With the March 23rd update of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, Chatham Charter School is now able to invite all middle and high school students to join K-5 students in having on-campus instruction four days a week starting Tuesday, April 6, which is after spring break. There will be no need to use the Purple/Teal Team schedule at that time. Wednesdays will still be used as flex days through the end of the current school year.
Administration and staff strongly recommend that all students return to campus for four-day a week instruction unless there is a medical reason. Though students are likely to advocate to remain remote out of comfort, it is crucial that parents/guardians reassure them that returning to school will increase normalcy and prepare them better for the start of the upcoming school year in August. Nervousness about change is natural, but students who have returned to campus have adjusted very quickly and are happy to be back in a school routine and with peers.
Reasons to Return to Campus Now:
• The social/mental/emotional wellness of students is a concern since the last day of a regular school was over a year ago (March 13, 2020). By returning to on-campus instruction now, the students will have 31 days of school on a four-day week schedule to ease back into a normal school routine versus a full school year of five days a week that is likely in the upcoming school year.
• The quality of teacher-student connection and academic integrity is greatly strengthened with on-campus instruction versus a virtual environment. Faculty has noticed a significant decline in student engagement over the past month. Students are developing bad habits that will be increasingly difficult to break the longer students are allowed to remain at home.
Families of students who are currently fully remote will be contacted Thursday and Friday, March 25 and 26, by staff to confirm that their students will be returning to campus on April 6th. School will be closed for students and staff during spring break from March 29-April 5.
The school will continue to follow required protocols in the Toolkit with regard to health and safety. Three versus six feet of physical distancing is one of the updates in the March 24th Toolkit update for middle and high school students. Symptom screenings and temperature checks for students are no longer required at school entry. Families are required to self-monitor, screen at home, and keep students at home if they display symptoms below. Any students with the following symptoms will be sent home. They are:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
Diarrhea or vomiting