The well-being, health and safety of students and staff is our highest priority. The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving. We will use this site to post information and updates on the district's planning and preparation. Please see the information below and the tabs on the left of this page.
The Mecklenburg County Health Department has provided COVID-19 training online. If you would like to learn more about the virus, access the training here.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has released the Class of 2020's drive-through diploma ceremony and graduation schedule.
A key component of the graduation experience will feature seniors picking up their diploma during a drive-through ceremony the day after the virtual graduation. The drive-through celebrations will be held on school campuses and are intended to provide a memorable experience for students and families.
As cars carrying students drive onto the school campus, they will be greeted by school staff who will wave them through a celebratory procession with music and balloons. Seniors, donning their caps and gowns, will have the opportunity to have a professional photographer take a picture – while social distancing – outside of their car. They will also be able to pick up a congratulatory yard sign and program. For the drive-through ceremonies on Saturday, June 13, students will be able to pick up diplomas on June 15.
The pre-recorded virtual graduation ceremonies will feature the playing of pomp and circumstances, and speeches by students, principals and distinguished guests. Every graduate's name will be called during the ceremonies, which will be held between June 9-13. Students and families will be able to watch the ceremonies on the CMS YouTube channel and Facebook.
The virtual graduations were developed using the work of the CMS Graduation Task Force, which was created to develop a memorable 2020 graduation within the safety and health parameters in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the virtual graduation and drive-through ceremonies, schools will also be able to hold an event for the Class of 2020 later this year if local and state guidelines permit such gatherings by that time.
"While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we celebrate graduations for the Class of 2020, it has not diminished our pride in our students' achievements," Superintendent Earnest Winston said. "We are proud of our graduates, schools and staff for coming together to celebrate."
To see the full schedule of virtual ceremonies, click here and for the diploma pickup schedule, click here.
May 18, 2020 - ASEP summer programs will not openAfter careful consideration, CMS will not be opening its After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) this summer. Parents who have paid thus far will receive communication regarding refunds.
Dear community partners,
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and it continues to disrupt our lives in many
unforeseen ways. We have difficult news to share on this front: We will not be opening
our buildings this summer to accommodate face-to-face programming as we have in the
past. We do not believe it is wise or prudent to open our facilities for traditional
summer programs and community use. To do so, we fear, will lead to spreading the
virus and causing illness.
We came to this decision using the guidance outlined by the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC). We are not confident that the social distancing, screening and
sanitation requirements outlined by the CDC, and strongly emphasized by our local
health department, can be effectively put in place for summer this year. We face the
additional challenge of having to incorporate new cleaning procedures to ensure
student and staff safety, as well as prepare in other ways for the start of school in midAugust.
We have not reached this decision easily or hastily, in part because we are aware of the
many needs in our community for summer activities for children. We are fortunate to
have such a strong network of partners who support summer learning and enrichment.
But we believe that the risk of exposing children and adults to the COVID-19 virus is
too great with traditional, face-to-face summer programs.
But we still recognize the tremendous value of these programs for our community's
children. To the extent we can safely do so, we will continue to support summer
programs this year. We will:
Continue to offer remote supplemental learning opportunities for all students
beyond the close of the school year
Allow continued use of our technology resources (Chromebooks and mobile
hotspots) throughout the summer for all students in grades K-11
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Provide meal distribution and other services at grab-and-go sites. The current
meal continuity program will be suspended on June 5. We will provide extra
food on the last day to take families into the week of June 8. The summer grab-and-go meal program and a modified mobile meal program will begin June 15.
The specific sites will be announced soon.
As the end of the school year approaches, we continue to work on alternative
methods to deliver education, food and enrichment opportunities to our students
this summer in ways that protect their well-being and meet CDC and state
restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We value your partnership with us and appreciate your understanding of the need for
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston announced graduation plans for the Class of 2020 at tonight's Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education meeting.
Winston said that the gathering restrictions and the social-distancing requirements in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic have made a traditional in-person graduation impossible for the Class of 2020. Instead, CMS will hold prerecorded virtual graduations that will feature the elements of a traditional ceremony, including speeches by distinguished visitors, the valedictorian, salutatorian and senior class representative; and the reading of each graduate's name with available photos. Students and families will be able to watch a virtual graduation prior to receiving their diplomas, which will be provided during a drive-through ceremony. A future school-based celebration will also be held for graduates. For more information click here.
COVID Grading Guidance.pdf
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.
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. For more information, click here.
CMS parking lots are closed for vehicle parking and playgrounds and school properties are closed to all citizens, unless related to grab and go meal distribution or student instructional materials or devices. The mandatory order includes no pets allowed on school properties and playgrounds.
April 13-17 is spring break for CMS. Thursday, April 9 is a teacher workday and Friday, April 10 is a holiday. 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.
CMS playgrounds and school properties are closed to all citizens, unless related to grab and go meal distribution or student instructional materials or devices. The
mandatory order includes no pets allowed on school properties and
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.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education received the following update March 24 on district initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the file for information on areas such as meal distribution, instructional plans and remote supplemental learning.
COVID-19 BOE 3.24.20.pdf
Gov. Roy Cooper announced March 23 that all public schools in North Carolina will remain closed for in-person instruction until May 15. The decision was made amid the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis.
