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Update #17. Class of 2020 Graduation Announcement
Update #17. Class of 2020 Graduation Announcement
Posted on 05/08/2020
An important message regarding Class of 2020 graduations.


BCS Communications

The Buncombe County Schools (BCS) leadership team understands that due to the coronavirus pandemic, this semester has been a turbulent one for all of our students and their families, but especially our senior class! We are in the midst of an unprecedented health crisis and must operate under all federal, state, and local safety guidelines. School and district-level administrators have worked diligently to keep our seniors’ interests in mind as we have been forced to make difficult decisions.

Today, we do have some positive news to share. After gathering feedback from administrators, teachers, students, and parents, we have devised a plan to ensure that we maintain the dignity of graduation, honor all of our 2020 graduates for their 13 years of hard work as students, and prioritize the health and safety of our school community. 

First, the Class of 2020 will be recognized with a virtual graduation ceremony hosted by key school staff members. This filmed production will premiere on the school’s website and social media pages on a day and time to be determined by your school.

After your virtual graduation ceremony, your school will schedule a diploma pick-up and a cap and gown photo opportunity at a staged area on your campus. This event will be limited to no more than two vehicles per graduate. Your principal will communicate further details including a specific day/time for this event.

Finally, a school-based reunion event for the class of 2020 will be planned and scheduled by the principal. The time will be determined during the 2020-21 school year in accordance with any COVID19 protocols that may be in place at that time.

COVID19 Phased Guidelines will be followed at the time of all the above-mentioned activities* taking place, and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be used by staff.

*The above activities are endorsed by the BCS Board of Education and sanctioned by the Buncombe County Emergency Operation Center.

In closing, to paraphrase Buncombe County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Fletcher Tove, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Buncombe County has remained relatively low; however, he reminds us that COVID-19 is a highly contagious and potentially deadly illness. We must continue to work together, make good decisions, and follow all public health guidance as we navigate this difficult situation 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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