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It’s official! Students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district get your school supplies ready – you’ll be back at it come August 17, 2020. That’s two weeks earlier than previously planned. That’s thanks to the Board of Education who voted this week to change the school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. The original date for the first day of school was August 31.

In fact, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a new law that requires public schools to open across the state on Aug. 17 and end before Memorial Day 2021.

What will the Aug. 17 school start mean? That CMS will open before the Republican National Convention, that’s scheduled to be in Charlotte from Aug. 24-27. During that week, students won’t actually be in the classroom. The district plans to use the five-state required remote learning days.

The earlier date start isn’t all bad news. It’ll also mean thatĀ first-semester exams will happen before the winter break and school will be finished by Memorial Day next year.

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