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Buncombe County Schools is suspending all out-of-state travel in response to the coronavirus, the district announced late on March 10.
Superintendent Tony Baldwin said in an announcement that went out to district families at 7 p.m. that the decision applies to all student and staff trips “until further notice.” For now, in-state trips will continue, though principals may alter or cancel plans as warranted, the announcement said. It added that refunds would be dealt with at a later time.
“The safety and well-being of all our students and staff is always a primary concern, and we have been monitoring this issue closely in consultation with Buncombe County health officials,” Baldwin said.
NC declares state of emergency
The announcement, which followed a meeting of district leadership and the BCS school board, came the same day Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency.
That declaration allows the state government to protect consumers from price gouging, increases county health departments’ access to state funds and makes it easier to purchase essential medical supplies, according to a state news release.
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