Return to Learn

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Buncombe County Schools’ faculty and staff are looking forward to a brand new school year of in-person learning. We will be focused on addressing any educational challenges our students may have faced due to COVID-19 disruptions and also work to accelerate their learning this year. The pandemic has shown us that change is the only constant we’ve faced. We will continue to monitor the health situation in our schools and across our county and make any safety modifications necessary to ensure we can maintain a healthy, in-person learning environment.

Below are some helpful links to information regarding safety protocols and expectations in our buildings as well as specific COVID protocols from Buncombe County Health and Human Services. View all of our recent Return to Learn school updates.

Looking for the latest data?

We want to remind you that each Thursday by Noon, schools will post their new COVID-positive cases on their websites.

Please log on to your school’s website, click on the “Announcements” tab under "Quick Links" on the left side of the screen (screenshot example below), and you’ll see the updated post at the top of the page. The post will be titled "Weekly COVID-19 Update."

This number, which reflects the prior week (Wednesday to Wednesday), includes staff and student school-affected cases. 

Please remember if a student or staff member is identified as a close contact of a COVID positive and must quarantine, they will immediately receive a direct communication with important health guidance.

Please reach out to MAHEC’s School Health Program Manager April Baur, April.Baur@mahec.net, with any general health questions.

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Return to Learn Parent Resources

COVID-19 Public Health Protocols:

View a summary of district COVID-19 updates.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

If your child is in isolation and quarantine, a family member who is well is welcome to pick up a breakfast and lunch for that child from any school. They just need to place that order with the school's cafeteria manager. That contact list is posted HERE.

In-School Rapid Testing

BCS, in partnership with our school nurse program, is expanding our Rapid Antigen testing. We are working to have rapid antigen tests available in our schools for staff and students with symptoms of COVID-19*. For more details, reach out to your school nurse or administrator.

*New this year, a negative rapid antigen test will allow a symptomatic student to return to school activities (if they are feeling well and have not been named a close contact).

Hybrid Learning During Isolation or Quarantine

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When a student is in isolation or quarantined due to COVID-19, that student will engage in hybrid learning during this time period. Instruction will take place synchronously and/or asynchronously. Hybrid learning will be customized by the teacher(s) depending on the student’s age and curriculum content. Students will use their Learning Management System (LMS) to access assignments and will communicate directly with their teacher for more specific instructions.

Please visit our Innovative Learning Environments page for more details.

Technology Assistance

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We're looking forward a successful school year! Need assistance? We're here to help! Here are our current support options.

En español?

  • Vea nuestros videos en español sobre instrucciones para el aprendizaje digital.

  • Técnico- Habla Espanol: 828-255-5987, Lunes - Viernes, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Technology Help Desk

  • Call 828-255-5987, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

  • A Spanish-speaking technician is available each day from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Live Chat is available 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

If busy, email helpdesk@bcsemail.org.

'Return to Learn' and District Updates

All of our important back-to-school announcements, as well as our latest stories and safety information, can be found in our Top Stories news feed. (View the Top Stories menu to access all headlines to date.)