[Posted: 4:39 PM, July 29]

Please read Carolina Voyager’s Reopening Plan linked below.  Reach out to Dr. Walker if you have any questions regarding Carolina Voyager’s Safety Plan.

Update for Parents on Carolina Voyager ReOpening of Schools Plan


[POSTED: 8:08 PM, April 3]

Weekly Newsletter Year 6 Edition 31

Good evening Voyager Families,

Hoping to provide some semblance of normalcy, my Weekly Newsletter follows. Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

I miss you all!


Harry Walker, Ed. D.
School Leader
Carolina Voyager Charter School
721 Wappoo Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Carolina Voyager Parent Newsletter –Year 6 Edition 31 (#216) April 3, 2020

Week Three of the New Abnormal

What’s coming up?
Spring Break – April 4th- 12th – All students AND their home teachers are excused from school related activities.
April 13th – Report Card distribution
April 13th – Home Schooling Resumes

Report Card Distribution
Third quarter report cards will be distributed electronically beginning on April 13th. Teachers will send report cards to the most current email they have on file. We are asking all parents to acknowledge receipt and review their children’s report by email back to the teacher. If you do not receive an emailed report card from your child’s teacher, please reach out to update your email contacts.

Fourth Quarter Grading
When home schooling resumes on April 13th, all of our teachers will increase their expectations for accountability for completion of assigned work. Since the date for our return to school is uncertain, teachers need to be able to grade/evaluate student work in order to be determine student growth during this fourth marking period. Your child’s teacher will provide additional details.

One of Many Notes…
Thanks to all of the parents who have reached out in support of our staff’s efforts since we closed school (seems like months ago). I wish I had room to share all of these messages with you. Here is one email I received yesterday from one of our Dads. As the owner of a technology support company, Joe has contacts with colleagues and schools all over the country who are trying to figure out this e-learning thing.

“I really hope you all are safe and doing well in this crazy time.

I just want to take two seconds and say THANK YOU. I hear more stories around the country about kids schooling from home but barely doing anything, barely getting feedback from teachers, barely even following through on any lessons, barely an hour a day. It’s sad and I am fearful of where our children will be in the future grades and as a country.

You and the teachers have been so on top of everything and are just plain doing AWESOME. It makes me so proud to be a parent of students at Carolina Voyager.”


Funky Friday
Thanks to all of our families who were able to “tune in” today for Funky Friday. We had about 100 kids in attendance. It was a blast. I got a big kick out of watching everyone dance, especially Mrs. Schaffer, our Cafeteria Manager. I’ll be hosting another Funky Friday after Spring Break on April 17th. Look for the Zoom invite sometime that week.

Need Breakfast and Lunch?
Our school’s feeding program will continue next week during our Spring Break. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up in the car loop Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please give a big thanks to our cafeteria staff for the great job they have been doing for our kids and families.

Board of Directors Election – Revised Timeline
Given the impact the pandemic has had on just about every aspect of our lives, our Board of Directors has made adjustments to the timeline for this year’s Board’s Election. Updated information can be found at the following link:

Board of Directors

Got Tech Issues?
Mr. McCranie has been an incredible resource during these past three weeks keeping everyone’s technology up and running. Please reach out to him directly if your child is experiencing any issues with their devices. You can reach him by email at: amccranie@carolinavoyager.org Thank you Andy!

State Testing Waived
With all of the negative news related to school closures and this pandemic, we were relieved to find out that the South Carolina Department of Education has received permission from the United States Department of Education to cancel this year’s SC Ready and SC Pass tests. Given all of the stress everyone is under, this takes one thing off of our teachers’ and students’ plates.

IEP and 504 Team Meetings
If your child receives supports through an IEP or 504 plan and is due for a review of their plan, we are working to get those meetings scheduled through Zoom in the next two months. Please reach out to your child’s case manager if you have any questions.

School Choice Update
We received the following information from the CCSD School Choice Office this week.


