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Asheville City Schools' Return to Learn Updates

July 9, 2020

Good Afternoon Students, Staff and Families.  This is Dr. Gene with an update about our district’s return to learn plan. 

Like school districts across the state, Asheville City Schools is awaiting Governor Cooper's guidance as to what a safe return to school will look like this fall. 

As you know from previous communications, if Governor Cooper selects Option B, our current plan is for students in Kindergarten - 6th Grade to return to school, alternating weekly face-to-face instruction with remote learning.  Students in 7th - 12th Grade will complete all work remotely.  

Although there are still many unknowns, our district is gathering more information from our rising Kindergarten - 6th Grade families if Plan B is selected. 

Therefore, please take a few minutes and complete this short survey to indicate whether your family plans to send your children to school, or if you would like to utilize 100% remote learning if schools are operating in a face-to-face setting.  Please know that parents who select the 100% remote learning option for their child are asked to commit to full-time, remote learning through December 2020.  

The survey will close next Wednesday, July 15th. 

Thank you for your continued support of Asheville City Schools, and should your family have any questions about our survey, please call (828) 350-6120. 

June 25, 2020

Good Afternoon Students, Staff and Families.  This is Dr. Gene with an update about our district’s return-to-school plans. 

As you may know, Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will determine how our schools can safely reopen on or before next Wednesday, July 1st.  Like school districts across North Carolina, Asheville City Schools is closely monitoring our state and county’s COVID-19 metrics and is anxiously awaiting further guidance as to what this fall may look like. 

At this time, Governor Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have released interim guidance, which includes three plans.  Based on state and regional COVID-19 metrics, they will recommend which plan Asheville City Schools should utilize. 

  • Plan A is the least restrictive reopening model and requires minimal social distancing.  It most closely resembles a traditional start to school. 
  • Plan B adds additional restrictions for social distancing and explains that no more than half a school’s student body can report on any given day. On the days that a student did not report to school, they would utilize remote learning.  
  • Plan C suspends all in-person instruction, meaning our district would continue to utilize  remote learning for all students.  As coronavirus numbers continue to increase across the state, we cannot downplay the possibility of having a complete virtual model. 

Although we still have another week before the governor finalizes his recommendations, I wanted to keep you as informed as possible and let you know the scenarios our Reopening Task Force are currently working through.  

Please know that these scenarios were created based on the feedback of the more than 700 families who completed our latest at-home learning survey.  Thank you for your invaluable feedback!  

Additionally, these plans are contingent upon input from the Asheville City Board of Education who is meeting on Tuesday, June 30th. 

Return to School Plan

 Additionally, please know that I hear and understand that many of our families are concerned about an in-person return to school with so many unknowns about COVID-19.  Therefore, should Governor Cooper decide our district should utilize Plan A or Plan B, I am committed to offering a virtual option for any student who wishes to complete all their assignments from home.  As you begin to decide what is best for your child and family, please know that should he select Plan A or Plan B, our principals will be sending more information and a survey asking how your child will complete instruction this fall. 

I fully understand that no plan is perfect; however, I can tell you that my number one priority is keeping our students and staff members safe.  My second is redesigning our current structures for teaching, learning and operations.  Hearing your feedback, please know that the Reopening Task Force is creating consistent expectations across our schools to ensure our return will be as smooth as possible, regardless of which plan is selected.  

Have a wonderful evening, and thank you for your continued support of Asheville City Schools.