Community Use of Schools
COVID-19 Community Use of Schools Information

3/3/2021 Update


Beginning March 1, 2021, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will allow community partners to begin to use outdoor fields through Community Use of Schools. This aligns with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, which announced last week it would open Mecklenburg County fields for public use.

Please note that until further notice, the use of outdoor facilities is limited to fields only. The use of parking lots remain off limits for drive-through or other community-related events.

In an effort to ensure community activities do not conflict with scheduled school events, principals will have final approval authority. Many extracurricular activities, including some school-sponsored athletics events, shifted from normal season schedules this year and this will limit CMS' ability to provide Community Use of fields for some partners who previously used our fields.

Existing community partners will receive notification directly from CMS regarding use of fields. Potential new partners who wish to use CMS fields may submit an application via the Community Use of Schools office.

Face coverings are required on CMS property at all times and social distancing regulations remain in effect. We ask that you continue to follow all CDC guidelines, executive orders from Governor Roy Cooper, and directives from the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department when conducting outdoor events at CMS school facilities.

For your safety, we encourage you to follow the "Three Ws":

  • WEAR a cloth covering over your nose and mouth when in public places, indoor or outdoor, where physical distancing of six (6) feet from others not in your household is not possible.
  • WAIT six (6) feet apart to avoid close contact with others.
  • WASH your hands frequently, or use hand sanitizer.

1/14/2021 Update


In support of the recent directive from the Mecklenburg County Department of Public Health, effective Monday, January 19, 2021, CMS will suspend use of all of its outdoor facilities through Community Use of Schools until further notice. This suspension is in alignment with actions taken by Mecklenburg County Department of Parks and Recreation and language in the Public Health Director’s Directive related to gatherings and recreational activities.

8/25/2020 Update


As referenced in the announcement last week, following is further communication about specific requirements for community use of outdoor athletic facilities, such as requirements for enhanced cleaning and disinfection.  In accordance with the terms of the community use and joint/extended use agreements which require groups to follow and abide by all local and state rules and regulation, CMS expects each organization to follow all recommendations that are relevant to their particular use.  Specifically, CMS requires each user to follow the cleaning procedures recommended by the NCDHHS Guidance at the end of each use, and to follow all social distancing, mass gatherings and face covering protocols.

8/19/2020 Update


CMS announced today that it will allow community use partners, extended use partners, and joint use partners to use outdoor athletic fields managed by the district.

Beginning August 24, 2020, partners may use CMS' outdoor facilities for baseball and softball games and practices. For all other outdoor sports and activities, only practices will be allowed until further notice. Community use partners must follow NCDHHS guidelines for such usage.

When CMS student-athletes return to workouts or competition, community use of CMS outdoor facilities will return to normal in-season restrictions for community use, with CMS student-athletes and teams having priority.

Further communication about specific requirements for community use of outdoor athletic facilities, such as requirements for enhanced cleaning and disinfection, will be shared with existing community use, extended use, and joint use partners by Friday, August 21.

5/26/2020 Update


Following Mecklenburg County’s announcement of Friday, May 22, CMS will maintain alignment with the County’s decision to keep their athletic fields closed until further notice. As such, all CMS facilities, buildings, fields and parking lots will remain closed at this time.  The district will send additional updates as conditions change.

5/15/2020 Update


Click to read Letter to Community Partners regarding summer programs.

5/8/2020 Update


CMS understands that many of our community partners have questions about summer programming and the use of CMS facilities.  We are working to make a decision that is best for all involved and anticipate that a decision will be announced next week.  Thank you for your patience – we value your partnership and all that you do for CMS students.

3/13/2020 Update


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is taking several proactive steps as part of our ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus. As a district, we are emphasizing keeping school environments clean, promoting social distancing and limiting students and staff exposure to individuals who may be affected.

All Community Use of Schools (CUS) events are canceled until further notice. We will work with our partners who have CUS contracts to issue credits or process refunds as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your patience during this rapidly changing environment. We will continue to monitor this situation and make decisions as they are needed, and we'll keep you informed. Please visit our CMS website and follow us on social media for additional updates. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe and healthy.

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Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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