Back-to-School
Welcome Back to School!


Dear parents, families and students,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We are ready to help your return to school with resources below.


By the numbers

  • 27th of August is the first day of school.

  • Over 147,000 students are enrolled as of August 14.

  • 3 new schools are opening this year: Charlotte East Language Academy, Villa Heights Elementary School, and Wilson Middle School.

  • 105 schools have been renovated and improved.

  • 87 schools will have new boundaries or magnet school programs involving 3,700 students (2,100 in elementary school, 730 in middle school and 970 in high school).

  • 23,000 devices (laptops, iPads and others) added to ensure student access to technology.


More social / emotional supports for students

Students will return to school with additional social/emotional supports in place. 

  • Additional 60 psychologists, counselors and social workers across the district.

  • CMS is piloting "Caring School Community", in 48 schools, helping students become caring, responsible members of their school communities.

  • 33 schools are piloting the RULER approach to Social-Emotional Learning. Teachers and school leaders will learn to increase their emotional literacy so that they can create an emotionally safe school environment and teach emotional literacy skills.

  • CMS Student Services and Student Discipline and Behavior Support departments have partnered with Thompson Child and Family Focus (TCFF) to develop a middle school alternative education site at the TCFF Saint Peter's Lane campus. All middle school students who would be assigned to Turning Point Academy will attend the TCFF campus, which offers an integrated academic and mental health model.

  • CMS is deepening its commitment to restorative practice which aims to improve school climate by developing community and managing conflict and tensions. More than 1,500 staff members have participated in Restorative Practice Training, and 47 schools have implemented (or are in the process of implementing) restorative practices in their schools.


Get to school and back home safely

On the first day of school, 1,088 buses will travel a total of 125,000 miles to take students to and from school. Track your school bus arrival with the "Here Comes the Bus" app now available for download. Parents should have students at the assigned bus stops 10 minutes prior to the scheduled morning stop time. We ask parents and students to be patient as we make adjustments once school opens. Contact the Transportation Call Center at 980-343-6715 from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for more information.


Increased school safety and security measures

Levels of personal, school, district and community safeguards and supports in a circle of safety help keep students, staff and families safe at school. We are improving existing safeguards and protections, adding new security measures, hiring additional safety officers, upgrading locks, doors and fencing at schools, and improving safety plans. (Visit the CMS Circle of Safety page for a downloadable PDF of this graphic).



Plan ahead for school meals with Nutrislice

Look for the School Menus tab on the CMS website or download the Nutrislice app to your smart phone to get meal menus, nutrition and allergy information. For parents who like to put a copy of the menu on the refrigerator, PDFs of weekly menus are also available.



Contact the Ombudsman's Office for questions, concerns or help.

The Ombudsman's Office is a new resource in CMS to respond quickly and effectively to families. We listen to concerns, clarify issues and help generate and evaluate options for families. Reach us at (980) 343-0055 or ombudsman@cms.k12.nc.us.


To access our Back To School resources, you can always go to www.cms.k12.nc.us and click the yellow "Back to School" button at the top of the website.