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Update #16. The Remaining School Year
Update #16. The Remaining School Year
Posted on 04/24/2020
An important message regarding the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Translations are available in Spanish, Russian, Urkainian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Romanian (PDF).

Dear BCS Families and Staff,

We hope this message finds you as well as possible during these difficult and unprecedented times. We do want to inform you that Governor Cooper announced this afternoon that all public school buildings in North Carolina will remain closed for the remainder of this school year. Under this order, all BCS school facilities, playgrounds, and athletic fields remain closed. School buildings are closed but learning continues.

BCS Virtual Days will continue through the end of our academic year

June 3 is our last student day. Teachers will continue to connect students through remote learning which includes providing online material, print material, or conferencing by video, email, or telephone. Our schools will provide information on picking up additional take-home kits for families who need them. Instructions for turning in any paper packet work and digital devices including Homework Hotspots back to your school will follow in the coming weeks. Additional supplemental resources continue to be added in NCEDCLOUD (e.g. Discovery Education Experience including Coding, BrainPop K-8). Students can also create (robust language learning platform) accounts through their Buncombe County Public Library Student Accounts and access eBooks through Sora. Find more information on site.

For high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, virtual AP testing is scheduled for May 11-22 and will be conducted online. Click HERE to learn more.

New Student Enrollment

We are enrolling new students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, including our Kindergarten Dual Language programs! Our procedure has been modified to be completely online. Please visit to learn more. 

School meals and supply delivery 

Our open meal pick-up sites and meal delivery options will continue through June 3 as will our Family Resource Center. In the coming weeks, we’ll provide further details on our summer meal service.

We’ll continue serving breakfast from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays to anyone 2-18 years of age at the following locations (weekend meals will be distributed on Fridays during lunch times at all sites):
• Black Mountain Primary
• Charles D. Owen High
• Emma Elementary
• Haw Creek Elementary
• Hominy Valley Elementary
• Johnston Elementary
• North Windy Ridge Intermediate
• Oakley Elementary
• W.W. Estes Elementary
• Weaverville Elementary
• West Buncombe Elementary
• Woodfin Elementary

Parents, you are also encouraged to fill out a Free/Reduced Meal Form, especially if your financial situation has been affected by the pandemic. You may do that online. Also, please reach out to your school’s data manager if you have a change of address to add to your form.

End-of-Year Events

We know that graduation and prom are important milestone events that are important to our families, especially for our seniors and those transitioning from their elementary to intermediate or middle schools. We do not have answers yet for you for all of these milestones but discussions are underway. 

Gathering personal belongings

Our schools will announce dates and times for families to pick-up any remaining materials and personal belongings that they may have left at school before our buildings were closed in mid-March.

Social/Emotional Support

We understand how difficult this situation may be for our families, students, and staff. There are 

many resources available to help assist. School counselors and school social workers are working virtually to support students by teaching skills to minimize stress as well as individual counseling. Many students have the option to continue their school-based mental health work with their therapists virtually. Staff members have access to our Employee Assistance Program, provided by EAN (Employee Assistance Network). If you have a student struggling with mental health, please contact your school counselor.

Technology Assistance 

Our Technology Department has addressed many of our students’ challenges to internet access or connecting with technology for their classes and will continue to do so. You may “ZenDesk” chat with our technology team via this link from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please watch for further communication and check our website for updates. We understand you may have many more questions. District and school leaders continue having conversations with county and state officials to find those answers. Please reach out to your principal and we will work together to provide further guidance.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate these challenging times together.

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,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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