CMS is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Below is the information provided to families.
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.
Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe and be well.
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.