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To:  Staff, Students, & Parents of Uwharrie Charter Academy

Good morning.  As you all are aware our state is facing unprecedented times.  At UCA, we are doing our best to stay on top of the latest information in order to make the best decisions for our UCA Community.  The COVID-19 virus has forced all of us to examine our policies, procedures, and protocols for conducting life. We have stayed in constant communication with Randolph County Health Department, attended information briefings from the North Carolina Department of Public Health, and received procedural information from the Centers for Disease Control.  

Due to the rapid escalation of change that the spread of this virus has caused, the UCA Board of Directors and I feel that it is in the best interest of our staff and students to close Uwharrie Charter Academy beginning on March 16th through March 20th.  We will assess the situation on Wednesday March 18th to determine whether or not we will remain closed or re-open the following week. Our staff is working tirelessly to minimize the impact on instruction. Our team has been working for the past couple of weeks to prepare alternative methods of instruction to mitigate that impact.  We have taken into consideration those who may not have access to technology from home and we have planned accordingly.  

Last night, Durham County School System and Orange County School Systems announced that they would be closing.  Since UCA pulls students from multiple school districts, we feel it is in the best interest of our community to get out ahead of this and be as proactive as possible.  I want to be very clear that this decision is not being made because a UCA student or staff member has become infected with COVID-19.  Due to the rapid escalation the virus has created, we feel that it is our duty to give our teachers as much notice as possible in order to prepare lessons and keep continuity of instruction in tact as much as humanly possible.  We also want to provide our parents with plenty of notice so they can make arrangements for child care and supervision.    

Please know that every decision we make that impacts our UCA stakeholders is not a decision that is made flippantly or taken lightly.  We truly want what is best for our students. Please stay tuned to our website, social media, and email as we will continue to provide the latest information as it is made available.  

It is during times like these that our patience, grit, and resolve will be tested.  I am confident that together we can face any adversity that comes our way. On behalf of the UCA Board of Directors and myself, thank you for your continued support and for all that you do for UCA.  


Casey Harris