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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.)
Songs from Silence: The All-County Virtual Chorus

On May 13, 2021, Buncombe County Schools proudly presents the first virtual All-County Chorus. …

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Small World, Big Lessons

Science lessons are coming to life for fifth-graders in Ms. Jordan Fisher’s class at Black Mountain Elementary. …

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2021 Math Teacher of the Year

On Friday, BCS math educators surprised Math Teacher of the Year Gillian Tart-Snyder, who teaches seventh-graders at A.C. Rey …

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No Barriers: Students Tackle ADHD Accessibility

Nine sixth-graders at North Windy Ridge won a $5,000 grant to improve learning experiences for peers with ADHD. …

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BCS 18th in U.S. for National Board Teachers

Buncombe County Schools remains among the top districts in the country for National Board Certified Teachers. …

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The 2021 Top Scholars of Buncombe County Schools

Join us at 6:30 p.m. on May 10 to virtually honor our 2021 Top Scholars! …

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Mars, Moon Maps Spark Student Curiosity

Thanks to a partnership with AFF and grant funding from Public Consulting Group, giant Mars and Moon maps are at each BCS sch …

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Community High Plants the Seeds of Success

“This is all about having students take charge of their learning, engage in cross-content connections, and really pursue the …

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Spreading Love, Hope, and Unity

“I think this project helped bring out the sweetest, most caring parts of them,” said Ms. Fisher. “They were all excited to d …

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Theatre Students Present Broadway Musicals

There was a special kind of happiness on the Rams' stage, as theatre students held their dress rehearsal. …

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