Charlotte-Mecklenburg middle and high schools will offer four days a week of in-person classes beginning April 12. But the school board’s vote Tuesday night launches a scramble for quick decisions from families.
The school board approved the new schedules because a new state law relaxed 6-foot distancing requirements for older students. That law also requires districts to give families the chance to opt into or out of full remote instruction.
The state set April 1 as the deadline for that decision. But Deputy Superintendent Matt Hayes says CMS needs answers in the next three days to allow time for rescheduling classes and bus routes.
“We are asking and pleading with our families that if you are wanting to make a change that you please complete the parent change request form that will be sent to you by your school by the end of the day on Friday, March 26,” he told the board. CMS will start notifying families Wednesday.
About 61,000 of the district’s 145,000 students had opted to stay in the district’s Full Remote Academy through the end of the school year. But with COVID-19 cases dropping and a return to more in-person classes available, some may choose to return to classrooms.
If there’s a huge influx, that could create staffing challenges, said district human resources chief Christine Pejot.
“If we had a mass transfer from FRA into in-person and all of those students needed transportation, yes, we would have a bus driver staffing issue,” Pejot said.
On the other hand, families who signed