CMS Safety
Circle of Safety

School safety is everyone's responsibility.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District protects students and staff with a comprehensive approach to safety, well-being and security.

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  • Reach out for social / emotional support when you need it
  • "See something, say something" about suspicious activity
  • Watch for behavioral changes
  • Use social media responsibly
  • Understand and follow safety instructions and drills
  • Be observant of traffic and surroundings at bus stops


  • Expanded visitor, vendor and volunteer screening
  • Lockdown and active survival training in all schools
  • Locked entrances and monitored access points
  • Facility improvements including new locks, fencing in key areas, reinforcement of vulnerable areas
  • Expanded digital surveillance
  • "Stand Up Speak Out Against Bullying" reporting


  • Additional crisis and evacuation training
  • Additional school resource and CMS-PD detectives
  • Deeper background checks for employees and volunteers
  • SafeSchool training for all CMS employees
  • Expanded school safety plans
  • Rapid crisis communications


  • Increased mental health support 
  • Law enforcement agency partnerships
  • Parents talk to students about appropriate items to take to school 
  • Ensure weapons are always secured and locked away
  • Civic, faith and community mentors
  • Community safe havens
  • Look out for school buses and obey traffic laws
P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools website ( is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any website accessibility concerns may be brought via the following, Email the Web Accessibility Team at WebAccessibility or Call: 980.343.0115. In compliance with Federal Law, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools administers all education programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities, may be referred to the District's Title IX Coordinator at titleixcoordinator or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education.