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Updated Information 10/13/2020

Approved 10-12-2020

Close Contact

  • The district will use social distancing, duration of close contact time, use of facial coverings/masks, barriers, and air purification system in determining whether an individual is considered a close contact.

Close Contact Determinations in a School Setting

  • Positive Covid-19 individual was wearing a facial covering and close contact was wearing a facial covering, close contact will have the option to either: 1) self-monitor and allowed to remain in school with facial covering and will be required to have symptom checks 2x per day by school district personnel for 14-days from last contact date or 2) self-monitor and quarantine at home for 14-days from last contact date.
  • Positive Covid-19 individual was NOT wearing a facial covering and close contacts were wearing a facial covering, close contacts will need to quarantine for 14-days from last exposure date.
  • Positive Covid-19 individual was NOT wearing a facial covering and close contacts were NOT wearing a facial covering, close contacts will need to quarantine for 14-days from last exposure date.
  • Close contacts will be asked to self-monitor closely for any COVID-19 symptoms during the two weeks after being identified as a close contact. If they develop symptoms, they will need to stay home and contact a  healthcare provider about testing for COVID-19. If contacts who are self-monitoring develop symptoms but do not get tested, they will need to remain at home until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine and for at least 10 days after symptoms onset.

Close Contact Determinations Outside of a School Setting

  • K-12 students or staff who are close contacts due to exposure to a household member are required to quarantine 14-days.
  • K-12 students or staff who are close contacts due to exposure outside of the school setting will continue to be conducted by the SD DOH. Students or staff members determined to be close contacts will be required to quarantine 14-days.
  • Close contacts will be asked to self-monitor closely for any COVID-19 symptoms during the two weeks after being identified as a close contact. If they develop symptoms, they should contact a healthcare provider about testing for COVID-19. If contacts who are self-monitoring develop symptoms but do not get tested, they will need to remain at home until at least 10 days after symptoms onset.

Updated Information 8/24/2020

Good afternoon,

As we start week two of in-person instruction, we want to provide information on situations that may occur within a school as we work our way through this time of dealing with Covid-19. We will report via letter/email to a school (staff and parents) when a positive case of COVID-19 is confirmed in a building (Elem, MS, or HS). Students and staff who we are aware of being investigated as close contacts will receive a separate letter from MCSD and a phone call from the SD DOH who conducts contact tracing investigations.

  • If the DOH contacts the school district and informs us that we have a student or staff member who has tested positive for Covid-19. At that point in time, the DOH will start the process of contact tracing and would directly contact any parent who may have a child who is considered a close contact and would implement a quarantine. Again, official notification of a “close contact” will come from the SD DOH. In this situation, we would send out information to inform parents of the school building. (Elem., MS, or HS)

See attached – SAMPLE - School General Notification Letter

  • If we are informed of a positive case of Covid-19 in a school building and the SD DOH is investigating the case for contact tracing for close contacts. We will send out information to the parents of any class/group that the SD DOH is investigating as a possible close contact.

See attached – SAMPLE -School Close Contact Letter

Reminders: “Close Contact” is defined as being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes.

All Official Determinations of “Close Contact” will come from the DOH

Thank you and have a great day!


Updated Information 8/17/2020


Good afternoon,

As we prepare to start the 2020-2021 school year on Thursday, August 20, 2020. We will start the school year in “LEVEL II” YELLOW. We will continue to monitor and will make changes when appropriate.

Reminder: LEVEL I = GREEN and Face Coverings are Strongly Recommended

LEVEL II = YELLOW and Face Coverings are Required

LEVEL III = RED – All online learning

LEVEL IV = BLUE – Transitioning back to in-person with ½ the students at a time and Face Coverings are Required.

Thank you and we look forward to the start of the school year!

Joel Jorgenson


Madison Central School District Families,

As we prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we know there are many questions. As a district, we have been working on developing a plan for the school year as we deal with the current Covid-19 Pandemic. This plan has been developed over the last couple months of many meetings of committees to create the following guidelines for this school year. This plan will be a “living document” and changes will be made as needed. As with every other school in the state and the country developing start of the school year plans, we know there will be no perfect plan that everyone will agree upon. This plan was developed looking at what is best for our students, staff, and community as we provide educational opportunities for our students.