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Buncombe County Schools will consider amending re-entry plan during special-called meeting

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Almost one week after approving a re-entry plan for students, the Buncombe County Board of Education will be meeting to consider amending that plan.

A meeting notice sent out by the school district on Monday says the special-called meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Minitorium at 175 Bingham Road in Asheville.

The public will not be allowed to attend the meeting in-person due to "current health emergency directives" amid the ongoing pandemic, and no public comment will be heard due to BCS Board Policy #2310, the online notice states.

The meeting will be broadcasted live on YouTube and shared after the session as well at this link here.

BCS Board Policy #2310 below:

BOARD APPROVES RE-ENTRY PLAN FOR BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS

The school board's previous Thursday night meeting held a wide range of emotions from parents and teachers, several speaking out against virtual learning.

“All children in public schools are entitled to equal educational opportunity. We are providing anything but an equal opportunity,” one teacher said at the Sept. 10 meeting.

HOW MANY BUNCOMBE COUNTY STUDENTS CHOSE ALL VIRTUAL SCHOOL?

Board members ultimately decided to bring back all K-12 students the week of Sept. 28 on an A day/B day schedule.

  • Half of the students will go on Mondays and Tuesdays. The other half will go on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be used as a remote, independent instruction day.

On Tuesday, Stacia Harris, the director of communications for Buncombe County Schools, told News 13 the district has set up 2,000 homework hotspots for students without internet access. In an email, she said the school system is aware of 20 to 30 families who don't live close enough to a cell tower in order to use a hotspot.

"We are working with several community partners to find alternate internet sources for them," Harris wrote in an email. "In the meantime, these students are still learning and doing schoolwork; BCS staff is distributing and collecting homework in paper packets or on thumb drives."



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