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Severe weather update January 20

​UPDATE: Transition to Remote Learning Friday Jan. 21 

(revised 1/20/22, 6:15 pm)

Based on information available this afternoon, CMS leaders made the decision for Friday, Jan. 21 to be a remote instruction day. Weather forecasts differ on the potential impact for icy roads Friday in parts of Mecklenburg County, so out of an abundance of caution district staff determined the best course of action is to protect the safety of students and staff by transitioning to remote instruction for the day. Make-up days for high school end of course testing will be announced at a later date.


Before School and After School Enrichment programs will be closed tomorrow. Athletics and extracurricular activities scheduled for Friday and Saturday will be postponed and rescheduled. Community Use of Schools activities will not be permitted Friday or Saturday.

The new semester will begin as scheduled Tuesday, Jan.  25. Any necessary testing for high school students will be held concurrently with the beginning of the semester. 

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January 19 Update 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will operate on a two-hour delay for students Wednesday, January 19. 

Road conditions improved during the course of the day Tuesday, but the expected re-freeze this evening likely will result in dangerous travel on some streets in the early morning hours.

CMS facilities staff and contractors worked throughout the day to clear parking lots and sidewalks, and with very few exceptions this work is completed. We are working to clear all school and worksite parking lots by arrival time tomorrow.

Staff will be expected to report at their regular start times, as they are safely able to do so and should discuss any concerns with their supervisor who may adjust their schedule to accommodate. Supervisors may allow non-exempt staff to make up any time missed within the same workweek. Non-exempt staff may also use leave for any portion of time that they are unable to report as scheduled. 

Before School Enrichment Program (BSEP) services will start two hours later than normal, and After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) services will be provided on the normal schedule.

Testing for high school students will proceed after student arrival.

Athletics and other extracurricular events will go on as scheduled.

District staff is monitoring the weather forecast for Friday with another round of severe weather possible. We will make a decision about school for that day later this week when forecasts become clearer in terms of the likelihood of winter weather and potential accumulation of snow or ice.  As a precaution, families should ensure their students bring home a device home by end of school Thursday in the event district leaders transition schools to remote learning due to severe weather.


January 17 update

CMS schools will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 18, due to dangerous road conditions in parts of Mecklenburg County.  A make-up day is scheduled for Feb. 21. The end-of-course and end-of-grade testing make-up day will be announced later and communicated with students and families.

We consulted with law enforcement and transportation officials today about road conditions across Mecklenburg County. While temperatures have risen above freezing, many roads, especially secondary roads, remain covered in snow and ice, and remain dangerous in many parts of our community.

The superintendent has the ability to waive days, but the district must build in the required instructional time for students. This year, we used that extra time for other flexibility, such as adding a teacher workday and three early release days for students.

Teachers and staff will have a designated workday on Tuesday, Jan. 18, in accordance with the updated severe weather guidelines issued by CMS. The CMS 2021-2022 Academic Calendar will be revised to reflect changes. 

Closed schools include all Charlotte virtual academies. CMS virtual school teachers will be participating in a staff workday.

All athletics, school-sponsored extra-curricular activities, ASEP and community use of schools are also canceled.


Jan. 15, 2022

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is aware of the forecast predicting winter weather and the district is carefully monitoring the situation. Should schedule changes become necessary, we will notify families and staff as soon as possible through our usual communication channels. This includes voice messages and emails for families and staff, information on the CMS website homepage, posts on CMS social media channels and updates shared with local news media. Due to the unpredictable nature of winter storms, it is unlikely a decision is made and communicated before Monday afternoon, Jan. 17.

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