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CMS to start with two weeks of in-person learning, fully virtual by week three

Updated: Jul. 16, 2020 at 12:35 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board has voted that CMS will have two weeks of in-person learning to start the year, with fully-virtual instruction by the third week of school.

The plan was named “Plan B Plus Remote.”

This means for the first two weeks of school, students will be separated into three groups per school and will attend school on a rotation of in-person plus remote learning.

By the third week of school, instruction for all CMS students will be fully-virtual only.

When remote learning begins – students will not receive in-person instruction. CMS buildings will be open only for staff for essential functions.

“We are confident that Plan B-Plus Remote is the best plan for educating our students,” said Elyse Dashew, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education chairperson. “We want to provide a rigorous educational experience in the safest way possible for our students and staff.”

Officials say the first two weeks are more of an “onboarding period”, where students meet their teachers, to know who they’ll be learning with.

The two-week onboarding period will consist of students being assigned to one of three groups; one-third of students will be assigned to group A, the next one-third will be assigned to group B, and the next one-third to group C.

Students will attend in-person onboarding instruction on their group’s assigned days within the first two weeks of the school year.

This is how the three groups of students are organized in the first two weeks of school.

  • Group A comes in Monday through Wednesday, three consecutive days.
  • Group B comes in Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday.
  • Group C comes in the last three days of the second week of school which would be Wednesday through Friday.

Parents will be notified which group their student is assigned.

Even though CMS will follow Plan B Plus Remote, CMS will still offer a Fully Remote Academy available to any student or family preferring to learn remotely instead of in-person during the first two weeks.

If students/families choose the fully-remote academy, your child would not have the rotation of first two weeks of in-person learning.

This plan was voted on during an emergency board meeting on Wednesday, July 15.

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Posted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education on Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The CMS plan is designed to address worsening COVID-19 conditions and was an option given to districts by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper in a statewide announcement on Tuesday.

Face coverings will be required for every teacher, staff and student from kindergarten through high school. To help, the state will be providing at least five reusable face coverings for every student, teacher and staff member.

CMS officials want to get back to in-person instruction, but they stress that they need more time, and that’s what they say Plan B Plus Remote does.

With transportation during the first two weeks of school, CMS says only one student would be allowed per seat.

CMS plans a robust remote-learning experience, using best practices learned in the fourth quarter of the last school year and in the months since.

District leaders and teachers have collaborated with education experts from across the country to prepare a more rigorous and engaging remote-learning program for all students at all grade levels.

“Our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students,” Superintendent Earnest Winston said. “Our staff is developing dynamic programs that will engage and inform students in exciting ways as they move into the new school year.”

CMS will communicate additional details about the plan in the coming days and weeks.

Parents are encouraged to update their contact information with their schools to ensure they receive this timely information.

Parents should also expect to receive information from their child’s school with specific information related to the first two weeks of school.

The CMS Call Center – 980-343-3001 – is prepared to field questions, concerns and comments about the operational plan.

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