Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA opened learning centers Sept. 1 to provide school-day care and support for up to 100 elementary students.
The CHCCS Board of Education met Thursday to discuss these learning centers, the end of a professional development grant and survey results from students’ families.
Jessica O'Donovan, assistant superintendent for instructional services, said schools in the district have connected successfully with a majority of students, but not 100 percent.
At least two students who came to the new CHCCS-YMCA learning centers had not logged in to complete any of their assignments since school had started two weeks prior, O’Donovan said. She said learning centers aim to fix that disconnect and help students with dysfunctional devices or trouble logging in.
As of Friday, 92 students had been coming masked each day to complete their remote schoolwork: 40 at the Town of Chapel Hill Community Center and 52 at the Hargraves Center, where spots for eight more students remain.
“It’s really off to a terrific start," O’Donovan said. "I expected a lot more confusion on the first day."
Students in the centers are spread out, organized into pods of 10 and supervised by adult group leaders. About 75 percent of the students arrive on the bus, O’Donovan said. Then they eat breakfast, attend their live online classes, take breaks, eat lunch, have 30 minutes of physical activity and complete their online assignments.
These centers comprise CHCCS’ only face-to-face learning this semester. O’Donovan said the district is looking at opening a third site in partnership with the YMCA and local churches.
The existing centers serve 12 of 19 “priority academic segments,” or neighborhoods where the end-of-year assessment average falls below a certain point, O’Donovan said. She said a new center would aim to support the remaining seven neighborhoods and provide more effective, targeted support for the district’s students.