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Update #7: Urgent Special Announcement (March 14)
Update #7: Urgent Special Announcement (March 14)
Posted on 03/14/2020
Please read this urgent special announcement regarding the temporary closing of schools.This message is also available in Spanish, RussianRomanian/Moldovan, Ukrainian, and Chinese.
Good evening, BCS Families and Staff:

Earlier today, Governor Cooper announced an executive order affecting all K-12 public schools. As such, Buncombe County Schools will now be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16, for at least two weeks. This closure affects all programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices, and competitions, and weekend events.

Monday, March 16, will be a regular day for employees, including teacher’s assistants unless you are ill and wish to take sick leave. Please note that school nutrition employees will be reporting to assigned meal sites. Further information will be shared via email. Bus drivers will receive separate communication, as well. Important additional information will be provided to all categories of employees soon.

In consultation with state and local leaders, we will determine a schedule to re-open school at a later date.

BCS Virtual Days
Our school system has been preparing for this closure. As such, Buncombe County Virtual Days will soon be in effect. Our teachers have worked diligently to prepare students to remain connected to our curriculum and their classmates virtually, despite our campuses being closed. Please check your email and ask your children to check their school email for more details about assignments and upcoming lessons. If your child did not bring their device home on Friday, we will formulate a plan to get those devices to them. We will share those details with you soon.

Emergency Food Services

Also, we want to ensure all in our community have uninterrupted access to nutrition. With the help of dedicated partners, Buncombe County Schools will host drive-through food pick-up stations (breakfast and lunch) in all of our districts. We will begin this program with

Oakley Elementary,
Johnston Elementary,
Emma Elementary,
West Buncombe Elementary,
Woodfin Elementary,
Hominy Valley Elementary,
Pisgah Elementary,
Owen High School,
Black Mountain Primary,
Weaverville Elementary,
North Windy Ridge Intermediate,
and, Estes Elementary.

We will use yellow buses to deliver food to high population areas of the district that are area eligible. We will announce more details including meal service time on Sunday.

For our employees, we are awaiting further guidance from the NC Department of Public Instruction regarding pay options during this shutdown period. We ask for your patience as we seek further guidance on this matter.

This is an unprecedented situation for school systems across the state. Be sure to check BuncombeSchools.org for the latest information. Please follow @BuncombeSchools on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, please download the BCS app and “opt-in” for notifications.

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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