Buncombe County Schools moves to remote instruction Jan. 5

Press release from Buncombe County Schools:

Due to an increase in community spread of COVID-19 and an expected further increase after winter break, the BCS Board of Education voted to modify Return To Learn plans.

Monday, Jan. 4, will now be a designated teacher workday with no school for students that day. This will allow time for semester transition and ensure teachers are fully prepared for quality remote instruction.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan. 15, will be synchronous remote learning days for all students, K-12. There will be scheduled virtual instruction throughout the day. Students are expected to follow a full day schedule (times vary slightly between schools). Teachers will be in touch regarding scheduling prior to Jan. 5. During this time period, Wednesdays will remain asynchronous/independent learning days.

It is the intent of the school board to return to Plan B on Tuesday, Jan. 19, with Group A students reporting to school on that day. Wednesdays will remain asynchronous learning days for all students. Group B students will report Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22. Monday, Jan. 18, is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and there will be no school that day.

Plan B will remain in effect pending any future change directed by the Governor or BCS Board of Education.

During winter break and when students are learning remotely at home, it is critical to follow important safety guidelines — stay 6 feet apart, wear a mask, and wash hands frequently. This is how we take care of each other, and it’s an important step to getting back to a normal school schedule.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school.

Schools will serve curbside meals beginning Jan. 4, Monday-Friday, for families to pick up between noon and 1:30 p.m. We encourage you to preorder these meals through your cafeteria manager. School nutrition will also provide 7-day meal kits all Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. if picking up meals once a week works better for your schedule.

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