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CMS and the DNC

As part of the city’s planning for the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will temporarily adjust school dismissal times and adapt bus routes. The historic event Sept. 4-7 is expected to bring thousands of delegates and visitors to the city.

Traffic volume and patterns will change during the convention as streets are closed or restricted. CMS has made adjustments that will allow teaching and learning to continue all week – which is also the second week of school – while helping parents and students get to school on time and without undue difficulty.

Adjustments to school dismissal times and bus routes 

Students affected


Metro School

Early dismissal on Thursday, Sept. 6, with students leaving at noon. Return to normal schedules on Friday, Sept. 7.

Irwin Academic Center Dismissed at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. Return to normal schedules on Friday, Sept. 7.
First Ward Creative Arts Academy Three days of early dismissal: Tuesday, Sept. 4, Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 6, students will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. Return to normal schedules on Friday, Sept. 7.
Cato Middle College High School Cato Middle College High School will be closed for the week. No makeup days are required because Cato classes began Aug. 3.
Students who live in the Interstate 277 loop CMS has adjusted about 325 bus routes to ensure smooth transport for students through convention traffic. To reduce disruption to families, the district is using the same routes for convention-affected schools and students for the first two weeks of school. Permanent bus routes will go into effect the week after the convention.
Students from Ballantyne Elementary, Community House Middle and Ardrey Kell High Parts of Ballantyne Parkway will be closed and affect morning and afternoon commutes for students beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 7. CMS has adjusted bus locations of a few of our students—and have been in contact with families who will be affected. Families with students at these schools should be aware of the closures in case you need to make adjustments to your school-home commute.

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Video: CMS and the DNC update 8.22.12