Return to Learn

This school year, we are working diligently to ensure a safe return to classrooms. No matter what happens, we're committed to providing safe and engaging learning environments for our students.

As we Return to Learn in Buncombe County Schools, visit this page for the latest up-to-date school and safety information. Our county's primary source of health information can be found at the Buncombe Ready website.

COVID-19 School Dashboard
Ensuring safe schools during the COVID-19 pandemic requires a commitment by our greater Asheville/Buncombe community to follow three Ws - Wear a face covering, Wash your hands often, and Wait at least 6-feet apart. This COVID-19 School Dashboard will provide regular reports outlining the effect that community spread is having on area schools.

As Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City School families and educators are working through in-person and virtual learning during COVID-19, both school systems, along with Buncombe County Health and Human Services (BCHHS) and Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) are partnering to provide additional information to students, families, and staff.

This dashboard will update each Thursday at 9 a.m. It will show staff and student cases together, organized by school location, including Central Offices. The cases reported will only include staff and students who work or attend school in-person.

With cold and flu season merging with the community spread of COVID-19, we anticipate this dashboard will help ease fears as people stay home with traditional seasonal illnesses. Also, this dashboard balances a need to inform our community with respecting student and staff privacy.

All public, private, and charter schools are welcome to participate in this initiative.

Read our recent announcement or view the new dashboard below.

Recent 'Return to Learn' Updates
(You may also view all of our recent updates.)

'Return to Learn' Update #13 (March 17, 2021) - Board approved a 'Return to Learn' Plan A scenario.
'Return to Learn' Update #12 (February 25, 2021) - Board votes to modify K-5 Return to Learn plans.
'Return to Learn' Update #11 (February 4, 2021) - Board votes to move all students to Plan B beginning Feb. 15.
'Return to Learn' Update #10 (January 14, 2021) - Board votes to continue remote learning through at least Feb. 12.
'Return to Learn' Update #9 (December 18, 2020) - Board votes to modify Return To Learn plans for 2021.
'Return to Learn' Update #8 (December 3, 2020) - Board votes on plan for Spring 2021.

Remote Learning
We're committed to preparing students for their tomorrow.We're looking forward a successful 2020-21 school year! Our Remote Learning website will be updated with the latest device and login (username/password) information, as well as helpful how-to videos. For more information, visit

Need assistance? We're here to help! Here are our support options for August, 2020.

En español?
• Vea nuestros videos en español sobre instrucciones para el aprendizaje digital.
• Técnico- Habla Espanol: 828-255-5987, Lunes - Viernes, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Technology Help Desk
• Call 828-255-5987, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
• A Spanish-speaking technician is available each day from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
• A Mandarin-speaking technician is available each day from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Live Chat is available 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
If busy, email

'Return to Learn' and District Updates
All of our important back-to-school announcements, as well as our latest stories and safety information, can be found in our Top Stories news feed. (View the Top Stories menu to access all headlines to date.)
Covid Can't Mask the Love of Books

Buncombe students put their knowledge to the test in this year's virtual Battle of the Books showdown. …

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2022 District Teachers of the Year Announced

Each year, the Buncombe County Schools Teacher of the Year tradition celebrates excellence in education. …

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Owen High Unveils Unique Boutique

An old technology storage room at Owen High School has been transformed into a boutique of sorts. The Nook will provide stude …

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Eblen Students Fight to End Homelessness

For three thoughtful girls at Joe P. Eblen Intermediate School (JPEIS), compassion starts young. Sixth-graders Sophia Nerenbe …

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Gifted Program Focuses on Equity, Inspires Statewide

BCS' gifted program has been identified as a state leader in the pursuit of equity and excellence. …

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BCS Virtual Academy Enrolling Now

Is your child an independent and curious learner? They could be a great fit for the Buncombe County Schools Virtual Academy. …

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Enka High Students Build Little Free Libraries

Ten Enka-blue library boxes are being installed in parks and recreational facilities throughout the county, thanks to the ded …

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W. Buncombe Students Win Limerick Challenge

Two West Buncombe Elementary School classes won a national poetry contest by writing creative, rhyming limericks – completely …

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Intermediate Schools Reunited Under Plan A

On March 22, BCS’ four intermediate schools warmly welcomed back fifth- and sixth-graders for in-person instruction, five day …

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Vir Datt, State K-5 Chess Champion

Fifth grade chess champion Vir Datt outranked 76 talented players to win this year’s K-5 state tournament. …

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