CMS welcomes 26K students back into the classroom, while nearly 60K opt to stay remote

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - As families left the carpool line Monday, students gave a big ‘thumbs’ up when asked how the first day back in-person went.

On Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools welcomed approximately 26,000 students back for in-person learning, with Group A. The students going back this week for hybrid in-person range from elementary, Pre-K, K-8 schools and some students with disabilities.

On Thursday another wave of elementary aged students head back into their with Group B. By the end of the week close to 46,000 students will be back learning hybrid in person.

It’s the second time these groups are making the transition back to in-person learning. A transition CMS Superintendent, Earnest Winston, says should be a breeze.

“Students know what to expect when they arrive at the bus and they arrive at school,” says Winston. “We’ve done this before.”

Health and safety protocols start before students get to campus. The school day is filled with constant cleaning, social distancing, healthy a safety protocols plus masks on at all times.

But not everyone is deciding to go back in-person. Close to 43 percent of CMS families opted for their child to learn at home, through the full remote academy.

A closer look at the data shows, close to 46 percent of students enrolled in the full remote academy are Black. Grade levels were relatively even with enrollment in the full remote academy.

Winston thanked families and CMS staff for their partnership in getting students prepared to transition back to in-person learning. For now, Winston says they’re taking their in-person learning plans one step at a time.

He says the district is constantly looking at how efficient and successful their system is working, and will adjust learning plans accordingly.

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