I want to begin by saying that I am not writing to complain about or blame the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS). I am quite sure that responsibility for the issues I am writing about belongs to the North Carolina legislative and executive branches of government.
My godson is a sweet, hard-working and athletic third grader. His dad is a sweet and hard-working single dad. Since Dad works, my godson goes to the CHCCS afterschool program that operates until 6 p.m. each school day. There’s a fee for the program.
In the past he also attended six weeks of summer day camp run by CHCCS. It operates from 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and is a great resource for working parents and an enrichment program for the children. It is an important offset to the other four summer weeks the boy “hangs out” at a relative’s home in Burlington while his dad works.
At his latest parent-teacher conference, his dad learned that his son is not going to pass the tests that will let him move on to fourth grade with a clean slate. Even though he’s made a lot of progress in reading and is doing great in math, he must achieve more and will have to go to Summer Reading Camp.
In addition, he was offered afterschool Read to Achieve tutoring, and his dad signed him up for that. There’s no fee for this program, but since he still needs afterschool his Dad is still paying for it since Read to Achieve is only three days a week and ends at 5 p.m.
As of today (it’ll change we are told) Summer Reading Camp is scheduled to start four days before Summer Camp begins, be half days only (8 a.m. to noon), and end three weeks after summer day camp begins. It will probably be fee-based.
The problems for us with this include:
I am sure other families have their own unique and similar problems with this outrageous child-tossing behavior in Raleigh.
Perhaps rather than Summer Reading Camp for third-graders there should be Summer Thinking and Compassion Camp for State Legislators and Executives.
Nancy Park lives in Chapel Hill.