During the February 15, 2021 special called meeting, the Asheville City Board of Education voted to give students the option to return to in-person under Plan B. This comes after the strong recommendation of Governor Cooper and stakeholder input. Students will also have the option of remote learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 year.We are asking families to select in-person instruction or fully remote instruction on a survey. Please complete the survey by Noon on Friday, February 19th.All families will have the option to remain fully remote for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. All students in both the in-person and fully remote options will be taught by an ACS employee. Based on student return numbers and staffing, teacher assignments may shift for both students who elect to return in-person and those who stay fully remote. While students are at-home (on/off weeks or fully remote), they will participate in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Principals will be working with their staff to determine schedules that balance the requirements of Plan B while minimizing disruption for all students to the greatest extent possible.Families who choose to stay in fully remote learning are committing to that option for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. If a family chooses to return to in-person learning but later decides that their circumstances require full remote learning, they should communicate with their school principal.Students who need bus transportation should complete a new transportation request form using the ACS Transportation Request Form.The ACS Return to In-Person Learning Overview and ACS COVID-19 Handbook includes detailed information and address questions and concerns shared in elementary, middle, and high school stakeholder meetings as well as staff surveys.We understand that the transition to Plan B will be challenging. District and school administrators are committed to supporting all students, staff, and families in this transition.
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.