In the February 26 “Community Update” sent to CHCCS staff and families, Superintendent Dr. Nyah Hamlett announced, “I am pleased to report that our community partners have stepped up in a major way. This afternoon, our own Smith Middle School served as a point of distribution for over 250 first dose Moderna vaccines supplied by our friends at Alignment Healthcare. We will continue working to make sure that every staff member who wants to be vaccinated will have that opportunity.”
TA 2 Teach is an innovative and successful recruitment and retention program at Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, in partnership with North Carolina Central University. On March 16, a team from CHCCS Human Resources and NCCU co-led an information session for more than 50 teaching assistants who are interested in earning their licenses and entering their own classrooms as full-time teachers.
In September 2020, the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) offered the first “Nuestra Cocina” for CHCCS families and staff. The online event was in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and it was designed by the Latinx members of OEI as they invited participants into their own kitchens to introduce them to authentic Hispanic cuisine as a way to honor a rich culture. More than 40 people attended the inaugural “Nuestra Cocina,” or “in our kitchen.”
One of the strengths and priorities within Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is the commitment to providing student support staff at many levels in every elementary, middle and high school. Each school is blessed with a full-time School Social Worker, a luxury few North Carolina districts can claim. The week of March 8-12 is our time to celebrate and honor the 23 School Social Workers who so often serve as the glue within a school community-- and at no time, has this been more evident than since the pandemic began.
A local nonprofit organization, B3 Coffee, continues to recruit and retain CHCCS students and alumni who call the group a welcome home, as they learn important business and relationship skills, and have plenty of fun along the way. B3 Coffee will host a COVID safe, drive though, pop-up event on March 6 from 10:00 am to noon at the Chapel Hill Public Library, and the hot drinks will be free of charge!