CMS Hurricane Florence Update on 9-14-18

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed for students and staff on Monday, Sept. 17, to protect the safety of students, staff and community members due to impacts of Hurricane Florence.

All CMS athletic practices, games and events are cancelled through Monday, Sept. 17. Extracurricular activities and field trips scheduled through Sept. 17 are cancelled. Community use of schools events and before school and after school enrichment programs (ASEP) are also cancelled through Monday.

Make-up days will be designated at a later time. Monday, Sept. 17, is designated Code C for CMS employees.

Our community remains in a declared official state of emergency by state and local leaders. Experts advise that the full impact of Hurricane Florence in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region will be most severe on Sunday, Sept. 16, into Monday, Sept. 17, and may include severe flooding, widespread power outages, downed trees, road closures and limited access to school buildings and facilities. Red Cross officials advise that shelters now open on CMS campuses will remain open as needed to meet needs of evacuees.

CMS understands the wide impact of closing schools on families, students, staff and the community. The district's first priority is to help keep everyone safe. This decision was made after consulting with weather, emergency preparedness and law enforcement experts and in coordination with City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County leaders.

CMS will continue to update families, students, staff and the community through Connect phone call messages in English and Spanish, CMS website, CMS social media on Facebook and Twitter, e-mails and the CMS mobile app.

Further preparation information and emergency alerts are available at charlottenc.gov and readync.org. Text CHARMECK to 888777 for #HurricanceFlorence text updates.