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 #7 (October 1, 2020) - Board Approves A/B Schedule for High Schoolers starting Oct. 19
'Return to Learn' Update #6 (September 11, 2020) - Board Approves Updated 'Return to Learn' Plan
'Return to Learn' Update #5 (August 14, 2020) - 2020-21 Return to Learn Checklist
'Return to Learn' Update #4 (July 28, 2020) - Details of Plan B Beyond

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, 8 a.m. - 4 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 8 a.m. - 4 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.)
Owen Cadets Remember Fallen, Prepare for Life

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Pace Nominated for State Tech Director of the Year

BCS Technology Director Barry Pace is in the running for North Carolina Technology Director of the Year. Mr. Pace’s peers in …

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Roberson Baseball Pitches in for PEP

The T.C. Roberson Baseball team is making life a little easier for Progressive Education Program (PEP) families this Thanksgi …

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BCS Cares: Making a Difference in Our Community

BCS staff contributed $49,767.12 during the 2020-21 BCS Cares campaign to help area students and families in need. …

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Roberson Fine Arts: Leaders in North Carolina

Two veteran Roberson music educators accept top offices with the NC Music Educators Association. …

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Celebrating Community Partners

Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County was recently awarded $80,500 under the Extended Learning and I …

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Accurate Count Needed for Free and Reduced Meals

We are asking all parents who think they may qualify for the federal free and reduced meals program to fill out the applicati …

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Lowe's Heroes Kitchen Effort Helps Students Overcome

A new learning kitchen at North Buncombe High will benefit differently-abled students for years to come. …

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Concert Raises $36K for Local Schools

The Barn at Paint Fork in Barnardsville, in partnership with Ingles Markets, hosted its BarnToberFest outdoor concert lineup …

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2020/21 Weather Memo

Preparing for winter weather during the 2020/21 school year. …

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