It's time to head back to school!
Monday marks the first day of school for several counties in the Channel 9 viewing area, with many more following shortly behind.
It's time to head back to school in the Charlotte area! Our team coverage has students and parents covered on all things "Back to School," on Eyewitness News.
Eyewitness News has dedicated a special section for coverage to help you prepare for the first day back to class.
FIRST DAY BACK:
- Alexander County: August 26
- Anson County: August 12
- Ashe County: August 15
- Avery County: August 7
- Burke County: August 26
- Cabarrus County: August 26
- Caldwell County: August 26
- Catawba County: August 26
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: August 26
- Chesterfield County: August 19
- Chester County: August 19
- Cleveland County: August 26
- Gaston County: August 26
- Iredell County: August 8
- Lancaster County: August 19
- Lincoln County: August 12
- Richmond County: August 26
- Stanly County: August 26
- Rowan-Salisbury County: August 7
- Union County: August 26
- Watauga County: August 19
- York County: August 19
Meteorologist Keith Monday will be in Severe Weather Center 9, tracking any weather that could impact your drive to school, bus stop drop-offs, and after-school pick-ups.
If you are concerned about the drive to school, Traffic Team 9 will have traffic updates on Eyewitness News Daybreak every 10 minutes, starting at 4:30 a.m.
Get to school and back home safely
On the first day of school, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will launch more than a thousand buses across the Charlotte area, taking hundreds of thousands of students to and from school.
Parents can track their child's bus with the "Here Comes the Bus" app.
School officials say parents should have their child at their assigned bus stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled stop time.
School security is one of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' top priorities after last year's deadly shooting at Butler High School.
The CMS police chief and superintendent updated parents on how they're planning to keep students safe ahead of the upcoming school year.
BACK TO SCHOOL COVERAGE:
- Family Focus: How parents can help tackle 'Back to School' anxiety
- CMS plans for future testing of lead in water
- Charlotte leaders discuss how to spend $4.6M on improving school safety
- North Carolina elementary school teachers struggle to pass test to receive license
- Back to School: Stores offer bulletproof backpacks in bricks-and-mortar locations
- Back to school: 15 preschool lunch ideas even teens will eat
- 6 ways to help get your child in back-to-school mode
- Back to school: 8 hacks for stress-free mornings
- Back to school already? Students head back weeks before Labor Day
One major change is the crisis alert system, which is moving into all high schools after being piloted at Charlotte East Language Academy last year. With the new program, all staff will have a panic card that can trigger the system. The system then sends school-wide alerts for lockdowns, evacuations, severe weather or emergency medical situations.
The district now has more than 7,000 cameras monitoring schools, and they have provided active survival training for all employees, which is more than 8,000 people.
They also made physical improvements with upgraded locks, stronger doors, and digital access controls for main entries.
Another big change is the use of K-9 officer Nico to sniff out firearms. He's already found one gun during the summer session and will be used in random screenings alongside metal detectors and wands.
Random security screenings are also moving into middle and K-8 schools, in addition to high schools.
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