Today marks the beginning of Spring Break. All of our home teachers (yes, that’s you!) can now understand the sense of relief that our teachers feel each year when Spring Break rolls around. I hope everyone enjoys this upcoming week of freedom from your home teaching responsibilities.

This school closure has been a challenge for everyone. I know the workload for staff would be less if schools were open. They are pretty much plugged in all day, providing whole group and small group lessons, answering questions, solving problems, and giving feedback on student work. I am so proud of them.

Yesterday I had 12 Zoom meetings, checking in on kids during class meetings, planning with teachers, getting updates from the State Superintendent, and listening to feedback from parents. After so much screen time, the last thing I wanted to do was turn on the TV after dinner. I’m not sure what is in store for Kerri and me over the next week, but I’m sure it will involve a honey-do list and maybe some binge-watching of Netflix and Amazon Prime shows since I don’t have any Zoom meetings scheduled. Yea!

Take care and stay well.

Best always,

Dr. Harry Walker
Your School Leader
Zoom University. Class of 2020

[POSTED: 5:55 PM, March 30]

We Got Spirit, How “Bout” You?

Good evening Voyager Families,

Welcome back to the world of home teaching. I trust the weekend was a well deserved break from your new job. I hope you had a great day and were good to yourselves and your students. Need a boost?

The CVCS PTO is happy to present a “Virtual Spirit Week”! Each day this week, Monday-Friday, there will be an opportunity to share a picture of your child and the work and fun they are putting in at home! The link of the themes can be found here:

The CVCS PTO is happy to present a "Virtual Spirit Week"! Each day of the upcoming week, Monday-Friday, there will be…

Posted by Carolina Voyager Charter School on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Our Zoom meetings and Flipgrids have helped me feel connected to our school community. I know your children’s’ spirits have been lifted each time they can hang out their friends and their teacher. This Spirit Week project will be another way to check in and share our work together. FYI – I will be hosting another Funky Friday this Friday starting at 9:00 a.m. I hope you will be able to join in the fun this week.

I will continue to share updates with you as I receive them. We have our weekly staff meeting Wednesday morning. We may be reaching out to you again through a survey to find out how we can support you even more than we are currently doing. Hang in there. You are doing great!


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 6:29 PM, March 25]

Voyager Update March 25th – Changes to meal service/Resources

Good afternoon Voyager Families,

Congratulations on making it halfway through your second week of homeschooling!  You are doing great!  Is anyone out there considering doing it for a living? (crickets?)

The school district has made a change to their Grab and Go meal distribution.  See below:

GRAB & GO Meal Update
In an effort to reduce exposure time for our staff and community, starting Monday, March 30, our Grab and Go Meals will be provided at our current sites at schools and bus stops in the community on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only. Children will still receive five breakfasts and five lunches each week. The complete notice is linked here along with additional information online at https://ccsdschoolmeals.com/

If you are looking for additional resources to help keep your children’s minds busy and engaged, SCETV is providing a variety of children’s programming throughout the day:

SCETV website

Based on your feedback in the parent survey, we made a decision at our staff meeting today to unblock YouTube on our students’ devices.  I must warn you that YouTube requires extra cautious parental supervision as there are inappropriate videos that children might be able to access.

Hang in there and stay well.  We are here to support you in any way we can.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 4:23 PM, March 24]

Voyager Update March 24th – Extending the School Closures

Good afternoon Voyager Families,

I truly hate being the bearer of more bad news, but the Governor has extended school closures through the end of April. The press release follows:

March 24, 2020
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman today released the following joint statement announcing that South Carolina’s schools will remain closed for the duration of the month of April:

“At this time, students, parents, and families should plan for South Carolina’s schools to remain closed through the month of April. Our dedicated teachers and school administrators have done a tremendous job in making it possible for our students to learn at home. We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.”

We will be holding a staff meeting tomorrow to discuss the next phase of learning plans that will be implemented after the Spring Break. Thank you to the 94 families who provided their feedback to the parent survey on learning plans. The feedback you provided will help to guide our decision making as we move forward. I have a phone conference with the district superintendent on Thursday. I will pass along any relevant information from that call later this week.

