CMS Kindergarten Through 5th Grade Students Return to In-Person Learning on Monday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Thousands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg students will return to the classroom on Monday.

The district is moving forward with plans to bring Kindergarten through 5th grade back.

“Because of the COVID cases that’s going on, I think they should wait until at least next year,” says CMS parent Wanda Hall.

She’s thankful her high school age son won’t be one of the students returning on Monday.

Under “Plan B,” students will rotate between in-person and virtual learning.

County Health Director Gibbie Harris told school board members last week she is comfortable with young students returning.

“The research that’s been done up to this point shows that children up to the age of 10 are less likely to be infected and less likely to spread COVID,” Harris said.

But she also said parents should not send their children to school if they are sick.

“We have a culture where the work ethic is to work unless you can’t. This is not the year for that,” Harris said.

WCCB Charlotte got a look inside Windsor Park Elementary in East Charlotte on Friday.

Desks are placed six feet apart and yellow markers in the hallway show how far students need to be from others.

Students have to wear a face mask and have their temperatures checked before going into the building.

Hall says she’s not sure how she’ll feel when it’s time for her son to return to the classroom.

“If it’s, you know, getting better then I won’t be too concerned, but if it’s not, I’m going to be concerned,” she says.