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Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!
Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!
Posted on 08/17/2021
Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin shares a special back-to-school welcome with families, students, and staff. BCS Communications Dept.

August 17, 2021- With the new school year beginning on August 23, 2021, Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin shares a special back-to-school welcome with families, students, and staff. In his hopeful message, Dr. Baldwin addresses some of this year's goals and stresses the continued importance of collaboration and teamwork in navigating this turbulent season of COVID-19.

"We are excited for the many opportunities that await our students this year," Baldwin said.

The video is posted below and available on YouTube.

Transcript:
Dr. Tony Baldwin, BCS SuperintendentWelcome to the new 2021-2022 school year in Buncombe County Schools.

I am pleased to announce that unlike the prior school year, on Monday, August 23, our 44 school buildings will be open to teachers and students for in-person instruction.

COVID-19 and the emergence of the Delta variant continue to pose a significant challenge to our operation of schools. Recovery and Advancement will be a primary theme for the upcoming school year. Recovery from the many transitions and disruptions of instruction that we faced in 20-21 actually began this summer with a highly successful six-week session involving 2,800 of our students from the first through the twelfth grades.

Our goals for recovery not only address academics but include aspects of social emotional health as students enter back into a pattern of daily interactions with peers and teachers. Some of the patterns that we became accustomed to last school year will remain, such as wearing face coverings inside the building and on school buses, as well as observing other components of the 3 Ws – waiting to maintain space and washing hands.

Another key pattern that impacted us in the past was the ever-present constant of CHANGE. Our ability to successfully navigate these turbulent waters was centered around collaboration and teamwork. These same qualities along with creative decision making and flexibility will serve us well in the new school year ahead.

We are excited for the many opportunities that await our students this year, and once again, a huge welcome as we prepare for our August 23 opening.


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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