Students, parents adjust to school changes spurred by DNC
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CHARLOTTE -- The Democratic National Convention is bringing changes for some Charlotte-Mecklenburg students this week in the form of different bus routes or early dismissal times. With it only being the second week of school, the system worked hard planning these adjustments to make it as smooth and convenient as possible for the families.
"This time we had to walk through some gates and a couple military guys, secret service, and the kids thought it was kind of exciting,” said Sheika Ross, who has two children at Dilworth Elementary.
From emails to phone calls, even personal visits from police officers, CMS parents learned about the temporary shuttle stations for students living within the Interstate 277 loop.
"No confusion. I haven't had to call, ask questions, straightforward with everything. Keeping us informed of any changes or anything. I'm happy with it,” said Ross.
It's just one change, along with things such as a few early dismissals, that CMS put in place to accommodate the DNC.
"We spent a lot of time planning for this, a lot of preparation. Great collaboration between the city and county officials, so it's going really well,” said CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison.
Morrison says the system wanted to provide as little disruption possible for families, while also keeping the focus on learning and the safety of the students.
"Probably suspect that we have the highest concentration of security to student enrollment in the entire country right now with the amount of police presence in the Uptown area. So we feel it's a very secure place, obviously the thing I've been most worried about are logistics with any traffic tie ups, getting our kids in and out,” said Morrison.
State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson, who was visiting the city Tuesday and visited some uptown Charlotte schools, says this is a great experience for the schools and students.
"Having the DNC here in Charlotte is an opportunity for teachers to express to students how important it is to know about our nation, to know about voting, and to know how important it is to be involved in elections,” said Atkinson.
Any altered bus routes or school times will return to normal after the Democratic National Convention.