Return to Learn
Return to Learn in Buncombe County Schools

As we continue preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 17, 2020, we are working diligently to be ready for a safe return to classrooms. No matter what happens, we're committed to providing safe and engaging learning environments for our students.

Read our latest 'Return to Learn' back-to-school updates:

'Return to Learn' Update #4 (July 28, 2020) - Details of Plan B Beyond, Approved by the Buncombe Co. Board of Education
• Frequently Asked Questions about Remote Learning (Updated July 23, 2020)
'Return to Learn' Update #3 (July 14, 2020) - Details regarding Gov. Cooper's Plan B announcement
• 'Return to Learn' Update #2 (July 2, 2020) - Summary of Plans A, B, and C
'Return to Learn' Update #1 (June 25, 2020) - Details of return Plan A
COVID-19 Prevention for Extracurricular Activities (June 18, 2020) - Info about returning to athletics/arts programs

Here you'll also find a growing video library of safety topics, community resources, student meal information, how to help (or find assistance) through donations and volunteering, and more to stay informed about our response to coronavirus in Buncombe County Schools. Our county's primary source of health information can be found at the Buncombe Ready website.
Remote-Only Opportunity for the 2020/21 School Year"I want my child to attend school remotely this fall."

We're here for you and remote learning is an option for ANY family during the Fall 2020 semester! To sign up, simply email your school's principal with your child's name and contact information.

Enrolling a new student or not sure which school to contact? No problem. Visit to learn how to find your school and get started with online enrollment.

'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.)
Helping Your Child in a Remote School World

Here are 13 at-home remote learning tips from experienced educators with the BCS Curriculum team. …

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Starting Strong with Tools for Schools

Each year, Eblen Charities distributes school supplies to more than 1,400 children thanks to the Ingles Tools for School Supp …

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BCS Foundation Director, Principal Announced

The Buncombe County Schools Foundation (BCSF) recently named Ms. Christy Cheek as its new director. Ms. Tyla Conner Moody has …

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Expanding Early Childhood Education at Emma

Buncombe County Schools (BCS) is expanding access to early childhood education, ensuring kindergarten readiness and preparing …

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The Return to Learn 'Safety Series' Videos

A new and growing library of video topics outline the rigorous preparations underway for a safe return to learning. …

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Mini-mester Means Summer Success for Students

Congratulations to the students who powered through the Graduation Initiative's Mini-mester summer program! …

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'Return to Learn' Update #4

Buncombe County Schools will implement an enhanced version of Return to Learn Plan B. …

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Help and Hope: Volunteers Make a Difference

The BCS Family Resource Center provides an ongoing source of help and hope for area families. …

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Frequently Asked Questions about Remote Learning

Find answers to many important questions about remote learning for the 2020/21 school year. …

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State Superintendent Tours BCS School

North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson toured West Buncombe Elementary School (WBES) on Monday to get a firsthand l …

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Virtual Days
We're committed to preparing students for their tomorrow.Thank you to our students, teachers, and families for making BCS Virtual Days a success at the conclusion of the 2019/20 school year. Our school campuses may have been closed, but Virtual Days and the incredible efforts of our teachers allowed learning to continue! Our Virtual Days website will be updated with the latest information as soon as decisions are made affecting the 2020/2021 school year. For more information about Virtual Days and your student's device, visit

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

Technology Help Desk
Call 828-255-5987, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
A Spanish-speaking technician (Técnico- Habla Espanol) 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

Prevention Resources

A student washes hands in a classroom sink.The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. As we work together to navigate this unprecedented time in our community and world, know that our schools continue to monitor the coronavirus situation while proactively cooperating with Buncombe County Health and Human Services, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Because there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. These helpful resources highlight important practices in prevention, information about symptoms and treatment, what to do if you're sick, and more. (Estos recursos también están disponibles en Español.)

As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


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