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Update #13. Special Announcement
Update #13. Special Announcement
Posted on 03/25/2020
Buncombe County Government has issued a ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe' declaration beginning Thursday, 3/26 at 8 p.mTranslations are available in SpanishRussian, Romanian/Moldovan, Vietnamese, Ukrainian, and Chinese.

Dear BCS Families and Staff:

Buncombe County Government has issued a ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration’ beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. The intent is to keep our community as healthy as possible and minimize any further spread of the coronavirus. This declaration will not impact the critical services that our schools are now providing, such as our breakfast and lunch pick up and delivery.

Our educators continue to deliver their lessons virtually, and families may continue to travel to and from our schools to pick-up distance-learning packets and other essential materials.

Our staff members who have been assigned to our critical and essential functions are free to travel to and from home to perform these duties. As such, school nutrition, bus drivers, maintenance, custodians, and mechanics or BCS employees who are reassigned to these duties should keep their BCS badge with them at all times during their travel to and from work. If you have any specific questions about work or travel, please reach out to your supervisor.

Parents and students should understand that students traveling to visit with friends is not considered essential. Students, please continue to practice social distancing. By staying home, you are playing an important part in keeping our whole community healthy and safe.

We are all in this together. Please reach out to your school with any specific questions or concerns.

Also, please note that this ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ declaration is NOT a ‘Shelter in Place’ declaration. ‘Stay Home, Stay safe’ simply means residents should stay home as much as possible but are still able to perform essential services and travel for essential reasons.

HERE is specific guidance from Buncombe County regarding this declaration.

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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