Arrival in January: Mrs. Kim Newsome, Dean of Students
COVID Response, Athletics & Co-Curriculum: Mr. André Withers, Assistant Head of School
Perhaps most especially in this unusual time, we wish you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!