Although the spread of COVID-19 appears to have started in China, it is important to remember that the coronavirus infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Here in Asheville City Schools, we will not make assumptions about a student’s or staff member’s risk of illness based on any of these factors. Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy.
The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 as we prepare for what a return to school will look like in Fall 2020.
Asheville City Schools has developed a re-entry planning guidebook for parents, staff and community members to help address questions about the opening and operation of schools this fall. On July 14th, Governor Roy Cooper as well as state health and education officials outlined statewide plans for reopening. In our Asheville City Schools Return to Learn Plan you’ll find information, expectations and policies specific to our district.
Additionally, please know we are and will continue to adhere to guidance from Buncombe County Health and Human Services, the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are closely monitoring updates, as guidance is changing frequently due to local and global developments.
State health and education officials have shared a number of documents and guides that detail the protective procedures that will be in place in schools across the state this fall. You may view a list of relevant resources below.