Just one week from today, school doors will open and kids will be filling the hallways. For some, it will be their first experience at "in-person" school after a year of remote learning. Many kids will be super excited, while others will be filled with more than a little trepidation. What a year the 2020-21 school year was for students, parents, teachers, school staff, and our own CIS Team - indeed, the most challenging and unpredictable school year we have ever experienced.

The pandemic caused absenteeism to soar and the instructional loss for students is severe, not to mention social-emotional loss/trauma that many experienced. CIS-Charlotte's number one priority for this year is to re-engage students in their learning and get them back on track with their academics and their social-emotional wellbeing. Of course teachers are a huge part of this effort, and CIS supports teachers by getting kids ready to learn: their emotional, physical and family needs met so they can focus in the classroom (or on a Zoom). No other organization is embedded in the schools like CIS or can provide what CIS can: an assessment of individual student needs that go beyond the classroom and the ability to connect each child - and their families - to the resources and the relationships that will help them experience success inside and outside the classroom.