"Remote learning has been designed so that CMS students can continue learning at home during this time," said Dr. Matt Hayes, deputy superintendent for academics (click here). Hayes is also encouraging parents to ensure contact information is updated with teachers and principals to enhance lesson continuity.
A lot has been accomplished in a short amount of time, but it became clear this would be a multi-month event. The focus remains on remote learning and meal preparation and distribution, and the Department of Public Instruction already has teams planning for schools and legislative requests that will be required as students remain out of school. DPI is working with the governor's team, State Board of Education and the General Assembly.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the routines of CMS students, families and staff. To help re-establish the routine of learning for students, schools have been given access to supplemental learning resources.
These resources are located on the CMS website (click here). There are numerous lessons and activities designed to help students remain engaged in learning. Please note that lessons found on the site will not be graded. The site is simply a place where students can find appropriate materials that will supplement their learning while they are out of school. Print copies of learning resources for students in grades K-3 also are available at CMS school sites where meals are provided daily.
In addition to information regarding learning content, the CMS website also has information regarding how to secure and operate student devices, how to obtain internet access and how to contact support, if needed. The district is working to provide consistent access to mobile devices and internet at home. If home internet access is not available, families should contact Spectrum Cable, which is offering 60 days of internet access for free. The number is 844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Schools will reach out to families with contact information should they need assistance with their devices.
The district thanks its families for doing everything possible to be safe and healthy, and for their continued support.
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper, the John M. Belk Endowment, and the David Belk Cannon Foundation announced a $1M gift to the CMS Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The gift will be used to purchase six thousand mobile hotspots with six months of prepaid internet services for students without access to home connectivity.
The David A. Tepper Charitable Foundation made a gift of $650,000. The John M. Belk Endowment contributed $250,000 and the David Belk Cannon Foundation contributed $100,000.
The CMS Foundation launched the COVID-19 Relief Fund on Monday to meet the critical needs of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ students and families while schools are closed due to the coronavirus. Ensuring students had internet connectivity to access online learning opportunities was identified as an immediate need. The CMS Foundation partnered with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and local nonprofit Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D) to secure a deal for the mobile hotspots and prepaid service.
“Today’s gift is an inspiring example of what can happen when groups come together. We know that this gift and every single donation from our community will help us address critical needs in our school district at this unprecedented time,” said CMS Foundation Executive Director Sonja Gantt.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools serves more than 148,000 students and is the second largest school district in North Carolina. The district allowed students in fourth through twelfth grade to take home the laptops they use in school.
“We all understand that internet access is no longer a luxury. It is essential. This gift addresses an equity issue in our community, and I am truly grateful to these three organizations for leading the way in this time of crisis and helping us meet this need. Their generosity will have a meaningful impact on our students,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston.
Reporters may contact: Sonja Gantt | Executive Director, CMS Foundationsgantt@cms-foundation.org | Desk: 980-343-0084 | Mobile: 704-280-9592
In its second emergency meeting about COVID-19 (coronavirus) in four days, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted to restore the district school calendar to its original form and approved the superintendent's plan for distance learning for students, and remote and alternative work for employees.
On March 13, the Board voted in an emergency meeting to move spring break up into March from its scheduled time in April. The change was intended to allow the district to keep students safely out of school without sacrificing required instructional hours. However, on March 14, Gov. Roy Cooper announced all public schools statewide would be closed until March 30, making the change to the CMS calendar unnecessary.
"We are in a very fluid, very fast-moving health crisis," said Elyse Dashew, chairperson of the Board of Education. "We hope that returning to the original academic calendar will provide a sense of stability in these uncertain times. However, we must all be prepared for the real possibility that our lives will not be back to normal by April. It is possible that schools will be closed much longer than two weeks."
Dashew said the Board would continue to work closely with state and local officials in government, emergency management and healthcare to keep students and employees safe.
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.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education announced in a special called emergency meeting school closures. The Board amended the 2019-2020 academic calendar to begin the school closure on Thursday, March 19.
"As we have been dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic there have been some difficult decisions we needed to make," said Superintendent Earnest Winston. "Beginning, March 19 we will be closing school to students."
Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, will become teacher workdays. 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.
The district will release further details as they become available.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is taking several proactive steps as part of our ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. As a district, we are emphasizing keeping school environments clean, promoting social distancing and limiting students and staff exposure to individuals who may be affected.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has suspended interscholastic athletics beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13, through Monday, April 6, 2020. This weekend's Men's and Women's Basketball State Championships also have been postponed. We are following similar guidelines for middle school and K-8 athletics, which will be canceled indefinitely. This means that there will be no practices or games for middle and high school athletic teams.
All before- and after-school enrichment programs will operate on a normal schedule.
Offsite professional development for staff will be conducted using a virtual format.
The CMS Career Fair scheduled for Saturday, April 4, is canceled.
District-sponsored community meetings – including budget and facility master plan informational sessions – have been canceled indefinitely.
All Community Use of Schools (CUS) events are canceled until further notice. We will work with our partners who have CUS contracts to issue credits or process refunds as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your patience during this rapidly changing environment. We will continue to monitor this situation and make decisions as they are needed, and we'll keep you informed. 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.
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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.