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Back To School

Frequently Asked Questions

Back to School 2021-2022

>> Does my child have to wear a mask?

>> Why can't my student be fully remote this year?

>> Are Covid-19 vaccinations required for staff or students?

>> Will symptom screeners and temperature checks be required?

>> What are the face-covering rules for sports?

>> How do I find my child's bus stop location?

If you have any questions not answered in our Back-to-School pages, please contact your child's school or the Ombudsman's Office. 

Phone: 980-343-0055  Email: 

Questions and Answers for Back to School

Does my child have to wear a mask? 

Yes. On July 30, 2021, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education approved a universal face-covering requirement for all students over the age of 2, all staff, volunteers and visitors inside buildings, and on all buses or school transportation. Face coverings will remain optional outdoors on all school sites. This requirement is for the 2021-22 school year and includes all students regardless of vaccination status. Please us the Face Covering Exemption Form.

Why can't my student be fully remote this year?

In-person learning is the best option for students, especially in the early years. On August 25, CMS will open our K-12 schools and will follow the guidelines established in the NC SafeSchools Toolkit (updated 7/30/2021). With face-to-face instruction, CMS schools offer a safe, productive educational environment with opportunities for social-emotional support, academic support, diverse enrichment through arts and athletics and nutritious meals.

Fully remote learning is no longer an option for students in North Carolina. However, we have launched three virtual schools for students in grades 3-8 and continue with our existing virtual high school. The enrollment period closed on July 18. These virtual schools are magnet programs and require a transfer request from the student's assigned school.

CMS virtual schools are not equivalent to the Full Remote Academy learning offered during the 2020-21 global pandemic. For more information, visit

Are Covid-19 vaccination required for staff and students?

CMS does not require a Covid-19 vaccination for students or staff at this time. However, we are encouraging anyone who is eligible to consider getting vaccinated. Read more information about required Immunizations & Health Assessments for NC schools. 

Will symptom screeners and temperature checks be required?

No. The CDC no longer recommends daily symptom screenings for students in all schools. However, parents, families and caregivers are encouraged to monitor children for symptoms and keep students home who are sick until symptoms stop. 

What are the face-covering rules for indoor and outdoor sports?

All athletic coaches, student-athletes and spectators must comply with CMS face-covering requirements indoors for all activities, practices, and games. NCHSAA requires that the policies of the home school must be followed as the minimum requirements during competitions. Capacity of 100% will be allowed for all sports facilities. The use of face coverings outdoors remains optional.

How do I find my child's bus stop information? 

Student bus schedule information will be distributed to the schools during the second week of August. Find out more transportation details on the Bus Transportation FAQ page.

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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