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Wondering How The Winter Weather Will Impact ACS?

January 7, 2021

Good Afternoon Students, Staff and Families.  This is Ashley-Michelle Thublin, Executive Director of Communications, with a winter weather update. 

We have continued to review the latest models from the National Weather Service.    Buncombe County is currently under a Winter Storm Watch and is expected to receive around three inches of snow and sleet between late this evening and tomorrow.  

Luckily, much of our staff is already working from home.  Therefore, tomorrow, Friday, January 8th will be a normal remote learning day for middle and high school students, and elementary students will have their previously scheduled asynchronous learning day.   As a reminder, should your home lose electricity, please know your child will be able to complete their lessons over the next week.  

Essential staff members currently reporting to their assigned location should use their best judgment when deciding to come in.  If you have any questions or concerns about working remotely, please work with your principal or supervisor directly.  Remember, your safety always comes first.  However, should you wish to come in, please report no earlier than 10:00 AM.  

Additionally, please know that all on-campus extracurricular activities, games, practices and events scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, January 8th have also been cancelled. 

We will continue to monitor the weather throughout this evening, tomorrow and over the weekend.  

In the event of further changes, we will alert local media outlets as well as post delays and cancellation notifications on our district website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram page. 

Once again, tomorrow, Friday, January 8th will be a normal remote learning day for middle and high school students, and elementary students will have their previously scheduled asynchronous learning day.  Should an essential staff member choose to report to their assigned school or building, they should do so no earlier than 10:00 AM. 

Have a great evening Cougar Family, and please, be safe!  


January 6, 2021 

Good Afternoon Students, Staff and Families.  This is Ashley-Michelle Thublin, Executive Director of Communications, with a winter weather update. 

Our staff have been looking at the most up-to-date models from the National Weather Service and are well aware that two to three inches of snow are expected in Asheville this Thursday evening through Friday morning.  

School Nutrition:

Therefore, due to the predicted winter weather, our School Nutrition Department will be serving both a hot meal and their weekend meal packs TOMORROW, Thursday, January 7th.  This is earlier in the week than usual.  However, our staff wants to ensure all families have access to grab-and-go meals at absolutely no cost.  If weather patterns change and we are able to serve on Friday, it will be a traditional hot meal. 

Friday’s Learning:

Luckily, much of our staff are already working from home, so, at this time, we anticipate middle and high school students will have a normal remote learning day, and elementary students will have their previously scheduled asynchronous learning day on Friday, January 8th.  

Knowing that we live in the mountains and power lines frequently go down during winter weather, please know that should your home lose electricity, students will be able to complete their lessons over the next week.  

Keeping with our current schedule means we won’t have to make up the missed day, take away a Staff Work Day, Spring Break or extend our school year. 

Essential Staff Members:

To our essential staff members currently reporting to their assigned locations, we understand that many of you drive into the district for work each day and know that just because one part of Asheville is clear doesn’t mean your route to work is as well.  Therefore, please be safe and use your best judgment when deciding whether or not to come in this Friday.  Your safety always comes first.

Please know we will continue to monitor the weather both throughout this evening and tomorrow and will be in further communication with you.  As you know, winter weather is often unpredictable; however, our hope is to keep you informed and share timely updates based on the information we currently have.