Let’s pray we can flatten this curve and that our health care professionals and scientists can figure out this virus sooner than later. Until we are able to get back to “normal”, please take care, maintain your sanity, and stay well.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 12:48 PM, March 23]

Voyager Update March 23rd

Good afternoon Voyager Families,

Welcome back to your second week of homeschooling. I hope your children have been engaged with their assigned work and that you haven’t been too hard on yourselves if you are struggling to keep up given that you have a life full of other responsibilities to take care of despite this pandemic.

Our teachers are available to help in any way they can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to them. If you or your children are having issues with technology, Mr. McCranie is available to help work out any kinks you are encountering (amccranie@carolinavoyager.org ). Speaking of technology, we are monitoring our children’s access to website searches through the Go Guardian Platform. You are reminded to also monitor your children’s use of technology.

Below are two resources being provided by the school district (Wi-Fi and meal services)
WiFi Bus Locations (revised 3/23)

Nutrition Services “Grab and Go” Information (revised 3/20/2020)
Google Map Link of Locations
Meal Sites Available via School Bus Delivery

Stay well, stay sane, and hang in there. You’re doing great. I will continue to stay in touch.


Harry Walker, Ed. D

[POSTED: 6:37 PM, March 20]

Carolina Voyager Parent Newsletter –Year 6 Edition 30 (#214) March 20, 2019

Week One of the New Abnormal

What’s coming up?

Nothing, but more closures and less for us to do…

April 13, 2020 – Tentative First Day Back to School (fingers crossed)

PTO News

All purchased tickets for the Stingrays game will be refunded. It may take up to two weeks for the refunds to go through, as they have so many to process. We will have our first pick of games next season, our chorus will sing the National Anthem, and the Stingrays will throw in something extra for us. 🙂


Congratulations on surviving your first week as teachers! I received the following from one of our “student teacher” parents yesterday:

“Today Ben told me he likes having me as his teacher, and he is enjoying showing me his work as he completes it. Don’t get me wrong, I will be more than happy to send him right back to the competent hands at Voyager as soon as I can, but we are doing OK here.”

I hope everyone is falling into a routine that is working for you and your kids. Mrs. Drum, one of our third grade teachers, shared with her parents a daily schedule that is providing a routine for her first grade daughter.

Sally’s Daily Schedule
Friday, March 20, 2020
8:00 - 8:30
8:30 - 9:00
Get dressed/Brush Teeth
9:00 - 9:30
9:30 - 10:00
10:00 - 11:00
Special Area
11:00 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:30
Quiet Time/Screen Time
12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:00
Journal Writing/ Handwriting Practice
2:00 - 3:00
Outdoor Exploration/Gardening Projects
3:00 - 4:00
STEAM Projects
Things I liked the most about today:


Things I want to do tomorrow:


As the novelty of school closures wears off, you might want to try to add some sort of predictable schedule to your teaching days. I have learned over the years that many kids thrive on a predictable structure. Please note that this is only a suggestion. Most importantly, take care of yourselves before layering on any more stress in your lives right now. You are doing great! We are here to help in any way we can. Please reach out when you need anything (but I am sorry to report that sending your students to the Principal’s Office will remain off the table in the immediate future.).

Thanks for taking such good care of “our” students this past week. In the days ahead continue to take care and stay well. You can trust that I will be in touch with any news as soon as I receive it. Try to enjoy the weekend and this two-day break from your teaching duties. I wish I could say that I’ll see you in the car loop on Monday.

Best always,

Dr. Harry Walker
Your School Leader

[POSTED: 10:55 AM, March 20]

Meal Delivery Site Updates from CCSD

Buses will be bringing student meals to a neighborhood near you! Students 18 years or younger will be provided a lunch and breakfast for the following day. Spread the word about the additional meal delivery sites below. Please continue to check back as more sites may be added. *Please note times are subject to change*

As of 3/18/20 29 additional meal delivery sites will be offered. Please check back often as sites & times are subject to change.

