May 16: Optional Teacher Work Day
May 16: Optional Teacher Work Day
Posted on 05/11/2018
Asheville Skyline on May 11, 2018.Translations: Spanish and Russian.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2018

(Asheville, NC) -- On Wednesday, May 16, a number of Buncombe County Schools (BCS) teachers have chosen to travel to Raleigh to participate in the public schools advocacy day. Based on the fact that only 50 percent of these classroom vacancies across the district have been filled, May 16 will become an Optional Teacher Work Day.

"We respect and value our teachers' commitment to advocating for education. Closing any of our schools is a complex decision," said Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin. "Central to the many considerations is a significant concern for students across the district that depend daily upon our classrooms for quality instruction and cafeterias for nutritious meals. Ultimately, this solution was based on a primary concern for safety and security of all students in an environment where adequate supervision could not be assured."

Child Care
Similar to inclement weather days when the district is forced to close, the YMCA will be offering child care options on May 16 at a school site within each of our six school districts. These locations include W.D. Williams Elementary, Haw Creek Elementary, Sand Hill-Venable Elementary, Charles T. Koontz Intermediate, West Buncombe Elementary, and Weaverville Elementary. Child care hours are 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and children must arrive at the YMCA site no later than 9 a.m.

Families of children who are not already registered with the YMCA should do one of the following to register their child to attend one of the district YMCA sites on May 16:
• Register online at ymcawnc.org.
• Call the YMCA Business office at 828-251-5910. (Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Students must be registered before May 16 in order to attend. All students who attend the YMCA program will have breakfast and lunch at no cost and the registration fee will be waived.

Making Up Instructional Hours
Regarding the make-up of lost instructional time at this crucial stage of the school year, Buncombe County Schools will be adding an additional 20 minutes to the end of the school day from May 21 - 25.

Advanced Placement Testing
Advanced Placement testing will be administered as scheduled by each high school on May 16. 

School Meals
On May 16, breakfast and lunch meals will be available at no cost to any BCS student at all school campuses throughout the county, with the exception of Buncombe County Early College, Buncombe County Middle College, Martin L. Nesbitt, Jr. Discovery Academy, and Community High School.

Breakfast will be served from 8 - 9 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Breakfast Menu:
Sausage Pancake on a Stick
Super Stars
Appleway Oatmeal Bar
Crunchmania
Fresh Fruit
Fruit Juice
Assorted Cereals
Assorted Milk

Lunch Menu:
Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Cheeseburger
Strawberry or Peach Frozen Fruit Cup
Garden Salad with Dressing
Sweet Potato Fries
Fresh Fruit
Fruit Juice 
Assorted Milk

Thank you for your patience throughout this decision making process.

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