Middle School Science Teacher Jason Messier teaches to a full virtual classroom while his actual classroom remains empty of students.
The 2020-2021 school year is starting differently than any other. At Chatham Charter School in Siler City, 571 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade began remote instruction on Monday, August 17. Using Google Meet for live class sessions, some staff taught from their
classrooms on campus while others chose to teach from their homes.
Students and their families came to campus in a “staggered entry” format August 12-14 to meet teachers, sign paperwork, discuss aspects of class orientation, receive materials, and to be issued Chromebooks.
“We were impressed that less than one percent of our student body wasn’t in contact with our faculty during those three days. A key focal point for success during remote instruction is a heightened sense of responsibility. Knowing the strong communication that had flowed between families and the school prior to Monday gave everyone more confidence,” commented Dr. John Eldridge, Head of School.
Chatham Charter will be in remote instruction mode until at least Friday, September 11.
Leadership will continue to monitor the situation and determine whether or not COVID-related conditions warrant a longer period of remote instruction or if students can begin to return to campus in mid-September.
The Career and College Promise (CCP) program is a key element of the high school academic
program at Chatham Charter. The state program is in partnership with Central Carolina
Community College (CCCC) and gives eleventh and twelfth graders ability to earn over 40
college transfer credits. The classes are considered “dual credit” because they also help the
students simultaneously meet high school graduation requirements and accumulate college
transfer credits. The majority of seniors at Chatham Charter will complete one of the “pathways” of study, an accomplishment not achieved by the majority of students across the state in the CCP program. The Chatham Charter high school program is modeled after a middle college concept. Its master schedule has both high school and college-level courses built in versus allowing upperclassmen to take the CCP courses if they can fit them into the high school schedule. Central Carolina Community College has adjusted some of its class meeting formats in light of the COVID situation.
In the area of athletics, the Knights athletic program typically offers over 30 sports teams for middle and high school students. Chatham Charter is a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and will continue following its COVID-related
guidelines with regard to workouts and the eventual start of sports seasons.