The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted Sept. 28 to approve a virtual instruction plan that allows students in kindergarten, first and second grades to transfer to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Virtual Elementary if they are deemed medically fragile.
The change is part of a plan that must be submitted to the Department of Public Instruction by Oct. 1. The plan says all students found to be medically fragile can enroll into the CMS Virtual Elementary School. Once a student has enrolled in the virtual magnet, the student will continue there for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. The initial window for enrollment opens Oct. 4 and closes Oct. 10. Students accepted during this initial window will start their enrollment Nov. 1. Applications submitted and approved after the initial window will be enrolled on a rolling basis after Nov. 1.
"We have heard from parents of younger students who are medically fragile," said Elyse Dashew, Board chair. "We are glad that CMS can offer students this expanded educational choice."
In other action, the Board voted to approve its remote instruction plan as permitted by North Carolina Session Law 2021-130. The approved plan allows Superintendent Earnest Winston to transition schools from in-person to remote learning in the event of severe weather, power failure or other emergencies. This authority can be exercised for a single school or multiple schools. The Board also voted to mark this change on the academic calendar to indicate that up to five remote instruction days may be used at the superintendent's discretion. (The addition to the calendar does not alter any dates on the previously approved academic calendar.)
"I am grateful to the Board for allowing me this opportunity for extended flexibility," said Winston. "It will help us deal with unexpected circumstances such as snow, ice or power outages in a quick and effective way."
The Board also voted to approve a new social media policy. This policy clarifies employee use of social media.