CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Because of Coronavirus concerns, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are moving up spring break to March 23rd-27th. Teacher workdays will now be the 19th and 20th. The vote passed 7 to 1.
The Board of Education says these changes will allow time to prepare for virtual and other forms of instructional delivery. The district will send a survey to students to gauge which students might need additional support when it comes to technology and wi-fi access.
The board is also working on a plan to provide meals to kids as well while they adjust the school calendar. “We are working to refine that plan and finalize what that looks like. But we are confident that we’ll be able to provide meals for our students. That’s always a concerns, particularly when we have severe weather days. Making a decision not to have school. Whether or not kids will have a least two meals a day,” said CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston
The new move is “to put the district in the best position to move forward,” according to Elyse Dashew, CMS School Board Member.
Students will now only be at school for three days next week. Spring break was initially set for April 13th – 17th with teacher workdays on April 1st and 2nd.
Prior to the emergency meeting, CMS canceled all field trips. Middle and High school athletics are also canceled along with all school-based events happening outside of regular school hours.