On Thursday, April 30, Head of School Dr. John Eldridge and the Chatham Charter Board of Directors announced that Chatham Charter School will end its K-12 school year on May 1, 2020. Upperclassmen taking community college courses will continue their collegiate studies through the end of the Central Carolina Community College schedule (May 12).
Factors influencing the decision included:
Chatham Charter began its school year on August 8 and was originally scheduled to end the school year on May 13.
Chatham Charter implemented its Temporary Distance Learning Program the week of March 16 after Governor Roy Cooper announced school campus closures on March 14.
State testing was scheduled to start on April 30 at Chatham Charter, but the Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education have petitioned the General Assembly to waive the accountability model for the 2019-2020 school year.
Chatham Charter will have completed the 1,025 instructional hours normally required by the state by May 1.
Administration consulted with the Chatham Charter school attorney and the director of the Office of Charter Schools, both of whom confirm the regulatory propriety of the decision.
School administration is monitoring state level decisions related to the COVID-19 in determining when and how materials used for distance learning can be returned to the school.
“We want to express our deep appreciation for the level of dedication our students, staff, and families have displayed in the midst of trying circumstances. Over and over we have been heartened to see them rise to the challenges. Ingenuity, creativity, resiliency, and humor have been some of the hallmarks of this experience. Seeing our Chatham Charter family come together and do everything they could to end the year strong will be a good building block for the future of our school,” commented Eldridge.