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COVID-19 information: March 6, 2020

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continues to monitor the situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Currently, there are two confirmed cases in North Carolina, one in Wake County and the other in Chatham County. District leaders are aware that the situation could change quickly, and they want to be prepared.

"The safety and care of our school family is my top priority as superintendent," said CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston. "In situations like these, we come to a deeper understanding of how closely connected we are, and I thank you for your help in our efforts to be prepared."

Teams from CMS have met with other school leaders this week in Greensboro to share best practices, and staff members have been in constant coordination with city and county health and governmental leaders. CMS has provided schools with guidance on travel for field trips for students and some restrictions on travel for staff to attend conferences:

  • All previously scheduled, CMS-sponsored, international field trips will be on hold until at least July 31. This may have a financial impact for some students and families, and the district will work with its partners to find alternative options for those students.
  • The approval process for international field trips that have not yet been scheduled is being suspended until at least July 31. Please note: The district does not control non-CMS-sponsored international trips. However, trip leaders are advised to consider pausing their plans until more information is available.
  • Domestic field trips to areas that have not been identified as places of community transmissions of the coronavirus will proceed as scheduled.
  • Due to identified community transmission of the coronavirus, multiple active cases and the current state of emergency declared in the states of California and Washington, all district travel to or through these states has been suspended until further notice. Domestic travel to other areas is not currently suspended.

The district is providing families and staff with timely information and resources through CMS social media and in the "Spotlight" section on the homepage of the CMS website. These resources will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Cleaning standards are being reinforced at schools and office buildings, and the district will continue to educate students and staff about common steps to prevent all respiratory illness. Families are encouraged to keep children at home if they are sick.

The Mecklenburg County Department of Health has established a dedicated website for those seeking more information about COVID-19 (click here). More information is also available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (click here).

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