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Prepared for the Challenge: An Educator's Perspective
Prepared for the Challenge: An Educator's Perspective
Posted on 04/24/2020
A Virtual Days guest story by Kasey King, Assistant Principal at A.C. Reynolds High.A guest story by: Kasey King, Assistant Principal, A.C. Reynolds High School

Education has morphed quickly over the past few months to accommodate for the ‘quarantined’ life. While face to face instruction is incredibly valuable and cannot be 100% replicated virtually, Buncombe County Schools was exceptionally prepared to face this challenge. With the 1:1 technology initiative, teachers throughout the school system have completed Professional Development with the intention of strengthening the quality of lessons that are taught through laptops and Ipads. Thankfully we began this process several years ago in Buncombe County so when COVID-19 began making its presence in the mountains, the transition to a total virtual learning community was a smoother process. To assist in accessibility, county-wide approximately 1,250 hot spots have been given to families of students who did not have internet access.

Over the past few weeks, teachers have worked hard to ensure that students are still fulfilling academic requirements to prevent gaps in learning. While it has been emphasized that grace has to be shown considering each student’s differing home responsibilities during this time, inactive students have been reached via counselors and administrators to ensure they have access to the material and to verify their safety and personal needs are met while we are under a ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ declaration.

The majority of high school teachers are utilizing Google Classroom or Canvas to post weekly assignments, recordings of lessons or readings, and formative assessments. Additionally, Zoom and Google Meet have enabled students and teachers to experience virtual conversations and interaction while in the safety of their own home.

Needless to say, educators miss the students in the school building. It is very challenging to teach and learn from afar and nothing can totally replace the authenticity that comes with face to face classroom instruction.

For our seniors, Class of 2020, while we don’t know how long the restrictions will last, our minds are spinning as we want to make your scholastic achievements known in a very special and meaningful way. We know that there are many special moments that have been compromised due to COVID-19 and while it may seem as though there isn’t much we can control currently, one thing we do have the ability to do is make something special happen to recognize you.

Author Bio
Before joining the staff of A.C. Reynolds High, Mrs. King spent two years as an assistant principal at Clyde A. Erwin High School and six years at Cane Creek Middle School teaching eighth grade Language Arts and coaching cross country. An Asheville native and graduate of Reynolds High, King was thrilled to return to her alma mater. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies and received her Master's Degree in School Administration from Western Carolina University.

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This story was first released on the Facebook page of A.C. Reynolds High School, and is scheduled for inclusion in the May issue of the Fairview Town Crier publication.

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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