CMS is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Below is the information provided to families.
July 31, 2020
Good afternoon, CMS families,
Yesterday the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted to reopen CMS schools on August 17 with all remote instruction. This change means students will no longer report to their assigned schools for several days of onboarding during the first two weeks of the school year. The decision to open with all remote instruction was made due to new public health information related to the transmission of COVID-19, concerns about high coronavirus caseloads and high percentages of positive COVID-19 tests in Mecklenburg County, and increased staffing challenges related to COVID-19 impacting critical positions such as teachers, bus drivers, school nurses, and custodial staff.
Students enrolled in the Full Remote Academy will remain in that option. If during the school year the Board decides health metrics have improved enough to allow a safe return to in-classroom learning, students who are not enrolled in the Full Remote Academy will return to their assigned schools based on the schedule to be provided at that time. All CMS students will receive information about assigned teachers, class schedules, and other important information in the next several days. For more information, please visit the website www.cms.k12.nc.us.
July 16, 2020
We are calling to give you an update about the opening of schools. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education last night approved its plan for reopening schools on Aug. 17. The plan, known as Plan B-Plus Remote, begins the school year with students in-classrooms on a rotational basis during a two-week onboarding period. Beginning in week three, all instruction will be remote.
The plan is designed to address worsening COVID-19 conditions and was an option given to districts by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper in a statewide announcement on Tuesday.
The onboarding period will consist of students being assigned to one of three groups; one-third of students will be assigned to group A, the next one-third will be assigned to group B, and the next one-third to group C. Students will attend in-person onboarding instruction on their group's assigned days within the first two weeks of the school year.
After the onboarding days, Plan B-Plus Remote will offer a remote learning environment for all students, which also provides the flexibility for more teachers and staff to work remotely. Starting in week three – when remote learning begins – students will not receive in-person instruction. CMS buildings will be open for staff for essential functions, but not open for students.
A full remote-learning option may be selected by parents who have concerns about sending their students to school during continued pandemic conditions. More information about this option, including how and when to enroll, will be shared soon.
CMS will communicate additional details about the plan in the coming days and weeks. Parents are encouraged to update their contact information with their schools to ensure they receive this timely information. Parents should also expect to receive information from their child's school with specific information related to the first two weeks of school.
The CMS Call Center will be prepared to field questions, concerns. The phone number is (980) 343-3001.
July 2, 2020
Good morning, CMS families,
We are calling to give you an update about the opening of schools. CMS leadership presented three plans for reopening schools at last night's special meeting of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. No determination was made regarding which of the three plans the district will enact when school opens Aug. 17, but the Board reviewed each plan and will vote to approve after a statewide announcement is made by Governor Roy Cooper at a date yet to be determined.
The state guidelines CMS followed in preparing its reopening to protect the health of students and staff and offer the best learning environment include plans A, B and C. Plan A would mean all students returning for in-person instruction. Plan B is a schedule allowing 1/3 of students returning on alternating weeks and learning remotely during other weeks, and plan C would mean full remote learning.
For detailed information on each plan, please visit the CMS website at www.cms.k12.nc.us.
June 3, 2020
We want to send a reminder regarding the grading information your school shared recently.
As a result of COVID-19, our state board of education established a new policy on grading our students. In accordance with new guidelines, students in grades Kindergarten through fifth will not receive final numeric grades. Your child will receive end-of-year feedback on his/her progress during the fourth quarter in late June.
Middle school students taking non-high school credit classes will receive a PC19 if the student was passing the course or a WC19 if the student was not passing the course in place of a final numeric grade. Your child will receive end-of-year feedback on his/her progress during the fourth quarter in late June.
For middle school students taking high school credit classes, the student must select a grade code for the courses that were in progress second semester. Please review your child's progress in PowerSchool and work with your child's teacher to determine if your child's grade will be represented numerically or with the PC19 or WC19 codes by Wednesday, June 9.
High school students must select a grade code for courses that were in progress second semester. Please review your child's progress in Power School and help them determine which grading option to choose. We are asking that students and parents enter their grading options at the link provided by your child's school. The link for high school grade selections will close on Friday, June 5.
If you are experiencing any technical difficulty or you have questions or need guidance pertaining to grading, please reach out to your school for assistance.