District 1 Meal Sites (St. James Santee)

Dollar General 11am-11:20am

Lily Pond Baptist Church 12:45pm-1pm

Lincoln High School 12pm-12:30pm

Greater Howard AME Church 11:30am-11:50am

St. James Santee Elem. 11am-1pm


District 2 Meal Sites (Mt. Pleasant)

Laing Middle 11am-1pm

Miriam Brown Com. Center  12pm-12:30pm

Snowden Community Center 11am-11:45am


District 3 Meal Sites (James Isle.)

EME Apartments 12pm-12:30pm

Harbor View Elem 11am-1pm


District 4 Meal Sites (North CHS)

Charleston School of the Arts 11am-1pm

Chicora Elem 11am-1pm

Dale Valley 12:30pm-12:55pm

Danny Jones Complex 12pm-12:45pm

Driftwood Apartments 10:45am-11am

Dubois Trailer Park 11:30am-11:55am

Fairwinds 11am-12pm

Felix Pinckney Com. Center 11am-11:45am

Greenwood on Reserve 11am-12pm

Horizon Village 11am-12pm

Goodwin Elem. 11am-1pm

Ladson Elem 11am-1pm

Lake Ashley Mobile Homes 12pm-1pm

Northwood Baptist Church 11am-12pm

Plantation Acres Mobile com. 12:15pm-1pm

Spivey Trailer Park 11am-11:25am

Stall High School 11am-1pm

The Waylon on Dorchester 11am-1pm

Tri County Park 12pm-12:25pm

Waters at Magnolia, Ladson 11am-12pm

Word of Life Ministries 11am-12pm

District 9 Meal Sites (John’s Isle.)

Haut Gap Elem 11am-1pm

Johns Island Rural Housing 11am-11:30am

St. James Bethel AME 11:45am-12:30pm


District 10 Meal Sites (West Ashley)

Carolina Voyager Charter 11am-1pm

Ashley Oaks Apartments 12:15am-1pm

Lovely Hill Missionary Baptist 12:15pm-12:45pm

Parmello 11am-11:45am

West Ashley Middle 11am-1pm


District 20 Meal Sites (Downtown CHS)

Back the Green 12pm-12:45pm

Charleston School for Math & Science 11am-1pm

Charleston Progressive Academy 11am-1pm

Bridgeview Village 11am-12pm

Orleans Gardens 11am-12pm

Robert Mills Manor 11am-11:45am

Sanders Clyde Elem. 11am-1pm


District 23 Meal Sites (St. Pauls)

Baptist Hill HS 11am-11:30am

Burbage Mobile Home Park 11:35am-12:05pm

E.B. Ellington Elem 11am-1pm

Hollywood Manor 11am-11:30am

Hollywood Town Center 11:45am-12:15pm

Jane Edwards ES 11am-11:30am

Jericho Mobile Home Park 11am-11:30am

Ravenel Mobile Home Park 12:10pm-12:40pm

Wiltown Community Center 12:15pm-12:45pm

Check the CCSD Nutrition announcements page for latest updates:

[POSTED: 6:08 PM, March 19]

Email Blast: Voyager Check in March 19th

Good evening Voyager Families,

I wanted to check in to see how everyone is coping with this new normal. These are indeed unusual times. I hope the home schooling is going well. I think many of our kids are at an advantage having grown accustomed to working online with some of their school work. As a reminder, if the 200 minute recommendation has been a challenge, go ahead and downshift, catch your breath, and do what you can to keep your children engaged and happy. Make sure you take advantage of this glorious weather and spend some time outside doing some learning out in your yard or in your neighborhood. I have to smile each time I see one of our neighborhood Moms jogging around our circle with her 4 school aged kids following behind. Whatever you are doing, your’e doing great. Don’t be too hard on yourselves. Remember that our teachers are available to help in any way they can with your child’s learning plan. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I don’t have anything new to report other than what you have heard during the daily press conferences. Kerri’s son drove down from Maryland today as everything in his state has pretty much shut down. I did have a little panic attack today when my son texted that they have closed the golf courses in Maryland. Looking forward to a few rounds in the coming days is helping me to keep my sanity. I hope you still have a few things that you are able to do that are helping you cope. I heard the beaches are still open. You might want to get out there before someone says they should be shut down as well. Remember to set up your chairs at least six feet away from the next group. I imagine it wont be hard to find that much space.

