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Why did Buncombe County Schools keep high schoolers home?

Buncombe County Schools students headed back to classrooms
The Buncombe County Schools Board of Education voted Thursday to move high school students to Plan B on Oct 19. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

News 13's investigative team is working to answer your questions about the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on Western North Carolina.

"Why did Buncombe County Schools decide to keep high schoolers in remote learning?" a viewer asked News 13’s I-Team Coronavirus Help Desk.

In September, the board of education voted 4-3 to keep high schoolers at home when kindergarten through eighth grade students returned to the classroom.

One board member said younger students struggling with technology needed to be back in school first.

But, just last week, the board voted to give all students the option to return on Oct. 19. That means high schoolers will be included in Plan B, a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning.

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