If you've found this page you're probably wondering whether or not Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools have a snow day today. That's about the only "inclement weather" that schools will close for around here. Fortunately, there are a number of resources for you to use to find out CMS school status. Here's a list of some of the best. This list will also be helpful if your child attends a private school in Charlotte or Mecklenburg County, or a school that's not a part of the CMS system.
If you are checking these school listings in the evening, be sure to pay close attention to the date shown (meaning, make sure that if it says your school in Mecklenburg is closed, it says that it's for the following day). Often, these lists from various news sources aren't updated in the evening, and the closing that you think is for tomorrow was actually today's.
Where to Check for School Closings
The official CMS school web site is probably the best place to get information is straight from the source. Information will be posted here by 5:30 a.m. Early dismissal information will be posted between 11 a.m. and noon each day.
You can also watch these television stations or check their websites:
WBTV - Channel 3 (Cable 2)
WSOC-TV - Channel 9 (Cable 4)
WCNC-TV Channel 36 (Cable 6)
WCCB-TV - Charlotte CW
News 14 Carolina - Cable 14
These radio stations also report school closings:
Or, finally, you can check the Charlotte Observer.
More About Snow Days in Charlotte
All after-school activities will be canceled if school closes or is dismissed early. If the weather worsens in the late afternoon, but school is dismissed at the regular time, principals will decide whether to cancel practices and activities. If a game or competition is scheduled, the home team's principal will make cancellation decisions.
North Carolina law required schools be in session for a minimum of 180 days and 1,000 instructional hours. Each missed day must be made up. Make-up days for students and staff are built into the school calendar. Students are expected to attend school on those designated snow make-up days.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg school system serves over 135,600 students each year and was established in 1960. 20 high schools make up the CMS system, along with CMS also 94 elementary schools and 32 middle schools.
Snow days aren't incredibly common in Charlotte, but you can usually count on at least a few days off each winter. The biggest threat of inclement weather for this region is ice, and the local roads quickly become pretty treacherous. In fact, many times, you'll see CMS cancel school just for a few flakes, or simply the threat of snow. When you see that happen, you may hear your friends or family from the north scoff. Just know that Charlotte and North Carolina snow are completely different from what you'll see elsewhere in the country!