Important Update - Returning to Campus

Posted by Christi Whiteside on 10/31/2020 8:45:00 AM

Happy Halloween everyone! 
There is a lot going on at ECS this quarter:
Early site work has begun on our campus, and we are planning an official virtual groundbreaking for November 12th.  Be on the lookout for more details about how to view the live-streamed event!  You can expect to see a lot of changes on our campus every week moving forward!
Hybrid Students Re-entering the School
We've been excited to welcome Hybrid Plan students from grades 3rd and 6th back to campus this week.  We are looking forward to students from all other grades returning in the next few weeks. We want to encourage every family with students returning to campus to review the Family Return to Campus Guide we sent out in August.
A few reminders for coming back to school to ensure we maintain a safe and healthy environment for our entire community:
  • Face coverings must be worn on campus at all times unless eating a snack or drinking.  This is non-negotiable.  If your family is unable to follow this policy, we need you to remain in virtual learning.  
  • Gaiters are not approved face coverings.
  • Social distancing will be required while students are on campus.
Face coverings and social distancing are in line with the guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services. We will continue to remain diligent to ensure everyone can return to school!
Looking Forward
As we look toward the spring semester, we have had numerous conversations on how we can continue being the very best school in Wake County for both in person and virtual students.  We have formed a reopening committee to plan for the spring, and are working on configurations in different grade levels.
We are excited to share a few grade levels are piloting new ways to do a combination of remote and on-campus students while maximizing learning for both groups.  
  • Grades K, 2, 4, and 5 will be emailing their families today to share changes we're implementing for Quarter 2 focusing on a non-alternating return to campus.  These trials are essential for us as we prepare spring plans for all grade levels, and will provide benefits to the entire school. 
  • Why are we only making adjustments in some grades? These pilots are strategic to the grade levels with varying numbers of in person and virtual students. Again, this will benefit the entire school as we'll learn how to safely bring more students to campus in a non-rotating schedule. These grades will allow us to continue to work out the most efficient processes for hallways, restrooms and carpool safety. 
  • Grades 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8 will maintain the alternating week schedule for second quarter to best meet their students' needs.
A new survey will be sent to parents in mid-November regarding choices for the spring semester. The reopening committee is considering the varying needs of our students and staff and will make recommendations regarding moving forward.  The committee will have representatives from our Board of Directors, our staff, and our parent community so we can be sure all perspectives are heard. 
Thank you for working with us as we continue to navigate what's best for our school during these times. Stay tuned for further information! It is an exciting time to be a part of Endeavor Charter School! 
Christi Whiteside, MSA
Endeavor Charter School