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Safety measures and protocols to ensure staff and student safety:

The safety, health and well-being of our students, staff, families and community is a top priority.  As we return to in-person learning across the district we will continue to follow CDC’s K-12 safety strategies as well as NC DHHS StrongschoolsNC toolkitSome of these measures include: requiring face covering, physical distancing, handwashing, cleaning facilities, monitoring community transmission rates and contact tracing to appropriately quarantine and isolate anyone who is ill. We continue to monitor our local metrics, follow state guidance and revise recommendations and protocols as we receive updates. 

CMS is committed to consistent and layered prevention strategies to ensure safety in our buildings and will continue 

  • Encouraging anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated

  • Social/physical distancing encouraged and reminders posted throughout the building

  • Face coverings are required indoors by all students, staff and guests in CMS facilities (unless an exception is documented with the Student Face Covering Exemption form, Spanish version.) Face coverings are required to be worn on buses or other transportation vehicles. Face coverings are not required outdoors but may be worn if individuals are more comfortable doing so. NOTE: In 2021-22 student exemption requires a medical professional's signature. 

  • Hand sanitizer stations placed strategically throughout school

  • Prior to arrival, monitoring for symptoms at home and stay home if sick. Monitoring at home includes that staff and students must disclose (within the last 10 – 14 day period):

-Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

-Have you been in close contact with someone who tested positive?

-Have you developed symptoms?

If someone answers YES to any of these questions, they must contact the school and remain at home until they meet criteria for return. Students who are not feeling well should stay home and consult with a health care provider.

  • Custodial teams will be following Centers for Disease Control guidelines for enhanced cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing

  • Custodial teams will conduct enhanced cleaning/disinfecting processes inside classrooms and restrooms at the end of each school day and perform enhanced cleaning on common touchpoints throughout buildings throughout the day

  • Daily monitoring and restocking, as needed, for custodial supplies (paper towels, hand soap, toilet tissue, hand sanitizer, custodial cleaning products, etc.)

  • Water fountains will be cleaned more frequently. As a reminder, no drinking directly from the fountains

  • Increase airflow in schools by 10-15% via HVAC automation system, where feasible

  • School buses will have hand sanitizer for staff and students

  • School buses will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily

  • Bus drivers will be provided personal protective equipment including face coverings, hand sanitizer and cleaning products

COVID-19 Guidance for Supervisors and Employees

Guidance for Supervisors.pdf

Guidance for Employees.pdf

COVID-19 Guidance for Principals

Guidance for Principals.pdf

COVID-19 Guidance for Return to School

When can my student return after symptoms or a positive test.pdf


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Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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