Please stay well and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 6:51 PM, March 18]

Email Blast: Voyager Update #2 March 18th

Good evening Voyager Families,

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news although you have likely heard the district update already:
Charleston County School District (CCSD) has announced that all CCSD schools and offices will be closed until April 13, 2020.

CCSD students and staff will continue working and learning from home through April 3, 2020. Spring Break will be observed as scheduled from April 6 to April 10, with a plan for students to return Monday, April 13, 2020 at this time.

We pray this pandemic ends sooner than later and that we can return to some sense of normalcy next month. Until then, take care, stay well, and please don’t stress too much if you and your children are struggling to keep up with the learning plans sent out by our staff. If needed, these plans have more than enough work to keep the kids busy through the additional three days schools will be closed.

Maybe tomorrow’s PE lesson should be a bike ride on the Greenway that incorporates Science by observing and taking notes on things found in nature on your ride. The math lesson could be taking inventory of your cabinets and pantry and deciding what you might need to buy from the grocery store. Piggly Wiggly on Savannah Highway had toilet paper today!). Working outside in the garden, yard work, sorting laundry, learning how to dust and vacuum, crafts are all worthy learning activities, and don’t forget about board games, puzzles, and word games. And perhaps most importantly, read together, have book talks, and then journal about the books you read together.

I am truly sorry that you have had to take on the heavy lifting in your child’s education. I trust that you have developed an even deeper appreciation for what your children’s teachers do everyday. Social media has given us a few laughs in the past few days. One parent apparently suspended one of her children and expelled the other from her school. Another wondered how she might get his child transferred to another class. One parent lamented that there wasn’t a principal’s office for her to send her child.

Our staff will continue to be here for you and your children in the weeks to come. Please reach out should you have any questions. Our teachers will maintain their 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p,.m. office hours as long as schools are closed. I wish there were more we could do. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and stay well.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 12:14 PM, March 18]

Voyager Update March 18th

Good afternoon Voyager Families,

While we had planned to stay open with adjusted hours until Friday, I just received a directive from the Superintendent that all school buildings must close at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon and stay closed until further notice. If you have not yet picked up your child’s work, you will need to do so today. If you are not able to make it by 4:00, please email me and we will see if there is any other way we can get your child’s materials to you. Thank you again for your support as we try to navigate these uncharted waters.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 3:34 PM, March 17]

Email Blast: Voyager Update – Office Hours This Week

Good afternoon Voyager Families,

Thanks to all of our parents who were able to come by school today to pick up materials for their children. While not keeping track of the total number of parents who visited today, we do know that 44 of our 46 Kindergarten were able to stop in. If you didn’t have time to come by, not to worry. We will continue to staff the school office this week with adjusted hours. Parents who have not yet had a chance to pick up materials for their children may do so during the following hours:

Wednesday, March 18th: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 19th: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 20th: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There are packets here at school for our children who receive speech and language services from Dr. Jackson. Some of our older students will be working entirely online during our school closure and have not been given work packets. If you would like a hard copy of their materials, please feel to stop by our office during our adjusted hours. After Friday, the school office will be closed until further notice. Email will continue to be the best way to reach us should you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding and your support through these very strange times. Stay safe and well.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 7:27 PM, March 16]

Email Blast: Voyager Update – Learning Plans

Good evening again Voyager Families,

Your child’s teacher has put together an instructional plan to help them learn and practice skills while schools are closed for the Coronavirus pandemic. The State Department of Education requirement is for students to spend 200 minutes a day engaged in instructional activities. The plans developed by our teachers provide more than enough materials to meet this requirement. With that said, these are extremely unusual and stressful times for everyone and we understand that not all of our children and families will be able to meet these requirements every day. Please do your best to keep your children engaged and learning during this unprecedented event. As always, we are here to support you in any way that we can.

