The following is an excerpt from a message sent on September 2 by Head of School John Eldridge to Chatham Charter school families:
On Monday, September 14, Chatham Charter will move to a second stage of remote instruction. This stage will begin to open the campus. Teachers in early grade levels will develop schedules with families to ensure students at these crucial developmental levels get face-to-face instruction. At-risk students (with family consent and teacher comfort level) can be invited to campus on an as needed basis. In addition, all teachers will have the flexibility to invite groups of students to campus when they determine it is essential for students to be in class with them. Examples may be helping new students transition better or giving tests where teachers need to be present for monitoring and fielding questions. All settings will follow state guidelines of wellness checks, wearing masks on campus, limited campus movement, social distancing, and extra classroom cleaning afterwards.
While the school remains in a phase that involves remote instruction, it is crucial that families and students fully utilize instructional resources. Stay in close contact with teachers. Use the afternoon teacher office hours to get additional assistance. Use the Google Guardian option and check PowerSchool to monitor student progress. Commit to being an active participant in instruction (responding to group discussions, keeping your camera on, and submitting work on time). Using parent and teacher feedback, teachers are aware of the need to balance screen time and high quality instruction.
Governor Cooper’s Executive Order that begins Friday, September 4, allows groups of 25 people inside and 50 outside to gather. We can now begin to carefully plan some socially distanced activities and gatherings that help our students, staff and families stay connected to our campus.
School leadership has decided to stay in this mode through Friday, October 16, since the Governor’s Executive Order will run through Friday, October 2. That will give the school adequate time to determine how to proceed into the fall using state guidance.
Our goal is to enter Plan B (50% of the student body on campus at a time) on Monday, October 19. Being able to do so depends on state COVID data and input from staff and families. In the meantime, staff will be preparing detailed procedures on how the school will implement Plan B. Information will be shared in a timely manner so families will know what to expect upon return.