CMS cancels class Monday over anticipated Florence impact
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are closing Monday due to impacts of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall around 6 a.m. near the Wilmington coastline.
CMS made the announcement around 11:45 a.m. Friday, saying all classes, athletic practices, games and events were canceled for students and staff. Extracurricular activities and field trips were also canceled.
Our community remains in a declared official state of emergency by state and local leaders. Experts advise that the full impact of Hurricane Florence in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region will be most severe on Sunday, Sept. 16, into Monday, Sept. 17, and may include severe flooding, widespread power outages, downed trees, road closures and limited access to school buildings and facilities. Red Cross officials advise that shelters now open on CMS campuses will remain open as needed to meet needs of evacuees.
CMS says they understand the wide impact of closing schools on families, students, staff and the community
“The district’s first priority is to help keep everyone safe. This decision was made after consulting with weather, emergency preparedness and law enforcement experts and in coordination with City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County leaders,” CMS says.
CMS also canceled class Thursday and Friday.
CMS made the announcement Wednesday as Hurricane Florence was moving closer to the Carolinas.
"As Hurricane Florence draws closer, CMS schools will be closed for students and staff on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 to protect the safety of students, staff, families and community members," CMS wrote on Facebook.
The note continued, "All CMS athletic practices, games and events are cancelled for Thursday (9/13), Friday (9/14) and Saturday (9/15). Extracurricular activities and field trips scheduled for September 13 or September 14 are cancelled. Before school and after school enrichment programs (ASEP) are cancelled."
Officials said make-up days would be designated a later time.
The district gave several factors they considered when deciding to cancel classes. Read the entire release here.
Shelters are also being set up at several high schools across Mecklenburg County. The locations are East Mecklenburg HS, South Mecklenburg HS, North Mecklenburg HS, Olympic HS, and Audrey Kell HS.
Both North and South Carolina have declared a State of Emergency. Hurricane Warnings are also in effect for the entire NC coast and portions of the SC coastline. Millions of people are being evacuated inland, and many schools and businesses are closing ahead of the storm.
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