Virtual Updates And Information

Virtual Updates and Information
Posted on 03/30/2020

As the Covid-19 concern continues, all student activities have been cancelled at this time.  When student, parent, and community activities are allowed to resume, our calendar will reflect the dates and times of these activies.  Please continue to check our calendar for these updates.

Please follow the 2 links below for additional information about our county wide student meal programs and the BCS Covid-19 Repsonse regarding virtual school day information and technology support.

And, as always, we are here for you if you need anything at all, please feel free to call or email.  We will help you as best as we can.  Take Care, Stay Safe, and Stay Home!

Meals & More
COVID-19: Meals & More

Translation available in Spanish and Russian (PDF).

We're here to help. As our community and world navigates the coronavirus situation, we're committed to doing our part to help provide needed meals to students.

Our Buncombe County Schools meal sites are below. Across North Carolina, you can find student meal sites near you through an interactive map, or simply text ‘FOODNC’ to 877-877.

Parents can also call 2-1-1 to speak with an operator who will help them locate meal sites in their community. The 2-1-1 service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided in English, Spanish and many other languages.

Have a no-cost meal resource to share?
Email to suggest a resource.

Buncombe County Schools Breakfast/Lunch
BCS is working hard to keep all children fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.Buncombe County Schools is currently serving breakfast from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays to anyone 2-18 years of age at the following locations. (Weekend meals will be distributed on Fridays during lunch times at all sites.) Please check this page for updated information.

• Barnardsville Elementary
• Black Mountain Primary
• Charles D. Owen High
• Emma Elementary
• Haw Creek Elementary
• Hominy Valley Elementary
• Johnston Elementary
• North Windy Ridge Intermediate
• Oakley Elementary
• W.W. Estes Elementary
• Weaverville Elementary
• West Buncombe Elementary
• Woodfin Elementary

In addition to our school meal sites, Buncombe County schools are delivering meals to high population areas of our community for children 2-18 years of age. Call 828-255-5932 to let us know about the needs in your area. (Please note, you must be in an area eligible for this service.)

*No identification is necessary to receive a meal.

YMCA Meals
The YMCA continues to host regular no-cost mobile produce markets, using pre-packed bags to prevent any additional exposure/contact. Additionally, weekend meals will be served on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Ferguson YMCA (31 Westridge Market Place, Candler, NC 28715).

Bounty & Soul
 (Black Mountain)
Bounty & Soul will be hosting drive-thru pick up sites for participants to collect pre-made healthy food boxes. Sites are open on Tuesdays at the St. James Episcopal Church (424 W State St, Black Mountain, NC 28711) parking lot from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fridays at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church (117 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711) parking lot from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Guests are asked not to arrive earlier than the scheduled times.

Local Restaurants
A list of local restaurants offering free meals for school-aged children is being maintained by Family Friendly Asheville.
COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. 
As we work together to navigate this unprecedented time in our community and world, know that our schools continue to monitor the coronavirus situation while proactively cooperating with Buncombe County Health and Human Services, the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Here you'll find the latest district updates, parent resourcesmeal informationhow to help (or find assistance) through donations and volunteering, and more to stay informed about our response to coronavirus in Buncombe County Schools. Our county's primary source of health information can be found at the Buncombe Ready website.

Virtual Days
We're committed to preparing students for their tomorrow.Virtual Days started on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Our school campuses may be temporarily closed, but Buncombe County Schools' Virtual Days allow learning to continue! Our teachers diligently prepared lessons that help students remain connected to our curriculum and their classmates virtually. Visit for more information.

Don't have internet at home?
Parents of children who currently do not have Internet access at home may request a Homework Hotspot for connecting their child's BCS 1:1 device to the Internet.

Starting March 16, 2020, Charter Spectrum is offering non-Charter Spectrum Internet customers with K-12/College students in the household 60 days of free broadband service. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395, or learn more here. (Installation fees will be waived for new student households.)

Need assistance?
Our technology Help Desk is currently open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays. (A Spanish-speaking technician is available each day from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Learn more about contacting our Help Desk.

District Coronavirus Updates
As we closely monitor the coronavirus situation, we're committed to bringing you the latest information that impacts our students, teachers, and schools. Our Top Stories news feed will contain our most recent Health Advisories and announcements.

Prevention Resources
Because there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed. These helpful resources highlight important practices in prevention, information about symptoms and treatment, what to do if you're sick, and more. (Estos recursos también están disponibles en Español.)

As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.