May 8, 2020
Hello, this is Earnest Winston, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. I wanted to share a few updates with you. Our last day of school in this remote-learning environment is June 9. This means that we will continue to provide learning opportunities – and all students are expected to remain engaged. In addition, we have information about grading for the remainder of the school year available on the CMS website. It is important that we finish the school year strong. Looking ahead to the next school year, the governor has shared that schools will reopen on Aug. 17 – and include five additional days that must be used for remote instruction. That seems like a long way away, but it isn't. We know many families have questions about how we'll open schools and what safety measures will be in place. We don't have all answers right, but we have a team working hard to develop plans for opening schools and we'll share more details when they are available. If you have general questions, please call our call center at 980-343-3001. For now, I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this pandemic. We know how hard everyone is working to support your children's learning at home. And we will continue to make every effort to support you during this unprecedented time. I want to wish all mothers a Happy Mother's Day. Take care everyone and have a good weekend.
May 4, 2020
We hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy as we all transition to doing things differently. Parents and guardians, thank you for motivating and encouraging your child to stay engaged in their education through remote learning. Our teachers have worked diligently to provide students with virtual support and assignments to further their learning.
New guidelines for grading your child in response to COVID-19 have been released by the state board of education.
For elementary students, teachers will provide parents with written end-of-year feedback about their student's progress on specific standards and content in lieu of grades.
Middle school students will receive a pass or withdraw based on their performance. Middle school students enrolled in Semester 2 and year-long high school courses will have a choice of pass or withdraw or a final numeric grade.
High school students in grades 9 through 11, rising grade 13 and middle school students taking high school courses will have a choice of pass or withdraw or a numeric grade for each Semester 2 course. Semester 1 grades will remain intact and count in the GPA. Information will be communicated to students and parents later in May to help them determine how they want their final grades recorded for each course.
It is important for students to stay engaged with their teachers and courses so they can obtain the content and skills needed for their future courses. We hope you will continue to encourage your child to engage in their learning and with their teachers for the remainder of the year.
Thank you for supporting CMS.
April 24, 2020
Following an announcement from Governor Roy Cooper, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will extend the closure of schools through the end of the 2019-2020 academic school year. This means that students will not return to school buildings for the remainder of the school year. CMS will continue the process of educating our students through remote learning.Students in grades pre-k through third grade will be able to pick up packets at all elementary schools. Students in fourth through 12th grade who need technology should reach out to their teachers and share their needs. Meal distributions will also continue at almost 70 grab and go meal sites at schools. We also encourage families to visit the CMS COVID-19 website for updated information. Visit the CMS website to view the superintendent's video message to families.
CMS would like to thank everyone for remaining patient throughout this ever-changing time in history.
April 20, 2020
We hope that you had a wonderful spring break. Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement as we all continue to work and learn during these challenging times.
Fourth quarter academic instruction for this week, April 20-25 is available. Please visit the CMS website in the remote learning portal for more information and resources.
We are awaiting guidance from the state regarding grading going forward. Until we get additional guidance we have delayed printing report cards at this time. Families with students in third through 12th grade can view grades in PowerSchool.
For students in grades K-2, we encourage you to maintain contact with your child’s teacher during this period of remote learning. Teachers will provide feedback on assignments and give guidance for the work assignments.
If you need technology and or a hot spot please let your teacher know and we will work to get resources to you.
Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and be well.
April 6, 2020
As we all experience the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to keep you updated on important information regarding CMS. Beginning this week, we will begin providing 4th quarter academic instruction.
Print copies of learning packets in English for students in Kindergarten through third grade including our Extensions programs will be available beginning today, April 6 at all meal distribution sites.
Print copies of learning packets in Spanish for Kindergarten through third grade, Prekindergarten and dual language programs will be made available beginning Wednesday, April 8 at all meal sites. Please visit the CMS website for a list of sites closest to you. All student packets are also available on the CMS website in the remote learning student portal.
We also want to inform families that April 13-17 is still considered spring break for CMS. Correction: There is a teacher workday Thursday, April 9 and a holiday on Friday, April 10. Our district will not be providing instructional materials during those days or spring break. The CMS grab and go meal sites will not be operational on April 10 (Good Friday) but will remain operational during spring break. We encourage all families to observe the stay at home order unless picking up grab and go meals or instructional materials.
April 3, 2020
We are reaching out this morning to update our families on the K-3 learning packets at our district wide food distribution sites. These packets will not be available for pick up until next week starting on April 6. We will send communication this weekend that outlines the specific days each packet will be available for pick up at these sites across CMS.
Thank you for being great partners in learning, we appreciate each of you for supporting our efforts to keep our students academically engaged during this time.
March 31, 2020
Thank you for your flexibility and investment in your child's learning. The role you play, and that we play together, is critical to your child's health, success and growth.
In recognition of the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our state, we were forced to close schools. Since then, we have been providing optional learning opportunities for students. Moving forward, starting no later than Monday, April 6, we will begin providing fourth-quarter academic instruction that begins new content.
