COVID-19 Relief Fund

Supporting CMS students and families during the COVID-19 crisis


Closed Schools,

Open Hearts

In this time of crisis, we’re stepping up to support our district’s students and families

Across the country, people are experiencing dramatic shifts in their daily lives as a result of COVID-19.  With extended school closures, we anticipate significant impacts on families throughout our community. We know that the needs will be great for our students and their families. 

In response to this crisis, we’ve launched the CMS COVID-19 Relief Fund to ensure all students have the resources they need to access learning while school buildings are closed. Our primary focus is equipping students with the technology required to stay connected with teachers, peers and community support systems during this challenging time.


Connect for tech

Teachers and students are finding creative ways to stay connected and continue learning while school buildings are closed. Watch “Connect for Tech,” a special virtual event we hosted to highlight the critical role of technology and the impact of donor support during the ongoing pandemic.

$1M to bridge the digital divide

We partnered with E2D to eliminate barriers to internet access for students

In partnership with Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D), we’ve worked to make sure internet access doesn’t become an additional barrier to CMS students and families during this crisis.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the David A. Tepper Charitable Foundation, the John M. Belk Endowment, and the David Belk Cannon Foundation, we’re providing 6,000 hotspots and prepaid internet service to students without home connectivity.

Schools are closed, but access to learning doesn’t have to be.

Responding to critical needs

In addition to increasing student connectivity, we’ll be working with district leaders and support staff to identify critical family needs and help get funds where they’re needed most.

Additional District info & support

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will be providing grab-and-go meals for students at select schools sites. Click the button below for information on meal distribution and additional COVID-19-related updates from CMS.