“Good or bad, everything we do is our best choice at that moment.” ― William Glasser
Update July 31, 2020:
Here is a link to the Opening Plan Manual
Return to School Update July 15, 2020:
The ACA Board of Directors voted July 14th after Governor Cooper's announcement on the Return to School Plan for ACA. We will be operating face-to-face on a regular daily schedule with the option for remote learning. Due to the availability of space in our buildings and our maximum projected enrollment for 2020-2021, we WILL be able to follow the social distancing guidelines and requirements and ALSO be in person. We will release details about our remote learning plan after we submit the plan to DPI on 7/20/2020. Families who choose remote learning can choose to transition to face-to-face as soon as they are comfortable with that option.
Masks: The governor is requiring all K-12 students and staff wear masks at this time and we will be provided with 5 cloth masks per student to distribute. The CDC and State guidelines require that masks be worn when students are in buildings, on buses, and outside when 6 feet distancing cannot be maintained. They also recommend taking breaks from wearing masks when students are stationary and 6 feet apart, i.e. at their desks in the classrooms.
Update: July 3, 2020
Good Morning ACA Families!
We are working diligently to provide the best return to school plan for our families. In order to do that, we need your input. Please take a few moments to complete the following survey. As a charter school, ACA is afforded the right to make a decision that is independent from any district decisions. Based on the information provided by parents and teachers we will move forward with announcing our plans.
ACA has formulated a plan that would allow for social distancing in the classrooms at 100% face to face. The classrooms in the buildings are large enough to allow for 6 feet between student desks based on our class sizes with minimal use of plexiglass partitions to allow for teacher desks and other furniture. The use of the properties allows for our growth over 5 years, so our first year we will naturally be operating around 50% building occupancy of the total space. Therefore, if the Governor announces the mandate for social distancing in NC schools, we would already be set up for that possibility and would not need to follow a separate hybrid plan.
Before we make a final decision it is important for us to gather this data from you. It is our goal to be face to face in a safe environment for our students and teachers and we will continue to work towards that end. Our plan will allow for remote learning and hybrid as options for families who are not ready to return to 100% face to face. Thank you for all of your trust and support!!
Update: July 1, 2020
Schools across the country and world are developing remote learning plans and safe return plans in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Unlike when COVID hit and we all were forced to deal with remote learning, the 2020-2021 school year will look very different. School leaders have pooled resources and collaborated to develop plans to meet the needs of their students,
At ACA, we have been busy developing our own plans to have a successful first year and to meet the needs of our school community! Parents will be informed about the process ahead of time, students will have ample time to practice, and the remote plan will be realistic and based on the developmental ages/needs of the students. I have been attending school leadership meetings/trainings/collaboratives throughout the Pandemic and we are gathering insight from leaders of successful virtual education programs to ensure any remote learning is accommodating, stress free, and effective. I know this subject has been on the minds of many parents, so I wanted to let you know the plans are being developed. These are unprecedented times and in my opinion we will rise stronger and have a renewed appreciation for relationships and community. Thank you for your trust, continued support, and for choosing to be a part of the ACA school family!!!
We are developing 3 plans based on the requirements of the Governor and the CDC. These requirements and recommendations are evolving as we move through the Pandemic. ACA's COVID-19 committee is following these bulletins to ensure a safe first day of school on August 24, 2020.
Remote Learning is available to families who do not feel it is safe for their child to attend 100% face-to-face.
100% Face to Face Plan: No CDC/State/Local requirements on group size, social distancing, and facial coverings that would limit capacity in the buildings. ACA will have increased sanitation requirements in effect in this scenario as well as daily health assessment, temperature taking, and will recommend (currently not required for students 10 and under) face coverings if this is a CDC recommendation.
Hybrid (Blended) Plan: Restrictions mandated by CDC/State/Local authorities regarding group size, social distancing, and facial coverings. ACA will encourage the use of face coverings for students (currently not required for students 10 and under) and will require face coverings for staff if required by authorities (clear mouth face coverings will be worn by teachers if coverings are required). Class sizes will be reduced to allow for social distancing and students will stay in 'bubble" groupings to avoid contact with other groups outside of their own classroom. Some or All of the students will attend less than five days a week to allow for a reduced number of students in the buildings. On alternate days, students will engage in remote learning.
100% Remote Learning: The Governor closes schools and all instruction is remote. Or, there is a confirmed case and the school must close to disinfect. This alternative will also be an option for parents who are not ready to send their child back to brick and mortar.
Hybrid and Remote options are available if families do not feel it is safe for their child to attend 100% face-to-face.
We will collect a survey to gauge your comfort level with returning to brick and mortar. We are currently mapping out the space to determine the number of students who can attend while maintaining social distancing. We are using our creativity and may be able to continue 100% face-to-face for most students, while still maintaining requirements.
Here is a link to the Internet/Device Access Survey if you have not yet completed it:
Please let me know if you have any questions.Thank you for your continued support!
Director of Education
Achievement Charter Academy