In an August 27 letter to state legislators, the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board requested flexibility on remote learning instructional requirements which have seen young children spend many hours each day sitting in front of computer screens.
With COVID still spreading at dangerously high rates and insufficient resources to guarantee safe in-person learning, CMS has started the 2020-21 school year under Plan C, which means all students are learning from home.
The struggle to balance staff and student health and safety with learning needs and legal requirements during a pandemic has been a challenge to say the least.
Two weeks into the new school year, parents have complained that the amount of mandatory screen time is unhealthy and unsustainable, especially for elementary students.
With state legislators due back in Raleigh on September 2, yesterday CMS Board Chair Elyse Dashew and members of the board’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee sent a letter to General Assembly leadership requesting flexibility in the number of instructional hours required under state law.
The letter, addressed to Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, and chairs of education committees in both the NC House and Senate, asks the General Assembly to “provide LEAs with flexibility in providing six hours per day of instructional time so that screen time can be limited when needed.”
You can read the letter in its entirety below: