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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in north Mecklenburg County were closed an extra day Dec. 11.

1. Schools missed two days from the snow

Snow and other winter weather Dec. 9 and 10 prompted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to close all of its facilities Monday, Dec. 10. Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, CMS opened on a two-hour delay, but schools in the northern end of the county (the Herald Citizen coverage area), magnet and home schools remained closed. The missed days increased the count to six so far this school year due to weather.


2. Criteria was met for partial closures

CMS closed select schools in three categories for Tuesday, Dec. 11: Home schools in hazardous areas, magnet schools with students traveling from hazardous areas and schools without power. “(The) decision does not reflect implementation of an ongoing policy but was an option exercised with safety as a priority and in response to deteriorating conditions, input from families and staff, and guidance from safety experts and law enforcement,” a statement from CMS reads.


3. Days missed for Florence were waived

CMS closed school the two days before Florence arrived in the Charlotte area as well as the Monday after it came through. While north Mecklenburg received 4-5 inches of rainfall from the slow-moving storm, areas of south Charlotte and Matthews had upwards of a foot of rainfall. The next Wednesday, CMS announced it was waiving all three days for students and staff and would not be made up later in the year.


4. The day for Michael is being made up

Hurricane Michael, technically a much more powerful storm than Florence, did not bring the same kind of alertness to the region or nearly the amount of rainfall. However, the storm came from the Gulf of Mexico up through the Carolinas in a 24-period, its high winds leaving many CMS facilities without power, including North Mecklenburg High School. February 18, 2019, is the make-up day for the Oct. 11 missed day, and March 29 is the make-up day from Oct. 12.


5. The make-up day for Dec. 11 is set

For schools who were out on that Tuesday, the make-up day is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2019. CMS continues to study open and close policies, practices and procedures for hazardous weather impacts, the CMS statement reads, as safety will remain the priority. The district will update the community as discussions continue and will advise as soon as possible on any impacts as we continue to move through the winter months ahead.


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