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Asheville schools to resume classes with remote model
Saturday, 01 August 2020 15:05

From Staff Reports

Asheville City Schools’ officials announced on July 23 that they will begin the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 17 with at-home, remote learning for at least nine weeks for K-12 grades, according to a news release.

Originally, ACS had planned to have K-sixth grades return to school on a rotating basis, with half meeting in-person one week while the other half learns remotely. Every week, the two groups would switch. Seventh-12th grades were set to complete all work remotely.

“According to Buncombe County Health and Human Services, our county’s COVID-19 numbers continue to accelerate,” ACS spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin wrote in a press release. “Therefore, we believe it’s imperative to have a slower reopening that allows us to carefully plan and maintain safety protocols for all campuses.”

Meanwhile, the Asheville Citizen TImes reported on July 23 that “more than 150 ACS K-sixth grade teachers signed a petition presented to the school board on July 23 which said they would not return to work under Plan B.

“‘This is what we were hoping for,” Susanna Cerrato, a third-grade teacher at Ira B. Jones who was recently named the ACS teacher of the year and helped write the petition, was quoted as saying by the ACT. 

“We felt powerful anxiety going back, and this was the best way to give teachers an actual voice in these decisions. Prior to yesterday, teachers were not included in the decision making process.”

The ACT story added, “Cerrato said ACS teachers are satisfied with the school board’s decision, but there are still details of virtual learning that put them in ‘a difficult spot.’ Cerrato said teachers will still have to work from school full-time despite students learning from home.”

Further Cerrato told the ACT, “As of right now, we are happy to show up to work, but we are still hoping to find some flexibility going forward. Having to work from school puts some teachers in a difficult spot when it comes to their health and child care. There are still things that need to be figured out.”

School officials also noted that additional information — including a schedule for Plan C and virtual registration — will be released on the last week of July.

 



 


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