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Black History Month 2021
Black History Month 2021
Posted on 02/04/2021
A Black History Month graphicBCS Communications Department

While Black history is an integral part of American history and is integrated into instruction throughout the year, Black History Month provides an opportunity for teachers and students to delve deeper into the many contributions of and challenges for Black Americans.

This month, BCS teachers will explore Black history through age- and curriculum-appropriate lessons and assignments. The Buncombe County Schools Curriculum Department has provided resources for teachers and students in order to better understand this important part of the American experience.

BCS teachers are developing culturally responsive classrooms where they understand their own cultural biases; match their teaching styles to the learning styles of their students; build trust with students and help them develop positive mindsets; and create environments where students feel comfortable enough to take risks.

The BCS Student Services Department has made huge strides in its efforts to help teachers make their virtual and in-person classrooms better places to welcome all students and prepare them for their tomorrow. In preparation for this school year, Students Services sponsored important training for school staff, including trauma-informed care for all school-based staff, racial and culturally responsive practices, and social emotional skill-building.

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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