Some CMS Teachers Call For Remote Learning As COVID Cases Rise

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Steve Oreskovic teaches eighth grade social studies in CMS. He says COVID metrics in the district are too high and they need to go back to full remote learning.

“We need to educate students but we also need to make sure everybody is safe. Safety and security is the primary goal,” says Oreskovic.

From November 25th to December 4th, the district’s metrics dashboard shows 67 of the more than 41,000 students who are back to in-person learning tested positive. 94 of the more than 19,000 staffers currently working in schools also tested positive.
-102 CMS schools have at least one positive case.
-51 schools have two or more cases.
-five schools with 15 or more people in quarantine.
-one school has 25 people in quarantine.

“We anticipated quarantine numbers to be larger than case counts because we are being extra careful about identifying close contacts as a result of our work with the health department,” says Kathleen Elling CMS Community Superintendent.

CMS board member Carol Sawyer posting on Facebook Friday:
“Our community health metrics continue to move in the wrong direction. This does not bode well for continued in-person instruction. I think it’s time to pivot to Plan C and review metrics and reassess our plans every two weeks beginning in mid January. The decisions are not simple. Moving to Plan C means some staff will lose hours they cannot afford to lose.”

Oreskovic says the district needs to take action sooner rather than later.

“These are not normal times and they require some serious out-of-the-box thinking. That right now is one, keep us out of the buildings,” says Oreskovic.