Back to School
School starts Aug. 26. Goodbye, summer and hello, school — and it’s not too soon to start getting students back into school mode. First days can be exciting and/or anxious, especially for students who will be entering kindergarten, middle or high school for the first time. These students will encounter new expectations, and new faces will surround them. Families can help their students begin the school year with confidence. Visit the school website, review materials sent by the school as soon as it arrives, show your student where the bus stop is, talk about new expectations and meeting new classmates and acknowledge any fears for the upcoming school year. Attend the school’s open house.
Click here to read about other grade specific tips for success and have a great 2019-2020 school year!
Clips from the August 7, 2019 Media Briefing on Safety
School Nutrition Services
Immunizations and Health Assessments
CMS and Mecklenburg County Residency
All children of school age who reside in Mecklenburg County are welcome in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. CMS believes that school should be a safe place for everyone. CMS does not ask for residency status of any student. CMS protects the information of all students according to federal and state laws and Board of Education policy.
The district is committed to providing supports and resources to enable all students and educators to focus on what matters most – teaching and learning in the classroom.
CMS encourages all families to have an emergency plan in place and to share it with their students. This plan should include contact information for trusted adults and safe places to go to should an emergency arise.
The safety and security of all students and staff is always a top priority in CMS. Should law enforcement be present on a CMS campus, school staff will follow Board of Education policy KLG and regulations KLG-R “Relations with Law Enforcement Agencies.” According to this policy, CMS school staff will notify district leadership, ask for proof of a warrant or other judicial authority and await further supports as needed.
When upsetting national or local events occur, students may be traumatized and have feelings of insecurity and emotional distress. CMS staff are prepared to offer support to any student. If your student or any student seems to need support, please notify school leadership. CMS school counselors and student services are available and will be provided. A guide from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for families and their students who may be experiencing trauma is available here (link to ENG and ESP of attached docs).
A variety of local organizations provide supports to immigrant and refugee families in our community, including: