CMS, community-based organizations to create remote learning facilities

CMS, community-based organizations to create remote learning facilities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — From websites going down to a lack of internet and childcare issues, the last week and a half has been a real challenge for thousands across the area.

Tuesday night, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board voted in favor of a plan that would certainly take some weight off working parents’ shoulders.

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CMS has been working to find a solution so children are not stuck at home by themselves during the school day.

More than 100 community-based organizations have asked CMS if they can create remote learning facilities. These will provide a safe place for students to be while they learn online.

The board approved the plan, but these organizations have to agree to conduct background checks on any staff, have an appropriate student to staff ratio, implement safety requirements and hold CMS Harmless for any incidents.

CMS hopes to raise $3.2M to provide internet to students without access

CMS leaders are stressing this is not an excuse to get out of in-person instruction.

“I can feel the hot air bristling around the community thinking it means we have given up opening schools, we have not,” Rhonda Cheek from District 1 said.

“We want nothing more than to return our students to in-person instruction, but only when the board determines that it is safe to happen,” Superintendent Earnest Winston said.

Officials said transportation will not be provided to the centers unless those organizations offer it. The hope is that many of them will be in walking distance to the students who need them.