COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response


The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.
As we work together to navigate this unprecedented time in our community and world, know that our schools continue to monitor the coronavirus situation while proactively cooperating with Buncombe County Health and Human Services, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

For a list of recent back-to-school updates and a growing library of relevant video topics, view our Return to Learn page.

Here you'll also find, parent resources, meal information, how to help (or find assistance) through donations and volunteering, and more to stay informed about our response to coronavirus in Buncombe County Schools. Our county's primary source of health information can be found at the Buncombe Ready website.


Check mark  Online financial support of our COVID-19 emergency programs is now accepted.


Virtual Days
We're committed to preparing students for their tomorrow.Thank you to our students, teachers, and families for making BCS Virtual Days a success. Our school campuses may have been closed, but Virtual Days allowed learning to continue! Our teachers diligently prepared lessons that helped students remain connected to our curriculum and their classmates virtually. For more information about Virtual Days and your student's device, visit VirtualDays.BuncombeSchools.org. Our Virtual Days website will be updated with the latest information as soon as decisions are made about the start of the new school year.

Need assistance? We're here to help! Here are our support options for July, 2020:

Technology Help Desk
Call 828-255-5987, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
A Spanish-speaking technician (Técnico- Habla Espanol) is available each day from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Live Chat is available 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
If busy, email helpdesk@bcsemail.org.

District Coronavirus Updates
As we closely monitor the coronavirus situation, we're committed to bringing you the latest information that impacts our students, teachers, and schools. Our Top Stories news feed will contain our most recent Health Advisories and announcements.
               
Return to Learn #2

Learn about BCS' Return to Learn options for the 2020-21 school year. …

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Teacher Bridges Cultures with World View

North Buncombe Middle School English language arts and social studies teacher Katharine Zamarra helped her students connect t …

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BCS Announces New Directors, Principals

Buncombe County Schools (BCS) has announced several leadership changes in anticipation of the upcoming school year. …

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A "Jump Start" to the New School Year

An innovative summer program with an emphasis on safety will provide a "jump start" to the new school year. …

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Free Summer Meals for Kids

Dedicated Buncombe County School Nutrition staff are continuing to provide healthy meals at no cost to families during the su …

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North Buncombe’s Family, Career, and Community Leaders

Three North Buncombe educators will be recognized for excellence at this year’s virtual FCCLA national conference. …

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MinecraftEDU June Winners Design Space Stations

Congratulations to the innovative and imaginative BCS students who designed their own space stations for the MinecraftEDU Jun …

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Remote-Only Opportunities for the 2020-21 School Year

BCS offers families the opportunity for remote-only learning. …

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Return to Learn #1

The governor asked school systems across the state to collaborate with staff and families to develop strategies to successful …

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Cane Creek Places 3rd in National Competition

Cane Creek Middle School students Sara Barlowe, Grace Armitstead, Brady Clausen, and Trapper Alonso placed third in the natio …

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Prevention Resources

Because there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. These helpful resources highlight important practices in prevention, information about symptoms and treatment, what to do if you're sick, and more. (Estos recursos también están disponibles en Español.)

As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

PREVENTING ILLNESS
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE SICK
HOW COVID-19 SPREADS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Clean hands save lives. This video from the CDC highlights the importance of effective hand washing in preventing illness, and answers key questions about washing with hand sanitizer. (This presentation is visual only and has no sound.) You may learn more about hand washing on the CDC website.

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