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Update #4: Community Health Advisory (March 6)
Update #4: Community Health Advisory (March 6)
Posted on 03/06/2020
Please read this important health advisory concerning the Novel Coronavirus, also called COVID-19.
This advisory is also available in Spanish and Russian.

March 6, 2020
Community Health Advisory Update

The Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 continues to receive a significant amount of attention by leadership within both our district office and individual schools. To date, there are no reported cases in Buncombe County. District leaders are in constant communication with public health officials and are jointly monitoring the potential impacts of COVID-19. At this time, BCS will not cancel or postpone events or field trips unless advised to do so by public health officials. We are encouraging healthy hygiene procedures before, during, and after these field trips. It is important to note that there is not a one-size-fits-all response to school closures or event cancellations, but we continue to work closely with our public health partners and school nurses to monitor and respond to this ever-evolving situation. Also, our school nutrition staff, who are fully trained and nationally accredited in safe food handling techniques, will continue to be vigilant about our food service procedures.

The Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials maintain that prevention measures such as hand-washing (for 20 seconds, using soap and water), staying home when sick, not touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes are key steps in keeping illness from spreading in our community. Our school custodial staff remains diligent in keeping high touch areas and high traffic zones in our schools clean and disinfected.

The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are working with the Buncombe County Health Department and will communicate any guidelines or updates as we receive them.

So that we can best communicate with you, please ensure your contact information is up to date in PowerSchool. Also, download the BCS app to receive any important alerts or updates. You are also encouraged to follow @BuncombeSchools on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Buncombe County Health Department is maintaining the most current health information and resources on the Buncombe County website. Also, the CDC is maintaining this website with the most current health information.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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