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'Return to Learn' Update #10
'Return to Learn' Update #10
Posted on 01/14/2021
The Buncombe Board of Education has decided to continue remote learning through at least Feb. 12, 2021.Translations are available in Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Vietnamese, and Chinese (PDF).

BCS Communications Department

'Return to Learn' Update #10
(1/14/2021)

The BCS Board of Education met for a regular board meeting on Thursday and made the decision to continue remote learning for all students through at least February 12.
This is due to the persistent and significant spread of COVID-19 throughout our community. The Board has had frequent communication with the local health department and health experts. The Board has closely monitored the local percent positivity and North Carolina’s County Alert System, which indicates the critical spread of COVID-19 across Western North Carolina. According to health experts, we continue to be in the midst of a surge in COVID-19 cases, likely due to holiday travel. By remaining virtual, we aim to slow the spread of this virus and keep our staff and students as safe and healthy as possible.

This motion that passed allows the board an opportunity to review the local metrics and determine at our February 4, 2021, board meeting whether conditions warrant a return to a Plan B operation for K-12 or to remain in Plan C beginning Monday, February 15.

We understand this may not be the decision that all of our stakeholders wanted. But, the BCS Board of Education has gathered data and feedback throughout this school year and continues to make the best choices possible to keep our staff, students, and campuses healthy and safe.

Please remember that January 18 is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and there will be no school.

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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