Your child's principal will provide additional information regarding the official start date for your child. Each CMS school will make available learning packets for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade at every meal distribution site in the county, as well as on the CMS website. We are working to do everything we can to get your children and our teachers the resources and devices that they need.
Teachers are everyday heroes. During this period, they have been hard at work for you and your family. As students work remotely, they should expect to hear from and have access to their teachers. Additional information will be coming from your child's school on specific supports that will be provided.
If you need assistance with gaining access to a mobile device, Wi-Fi connectivity or have any questions, please reach out directly to your child's teacher, counselor and/or school principal. As always, please refer to the CMS website (www.cms.k12.nc.us) for additional information.
March 25, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper's declaration regarding the expanded school closure through May 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has impacted a number of end of the school year activities. As a result, CMS has made a decision to cancel all school proms in 2020. There is no guarantee that the COVID-19 virus will have reached its peak and we cannot assure families that the health danger will be diminished by the time our proms were scheduled to take place. We will be working with families and vendors to determine refunds for fees paid for this event. While we realize this is not the news students wanted to hear, we thought it was important to make and share our decision in a timely manner.
March 23, 2020
Governor Roy Cooper has announced all K-12 public schools will remain closed to students at least through May 15. The governor's declaration is in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis.
Our focus remains on remote learning and increasing our grab and go meal delivery. Visit the CMS website for up to date information and resources. Keep yourself and families safe by using good hygiene and practicing social distancing.
March 14, 2020
As COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases increase across the state, Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all K-12 schools to close for two weeks, effective Monday, March 16, 2020.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be closed for students for at least two weeks beginning Monday, March 16. This includes the CMS before- and after-school program. We will work to keep school buildings open on Monday. We will provide more information to staff as we receive more answers from the state.
Given the Governor’s decision, the CMS Board of Education plans to schedule a meeting to vote to return to the original school calendar.
The coronavirus crisis is an unprecedented community health concern. CMS executive leaders, in partnership with local and state officials, are developing plans to address these exceptional circumstances. These plans include feeding students and continuing learning using a virtual platform.
We understand that families and staff will be affected by this decision and we appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work to navigate the closure of schools.
In the coming days, parents will receive information about opportunities for students to continue learning. As decisions are made, information will be shared through our normal communication channels. We will continue to provide updates to questions families and staff will likely have. Many responses will depend on decisions at the state level.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. We will communicate more details as they become available.
March 13, 2020
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education announced in a special called emergency meeting school closures due to COVID-19 Coronavirus. The Board amended the 2019-2020 academic calendar to begin the school closure on Thursday, March 19.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has led to the need to limit the potential for community spread in the Mecklenburg County area.
The vote means spring break will be moved from April 13-17; the new spring break will be March 23-27.
These changes will allow time to prepare for virtual and other forms of instructional delivery should they become necessary.
Thank you for your support of Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Please work to keep your families safe. Visit the CMS website for more details as additional information becomes available.
March 12, 2020
Earlier today, we learned from the Mecklenburg County Health Department that two individuals in the county tested presumptive positive.
Today, the Mecklenburg County Health Department said there is no need to close schools at this time.
Earlier this week, we canceled all field trips in and outside of Mecklenburg indefinitely. The exceptions are athletic, band, choral, art, JROTC and chess competitions and those trips should continue as planned at this time. We will keep you posted about any changes.
Districtwide cleaning efforts are continuing at our schools and on our buses.
If your child is sick, please keep your child home. If your child is exhibiting symptoms and you have questions, please contact your doctor or the Mecklenburg County Health Department at 980-314-9400 to receive further guidance.
Please visit our CMS website and follow us on social media for additional updates. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe and healthy.
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 on 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 illnesses. 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).
Feb. 28, 2020
We are sharing information and resources about the Novel Coronavirus. At this time, there are no confirmed cases in North Carolina. The current risk to the general public is low. However, we are aware that this could change quickly.
We are monitoring the situation closely. In addition, we are following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about planning for a coronavirus outbreak. We are also working closely with the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department and other health/safety officials on emergency-preparedness planning.
Should there be a coronavirus outbreak in Mecklenburg County, CMS will consider alternative learning environments and ways to prevent unnecessary exposures, including canceling or postponing any large events. Custodians have been instructed to spend extra time cleaning and disinfecting schools.
Our best protection at this time is prevention. We continue to recommend the same precautions that help to prevent the spread of all respiratory illness, including flu:
Follow your doctor's orders: If your child is told to stay home, keep him or her home!
When children have a fever with cold/flu symptoms, keep them home from school until they have been fever-free (without the aid of fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours.
Here are a few additional resources:
The North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about coronavirus from the public.