As a reminder, parents and students may come by the school tomorrow to pick up materials left behind in desks or lockers and to pick up learning packets if needed. We will be on campus from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Thank you and stay well.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 11:15 AM, March 16]

Email Blast: Voyager Update

Good morning Voyager Families,

Each of our grade level teaching teams has developed a platform delivery plan for the students in their classes. All plans contain a mix of both online and hard copy materials. Paper and pencil materials will be made available to any family that requests a packet. Instructional plans will include assignments in Math, Science, Social Studies, ELA, and the related arts. Tomorrow has been designated as a pick up day for any and all materials, including things in your child’s desk or locker. Your teacher may have already provided your child with a packet. Your child’s teacher will reach out to you by the end of the day with more information. If you need to come to school tomorrow, we will be open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Our current plan is designed to provide instructional opportunities for our students until March 31st as per the Governor’s order for schools to remain closed. Students will be expected to spend an average of 17 hours a week on assigned activities (200 minutes per day). Parents/guardians will bear responsibility for monitoring student work and signing off on completed assignments when asked by the grade level teaching team. Our staff will work remotely to develop additional instructional plans should school closures extend beyond March 31st. Grade level teaching teams have developed plans for monitoring and providing feedback to students about their assignments including deadlines and plans for missed work. Teachers will be available to monitor work, provide feedback, and answer questions from students and parents during regularly scheduled office hours (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). Communications with teachers may take place via email or Google classroom.

Ongoing communication with parents will take place through two platforms, our school website and our email communication platform (Mail Chimp). Notices have been placed on our Facebook page directing parents to our school website for updates.

Reminder: Carolina Voyager is a feeding site for the district. Lunch and breakfast will be served today in the car loop from 11:00 -1:00. These meal services will be available each day that schools are closed.

If you need home internet, we have heard that AT&T, Comcast, and Spectrum are offering free internet for 60 days.

I will continue to provide updates as they become available. Welcome to the new normal. If there is anything we can do to help your family, please reach out and we will do our best to support you.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 8:23 AM, March 16]

Email Blast: School Update

Good morning Voyager Families,

Today, staff members are working on instructional plans for your children to complete while schools are closed. Parents and children will be allowed to come to school tomorrow to pick up these materials. Children will also be able to gather things from their lockers and desks. If you need to pick up your child’s medications, you may do so tomorrow as well.

I will continue to send out updates today, as well as in the days to come.


Harry Walker, Ed. D.

[POSTED: 7:42 PM, March 15]

Carolina Voyager Charter School is a designated meal service location for students during closure

Beginning Monday, March 16, CCSD Nutrition Services will provide free breakfast and lunch to children 18 years of age and younger during the school closure. NO BREAKFAST WILL BE SERVED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16.

Students from neighboring districts will be eligible to participate in the meal service offered at Charleston County locations.

The meals will be distributed, Mondays through Fridays from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, by a drive-through pick up service in the car loop.

[POSTED: 4:38 PM, March 15]

IMPORTANT: Per Governor McMaster’s Order, CCSD Schools Will Be Closed for Students Until March 31

As a result of Governor McMaster’s order issued Sunday afternoon related to coronavirus (COVID-19), all Charleston County School District (CCSD) schools and offices will be closed to students beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16 until Tuesday, March 31, 2020.


All school-related activities and travel, including before and after school programs, are cancelled.


School closure lessons and activities to be completed at home:

NOTE: If you have any specific questions about the lessons, please reach out to your student’s teacher directly.

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