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Calendar Update (Nov. 5, 2021)
Calendar Update, Nov. 5, 2021
Posted on 11/05/2021
The Buncombe County Board of Education voted to adjust our calendar during the week of Thanksgiving.BCS Communications

The BCS Board of Education approved* the following calendar change at the November Board Meeting. Below are more helpful details for families.

November 22-23, 2021 will be designated as Local Remote Learning Days.

Both days will consist of asynchronous instruction for students. Quality instructional tasks will be posted prior to 10 a.m. each day. Those assignments can be completed at the student’s own pace. Students will have until December 1, 2021, to complete all assignments. Students will be counted present for the day/class period upon completion of assignments.

School Meal Options:
Meals will be available for curbside pickup between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Childcare Options:
• YMCA/Aftercare
YMCA will operate at all “School’s Out” sites on November 22 and 23. Families who are not already enrolled with the YMCA may enroll in “drop-in care” via the YMCA website or by calling the YMCA at 828-210-9622.

• Headstart
Headstart will have optional teacher workdays on November 22 and 23.

Inclement Weather Plan:
At the November 4 Board of Education meeting, we also presented our winter weather strategy for this year. Here are the potential options if inclement weather impacts our region.

• If the event is quite severe, we would likely make the day an annual leave day. Staff will not report to work and there would be no remote instruction.

• If the event is minor, the first day will be an Optional Teacher Workday. Remote learning will be asynchronous with teachers posting assignments by 10 a.m.

• If there are subsequent days also impacted by the storm, days 2, 3, 4, etc. will be synchronous remote learning days. Instruction will begin at 10 a.m.

Each weather event will be unique. The district will communicate clear instructions to families depending on the exact situation. Please ensure that your contact information is correct in PowerSchool. You may also download the BCS App on your smartphone for even faster weather and emergency notifications.

*View the Nov. 4 Board Briefing to learn about the recent actions of the Buncombe County Board of Education.

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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