On July 24, in response to the continued upward trend in the spread of COVID-19 throughout North Carolina, and in our western region, the Board of Directors determined that the school will open under Plan C, with all students learning remotely, for the 1st four weeks of the school year. The Board also established public health metrics that will determine when the school can transition to Plan B. You can read more about the Board’s decision in the July 24 Update on Reopening.
If you missed our Plan C Parent Orientation – you can find the slides and the recording here!
We all want our students to return to school as soon as it is safe for them, our staff, and our community. Let’s all do our part to bring our students back to school! Wear your mask and keep your distance from others, and let’s turn this curve around.
We invite you to read our Blueprint for Reopening, as well as our Remote Instruction Plan. These documents will provide you with detailed information on the steps we are taking to ensure a safe return to school. The Blueprint for Reopening provides a comprehensive overview of how we are preparing for the school year, including the health and safety provisions, what instruction will look like, how we are responding to the social and emotional needs of students and staff, and the extracurricular activities and clubs that will resume this fall. The Remote Instruction Plan describes how our program will operate when we are open under “Plan C”, fully remote learning for all students. This plan was developed in compliance with state guidelines, for submission to the State Board of Education.
If you are opting for the fully remote learning for your student OR you will require afterschool care for your student, please complete this survey to let us know your plans and needs. You do not need to complete this survey if it does not apply to your student.
The links below connect you to the Department of Public Instruction’s school reopening guidance and the Department of Health and Human Services health guidelines for schools.
- “Lighting the Way” Guidebook for Reopening Schools
- StrongSchools NC Public Schools Toolkit
- Strong Schools NC Public Schools Toolkit – Spanish
This is a developing situation, and we encourage you to check this page frequently for updates and for support.
- On Friday, March 27th, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that parents who need food help can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. For more information on this program visit HERE
- We currently have pantry items available for pickup in the foyer of the school (no contact needed) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00am to 11:00am. Families who wish to donate food items may bring pantry items during these hours.
- Buncombe County Schools has drive-thru food pick-up stations for breakfast and lunch at select locations. Children between ages 2 to 18 can participate, and extra food boxes for the elderly and other adults in households can also be provided. Breakfast is 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Currently the food station locations are as follows: Oakley Elementary, Johnston Elementary, Emma Elementary, West Buncombe Elementary, Woodfin Elementary, Hominy Valley Elementary, Pisgah Elementary, Owen High School, Black Mountain Primary, Weaverville Elementary, North Windy Ridge Intermediate, and Estes Elementary.
- You can find meals and food available in Buncombe and surrounding counties at this link.
If you need support, the following resources are available:
- Hope4NC Helpline: 1-855-587-3463. Resources for resilience and mental health
- Optum Helpline: 1-866-342-6892. 24/7 emotional support helpline for people experiencing stress or anxiety.
- National Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990. 24/7 crisis counseling and emotional support
- Hopeline: 1-919-231-4525 or 1-877-235-4525. 24/7 emotional support
- NC Drug and Alcohol Counsel: 1-800-688-4232 or text 919-908-3196. 24/7 hotline for drug/alcohol addiction
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK. Free & confidential support 24/7
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
- Looking for ways to help other members of our FSI Community? Click here for more information!
- How to support Greater Community during this Pandemic
- 2-1-1 Is now available 24/7 as a resource for assistance related to COVID-19. Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to resources in your community and text COVIDNC to 898211 to get alerts on North Carolina’s COVID-19 updates.
- Buncombe County Resources
- Asheville Chamber Resource Guide
- Haywood County Resources
We understand that this is a stressful time, and our counselors are available to support students and families through this period.
- Middle School: Bryan Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information about virtual counseling services.
- High School: Katherine Becker, email@example.com. Click here for more information about virtual counseling service.
- College & Career Counseling: JaneAnne Tager, firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Tager is offering virtual counseling appointments for college counseling and supporting students with course selections and other academic services.
- Having technical problems? Please read the Technical Support for Digital Learning. You can submit a help ticket here also!
Not sure who to ask?
- There is a lot of information out there, and it can get really confusing. If you’re not sure who to ask a question or where to find information, please email Drew Fowler at email@example.com and he can help you or find someone who can.