2021-2022 Return to Learn

2021-2022 Return to Learn
Posted on 05/25/2021
spring schedule

The following details for fall semester were released by BCS on May 25, 2021 




Return to Full In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services Plan

Buncombe County Public Schools, 2021-2022


Buncombe County Public Schools (BCS) believes that an in-person school setting is the best place for students to learn and grow academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. For the 2021-2022 school year, BCS plans on all students kindergarten through twelfth grade attending school in-person five days per week. Pending any authorized calendar legislation from the NC General Assembly, BCS plans to only incorporate remote learning days as an option for inclement weather.

Instruction

BCS will prioritize social emotional learning for all students in addition to academic recovery and acceleration. Strategies include high quality professional development for staff, increased use of assessment data to guide instruction, research-based core instruction, and tiered systems of support for interventions.

School Meals

The USDA has announced that all students will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost for the 2021/2022 school year. Meals will be provided at school and curbside, serving all students. Buncombe Afterschool Meals (At Risk Supper Program) will also be available to students involved in afterschool enrichment programs. Free and reduced meal program applications will be available for families to complete to qualify for other important services.

Transportation


BCS looks forward to working with our schools and communities to offer school transportation to our students. In conjunction with guidance from DPI and NCDHHS we will provide a safe, economic, and efficient method of bus transportation.

Sanitation

BCS will continue safety and sanitation protocols throughout our buildings for 2021-2022 and will follow NCDHHS guidance regarding school sanitation.

Support Staff

BCS will continue to partner with MAHEC school nurses, community agency mental health providers, and United Way agencies to improve services and support for families and students. Counselors, social workers, mental health and other specialized staff will be available to support our students as we return to school after COVID. Evidence-based interventions will be implemented to ensure equitable access to high quality instruction and social emotional services for all students to maximize recovery from COVID related isolation and remote learning.

Technology

BCS plans to continue providing iPads to all K-2 students and Windows 2-in-1 touchscreens to all 3-13 students and will maximize the use of funds by continuing to repair accidentally damaged devices at no cost to the family. We will also continue our successful homework hotspots program this fall to provide any student without adequate Internet at home a cellular hotspot, as well as continue to work with our community partners to try to expand access to high speed broadband (minimum 25Mbps Internet service with 70ms or less of latency) in underserved/unserved areas of the county. We will also continue to provide Help Desk services in multiple languages and introduce a new ticket and inventory system from OnetoOnePlus.com.

We plan to renew Seesaw and Zoom and to add licenses for ScreenCastify Pro Record & Edit for K-12, Kami (Interactive PDF, etc.) for 3-13, and Adobe Creative Cloud for 9-13 to support blended learning and creativity. Importantly, we will also transition from six Digital Learning Facilitators to twelve Blended Learning Coaches to provide support and Professional Development to teachers as they apply lessons learned from their individual digital learning plans and a year of remote/hybrid learning to create blended learning lessons.

We also intend to implement a new Student Data Warehouse to help us track the impact of the measures and interventions we take to address learning loss as well as social and emotional learning. 

Buncombe County Virtual Academy

BCS plans to expand the successful Buncombe County Schools Virtual Academy (BCSVA) that began in 2018/2019 to accommodate more 6-12 students and introduce K-5 enrollment options. BCSVA serves as a long-term solution for families, including homeschool families, who choose to learn away from a traditional campus, while leveraging the resources of Buncombe County Schools at no cost to the family. Licensed BCS teachers and support staff who have a commitment to this unique learning environment form the core of BCSVA and will help to ensure that students have the best chance to succeed academically and feel connected to a community of learners in this new frontier. Our students also have access to courses from North Carolina Virtual Public Schools (NCVPS), North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), and community college courses from A-B Tech.

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funding

BCS plans to use federal funding in various ways to combat the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its effects on the overall school environment. Use of these federal funds will include efforts to increase academic achievement and learning recovery; resources for instruction; additional mental, social, and emotional support for students; support for special populations; and measures to mitigate and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Public Comment Period

The public comment period for the federal ESSER funding will follow May 25, 2021 through June 25, 2021. 

Public Comment Form