CMS families, staff, students, partners and
Together, we can be the neighbors we teach our students to be.
As Hurricane Florence draws closer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Schools will be closed for students and staff on Thursday,
Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 14, to protect the safety of
students, staff, families and community members.
All CMS athletic practices, games and events are cancelled
for Thursday (9/13), Friday (9/14) and Saturday (9/15). Extracurricular
activities and field trips scheduled for September 13 or September 14 are
cancelled. Before school and after school enrichment programs (ASEP) are
Make-up days will be designated at a later time. These days
are designated Code C for CMS employees.
A number of factors and expert guidance from education,
weather, emergency preparedness and law enforcement experts informed this
Florence is dangerous, unpredictable and safety is the priority. Because
Hurricane Florence is a very powerful and dangerous storm affecting our entire
state, a state of emergency has been declared across North Carolina. Weather
and emergency planning experts have advised everyone to prepare for widespread
impacts within the next 3-5 days.
2. Hurricane Florence
has forced evacuations to emergency shelters and we must consider safety in new
ways. CMS is proud to serve our state and region by opening several CMS
school campuses as emergency shelters led by the Red Cross in partnership with
other agencies. Emergency shelters opened today for evacuees at CMS high school
campuses including East Mecklenburg, South Mecklenburg, North Mecklenburg,
Olympic and Ardrey Kell. Emergency shelters at additional schools may be opened.
These emergency shelters are staffed and provisioned by the
Red Cross with support from partner agencies to meet shelter, medical,
nutrition, comfort, safety and security needs. CMPD and CMS-PD are supporting
shelters with officers, equipment and communications assistance.
CMS believes that supporting our neighbors in need is the
right thing to do for our state, community and people affected by Hurricane
Florence. With safety as a priority, the district considered security,
maintenance, traffic and staffing needs at shelters as a part of the
decision-making process. Very heavy traffic during evacuations is difficult to
predict and could significantly impact and delay CMS transportation and other
3. Hurricane Florence
is predicted to have catastrophic impact in the Carolinas. A weather system
and emergency of this magnitude requires CMS to consider a variety of factors in
addition to local weather conditions and direct impacts in
Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Many of CMS’ 19,000 employees live in surrounding and
more rural counties. CMS teachers and staff, and over 147,000 student families,
have other family members, loved ones and pets now being evacuated from coastal
4. Hurricane Florence
challenges effective teaching and learning. Every day is important in
education. Uncertainty about weather, transportation, housing, access to power,
safety and security are significant distractions to teaching and learning.
Make-up days will be designated a later time.
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
All North Carolina residents are advised by authorities to
prepare for impacts of Hurricane Florence. CMS encourages families to stay
connected throughout this declared emergency and prepare with critical contact
information, fully fueled vehicles, stored water, non-perishable food,
prescriptions, flashlights, fresh batteries, radios and pet supplies at home.
Special care should be given to young children, the elderly and those who are
without a permanent home. Further preparation information and sign-up for
emergency alerts are available at charmeckalerts.org and readync.org.
Thank you for your support of education, our schools and the
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