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CMS heading into summer

May 21. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools will continue meal distribution and other services at grab-and-go sites this summer.

The current meal continuity program will be suspended June 5. CMS will provide extra food on the last day to take families into the week of June 8. The summer grab-and-go meal program and a modified mobile meal program will begin June 15. The specific sites will be announced soon.

CMS will not be opening its After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) this summer. Parents who have paid thus far will receive communication regarding refunds.

All school buildings will be closed to community partners regarding summer programs. In a letter to partners, CMS wrote:

“We will not be opening our buildings this summer to accommodate face-to-face programming as we have in the past. We do not believe it is wise or prudent to open our facilities for traditional summer programs and community use. To do so, we fear, will lead to spreading the virus and causing illness.

“We came to this decision using the guidance outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are not confident that the social distancing, screening and sanitation requirements outlined by the CDC, and strongly emphasized by our local health department, can be effectively put in place for summer this year.

“We face the additional challenge of having to incorporate new cleaning procedures to ensure student and staff safety, as well as prepare in other ways for the start of school in mid-August.”

CMS will continue to support summer programs this year:

Continue to offer remote supplemental learning opportunities for all students beyond the close of the school year

Allow continued use of technology resources (Chromebooks and mobile hotspots) throughout the summer for all students in grades K-11

As the end of the school year approaches, CMS is working on alternative methods to deliver education, food and enrichment opportunities in ways that protect their well-being and meet CDC and state restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.