CMS superintendent to recommend giving middle, high school students even more in-person learning days

CMS superintendent to recommend giving middle, high school students even more in-person learning days
The superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is recommending to send middle and high school students back for in-person learning for even more days a week. (Source: CMS Board of Education)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is recommending to send middle and high school students back for in-person learning for even more days a week.

CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston will soon present a recommendation for moving middle and high school students to Plan A (minimal social distancing) per recently enacted legislation allowing North Carolina school districts to do so.

The plan is likely to have middle and high school students receiving in-person learning four days each week.

This formal recommendation will happen at the Tuesday, March 23 regular meeting of the CMS Board of Education.

Many parents are in favor of any changes that make going to school feel more normal for their kids.

“Anything that gets people feeling comfortable for kids to go back to school, I think is important,” said CMS parent Jesse Posey. “At some point, I think some guidance is arbitrary. But if it makes some people feel more comfortable, that definitely all for it.”

Communication to CMS staff, families, and students will be shared immediately following action adopted by the Board.

Currently, CMS has all elementary school students receiving in-person learning four days a week from March 22 until May 11. Wednesday is a remote-learning day for all students.

Middle school and high school students are currently placed into two groups of in-person learning for two days a week until May 11.

Pre-kindergarten and students with disabilities continue daily in-person learning from March 15 to May 28.

Full Remote Academy will still be offered, however, CMS is not offering open changes in between plans unless there is specific criteria met.

CDC guidance changed on Friday now recommending that students only need 3 feet of social distance instead of 6 feet to keep the transmission of COVID-19 low in schools.

This CDC guidance applies to classrooms, allowing for more students to be in each room. CDC leadership says this change in guidance isn’t just safe, but also helps aid reopening schools.

The CDC still recommends 6 feet of social distance anytime a mask has to be taken off, like at lunch. They also recommend 6 feet of social distance in large common rooms, like assemblies. And to distance at sporting events or practices where there might be loud talking, cheering or singing.

The CDC says teachers and adult staff should remain 6 feet apart between each other and other students.

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