9 Catholic schools will close Sept. 6 due to DNC

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by ANN DOSS HELMS / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 3:03 PM

CHARLOTTE,N.C. -- All nine Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools will close Sept. 6 because of anticipated road closures and other problems associated with the crowds coming for the president’s acceptance speech at Bank of America stadium.

“What makes this particular decision challenging is that we are trying to make a sound decision based on limited information,” Janice Ritter, superintendent of MACS, wrote in a letter emailed to parents Friday. “However, we feel it is best to make the safety of our students, families and teachers a top priority. We also feel it is better to make that decision now so that families have time to plan for childcare, rather than find ourselves in the position of making a last minute decision to close.”

The letter said principals of the nine schools – eight in Mecklenburg and one in Mooresville, with a total of 4,900 students – are “fairly confident” they can cope with “increased traffic, delays and road closures” on the first two days of the convention, Sept. 4 and 5. Teachers will give students work to do at home on Sept. 6, the letter says.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools plan to stay open during the convention, though three schools inside the Interstate 277 loop will have early dismissals. However, the school board has granted Superintendent Heath Morrison authority to close schools as needed.

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