CMS votes to bring middle, high schoolers back for more in-person learning

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted 8-1 Tuesday night to move middle and high school students to Plan A, which means they will attend school in-person four days a week, and have one day of remote instruction.

All CMS students not enrolled in the Full Remote Academy will attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday reserved for remote instruction.

The changes will take effect on April 12.

The move aligns with schedules already in place for students in elementary and K-8 classes.

The plan is to return all students not enrolled in the Full Remote Academy back to class five days a week starting May 10 until the end of the year.

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“As a mom, I know students will be overjoyed to be back with teachers and friends in the classroom four days a week. Safe, in-person learning is what our students need,” said Board Chair Elyse Dashew in a news release. “I also know that all of this change is exhausting for the CMS family. The board has responded to ever-changing COVID guidelines for over a year now, including new rules announced by the state as recently as last week. We thank our staff, students and families for your resilience. The light is at the end of the tunnel.”

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Families can choose between the Full Remote Academy and in-person learning. The deadline to make the choice is April 1.

Pre-K students will continue to receive in-person instruction five days a week, as will students with disabilities whose IEP plans require in-person learning.

The board voted to keep open 82 After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) sites and allow them to remain operational throughout the remainder of the academic year.

“This year has been unlike any other year,” said Superintendent Earnest Winston. “But bringing students back into the classroom for in-person instruction is an important milestone in our effort to return to some kind of normalcy. We know that in-person instruction is most effective for our students.”