Coronavirus Education

Teacher creates bedtimes stories to calm kids during stressful coronavirus

Voncile Campbell is a math teacher at Bow Elementary-Middle School in Detroit, and since the school shut down she’s created a new role for herself as a bedtime storyteller.
She says…

“I thought about how we have a low return of homework and students who say that there’s nobody reading to them at home,” she said. “And I really just wanted to do something to connect with my students by reading to them at night because I wanted to show them that I personally am still thinking about them.”

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A message from Chester Charter Scholars Academy Head-of-School/CEO

“At this time, we do not know when the school will open, but the learning must continue. We are doing everything in our power to continue the instructional program and ensure that students will be prepared for graduation, promotion and overall academic achievement. The entire CCSA community has come together to ensure that teaching and learning can continue remotely with minimal disruption.
Several days before the closure announcement, our teachers were working to prepare lessons for home instruction in case the unthinkable occurred. As a result, students left school on the day of closure prepared to continue studies at home equipped with binders, workbooks and necessary materials. Presently, students are working online, if possible with teacher support, or with comparable printed assignments. At least two times per week, teachers speak with each individual student to monitor accomplishments and provide instructional help. Additionally, The Andrew L. Hicks Foundation is partnering with CCSA to provide free 30 minute 1-on-1 telephonic or online tutoring sessions.
We are conducting a technology access survey to determine what additional supports our families may need. We will use this information to strategize about ways we can ensure equitable access. It is worth noting that Comcast has made internet access free for the next two months for low-income families who qualify. We shared the information with our families and helped some to apply.
For the duration of the school closure, CCSA will continue to provide free breakfasts and lunches for students, which can be picked up at our building.
As we anticipated, our teachers have shown great initiative and creativity in this challenging time. Some examples:

  • Theresa Cummings, Math Lab teacher, initiated open office hours in BlackBoard Collaborate, for math students who need extra help.
  • Shannon Damico, second-grade teacher, set up a YouTube channel to read stories to her students.
  • Drama teachers Alyssa Franklin and Jenn Camp have asked students to write and perform a monologue.
  • English Teacher, Jessica Coulter, created “cookie points” in Google Classroom to encourage participation.

We will face many challenges in this pandemic, but CCSA will not lose momentum. The work we do and the students we serve are too important to delay. I assure you that we will continue to act vigorously to care for our CCSA scholars, our faculty and our staff.
I pray that you are healthy and doing everything you can to stay that way. Thank you for your encouragement and good wishes. I will continue to let you know how we are helping our students to meet their academic goals through this trying time.”
Akosua Watts

Coronavirus Education Opinion

Coronavirus exposes America’s fake equal education doctrine

When schools in Japan closed due to the coronavirus, I joked that students in America finally have a chance to catch up. Now that schools in America are closed, we’re seeing how much further behind students from poor school districts are becoming compared to students from rich school districts.
I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but until we combine school districts to allow all students an equal opportunity to learn, situations like this will make it worse for the children on the low rung of the educational ladder.
My sister lives exactly 6.6 miles from me and you’d think she was on another planet when it comes to the education her children receive versus children in Chester. Someone from her school district knocked on her door last week to deliver 2-laptops and 1-iPad for my nieces and nephew to conduct their online learning while sequestered at home. Here in Chester, school is out, that’s it, period!
Two things I know for certain: 1) You can’t turn a brick and mortar school into a cyber school overnight; and 2) You can’t turn a parent that doesn’t check homework into a parent that conducts homeschooling.
Folks are mad at the Philadelphia school district for telling schools to just stop trying to make these kids study while out of school. Their logic is, if every student doesn’t have the resources to learn from home, than nobody will be required to learn from home.
This doesn’t mean students shouldn’t be learning from home if they have the resources like a parent to facilitate learning; some learning materials like books, paper, and #2 pencils; internet access and learning devices that connect to the internet, etc. Philly said teachers are no longer responsible for tracking, grading, or making sure students have any curriculum to follow while out of school..
I’m not mad at the Philadelphia school district or Chester-Upland. These school districts are so far behind in offering any type of learning outside the classroom that it makes no sense to try to patch something together now. They have a hard enough time getting any learning done on a normal day in the classroom.
To keep all students on an imaginary even keel, you’d think the U.S. Department of Education would use the same logic as Philadelphia based on how not all students across the country have equal access to learning resources at home. So, let’s everyone stop trying to learn until we get back to school.
Why should rich school district kids get an advantage over poor districts just because they can keep learning? Aren’t we leaving the least of our students behind even further? Is that the plan? I’m sure there’s no plan, but it sure exacerbates the existence of have-and-have-nots when it comes to education in America.
Even if we took baby steps, what harm would occur if the school district my nieces and nephew attends allowed just 3 students from Chester in each grade from 1st to 12th? Just like Chester-Upland pays for students to attend failing charter schools in Chester, they will pay for students to attend the good school district 6.6 miles away?
I know that’s too logical. Our country, county, and cities would rather entire school districts stop teaching all together while their ‘other’ students continue learning every day.
Sometimes I just hate how badly we behave in this society. Race and class discrimination hurts us all, and when it comes to education, why would a society not want all their citizens as educated as possible?
I know I can’t be the only one who agrees.

Community News Coronavirus Education

Chester Charter Scholars Academy giving out free student meals to their students

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Chester Community Charter School feeding any K-12 student who shows up

CCCS will begin feeding on Wednesday, 3/18, and will be serving from 9 a.m. until noon.

Like Summer Feeding and in accordance with Emergency Feeding Guidelines, food will be available to all K-12 children in the community, not just CCCS students. We will be offering two (2) meals, breakfast and lunch, and these meals are “Grab and Go” to be consumed off-premise. To ensure minimal conflict with the cleaning/sanitation of the building, all efforts will be contained to the cafeterias.