Resources

Working together is what we do. In this uncertain time, we're encouraged to see a number of organizations, businesses, and community members stepping forward to make a difference and provide resources for families and students. Here are a number of those resources in one location.

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If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 (fever and cough or difficulty breathing), please call your healthcare provider for evaluation. If you do not have a healthcare provider, please call a local urgent care or Buncombe County Public Health at 828-250-5300. Please do not call 9-1-1 to request testing for COVID-19, and please do not go to the emergency department unless you are seriously ill and require emergency care.

COVID-19/Coronavirus Prevention, Assistance, and Information
• Buncombe Ready -
This website is hosted by Buncombe County Health and Human Services and includes a COVID-19 Self Checker tool.
• Center for Disease Control (CDC)
• NC211.org 
(or Call 2-1-1 in North Carolina) - NC 2-1-1 is a resource for people to call for assistance related to coronavirus hardships. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing an emergency.
• NC Dept. of Public Instruction 
- NCDPI's COVID-19 response information and FAQ
• State of North Carolina 
(N.C. Dept. of Health of Human Services)

Parenting Resources
• Helping Your Child in a Remote School World:
Tips from the BCS Curriculum Dept.
• NC Remote Learning Parent and Caretaker Resources
 (NC Dept. of Public Instructions)
 Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A parent source 
(National Assoc. of School Psychologists)
 How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus 
(PBS Kids)

Community/Volunteering
• Hands On Asheville 
- Local volunteers can find projects needing assistance through HandsOnAsheville.org.
 Buncombe County School Youth in Transition Coordinator - 
Do you have a neighbor, friend, family member that are unable to get to our meal sites or bus locations due to lack of transportation? Do you need extra help with food boxes, school supplies, hygiene supplies, diapers, wipes, or laundry detergent, due to financial hardship? Please call 828-225-4768 to ask for assistance, between the hours of 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
• One Buncombe 
- Local government and business leaders have collaborated to start the One Buncombe relief fund.

Educational Resources for Home
• American Chemistry Society 
- For a limited time, the American Association of Chemistry Teachers is unlocking selected chemistry education resources for elementary through high school students.
• Asheville Art Museum 'Museum From Home' 
- The local museum can now be explored virtually from home, and includes projects for kids including coloring sheets, note cards, an 'I Spy' game, and more.
• Asheville Museum of Science
 - AMOS' Daily Science resources bring science-related material you can use at home.
• Buncombe County Library System 
- Through the Virtual Library, Buncombe residents may download digital books to read at home. Some books require a library card, which community members may request via email at library@buncombecounty.org. BCS students may use the Sora application on their devices with their student number to check out books locally and from the North Carolina public library.
• ecoExplore 
- Developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, this innovative pilot program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science.
• PBS Educational Activities
 - PBS offers more than 2,100 educational activities ranging from hands-on crafts and experiments to printable coloring pages and online games.
• Lakeshore Learning
 - More than 1,000 free resources for the classroom and home are available through Lakeshore.
• Museums of the City of Paris 
- Art students will we thrilled to learn that Paris Musées is offering as Open Content (i.e. making available without charge and without restrictions) 150,000 digital reproductions in High Definition of works in the City’s museums.
• NASA 'Materials for the Classroom'
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration offers STEM resources for students and educators. The site also includes a glossary of topics from robotics to astronomy.
• National Park Service -
The NPS provides a multimedia gallery highlighting some of the most beautiful places in our country, including photos, videos, podcasts, webcams, and more.
• Nightly Metropolitan Opera Streams -
Throughout the coronavirus closure of The Met, nightly 7:30 p.m. performance streams will be provided at metopera.org according to their press releaseThe Met also offers these educator guides and classroom resources.
• Scholastic 'Learn at Home'
 - Scholastic is offering day-by-day projects to keep kids of all ages reading, thinking, and growing.
• U.S. Department of Education 
- These parent resources include tips for parents from homework help to encouraging reading, with resources for parents with preschoolers through adolescents.
• YMCA 360 On-Demand
 - Free streamed workouts from the YMCA can help keep kids (and parents!) active at home.