Ashe County Schools Update for Friday, April 24th

Statement from State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis on School Closure Decision
April 24, 2020
COVID-19 Testing Numbers for Alleghany, Ashe and Watauga Counties
April 24, 2020
Ashe County Schools Update for Friday, April 24th



Hello again!  It’s Friday—where did the week go?  Hope you have a great weekend even though it’s supposed to rain.  Maybe there will be sunshine mixed in between showers. 

Day 14 of required instruction.  I’m sure you’ve heard that Governor Cooper announced this afternoon that public schools will remain closed for normal operations for the remainder of the school year.  Therefore, school administrators have prepared an addendum to adjust our remote learning methods.  The addendum can be found on the school system’s website or your school website. This is a working document intended to help teachers and staff better meet the needs of our students and parents, while at the same time keeping in mind that those at home in our community are dealing with remote learning in their own way.  The final grading guidance approved by the State Board of Education and a one-page FAQ on grading and student promotion is also included in the addendum—just click on the appropriate link.  Please read these documents closely.  Again, reach out to your teacher, school principal or district administrator if you have any questions.


Day 23 for CN—1813 breakfast and 1813 lunch meals were prepared and delivered today.   Thank you to everyone who makes this happen on a daily basis.

Are you ready for the answer to yesterday’s riddle?  (What goes up and down but never moves?)   How many said stairsteps?  If you did, then you got it right!!

Today’s riddle.  I have branches, but no fruit, trunk or leaves.  What am I?  We’ll find out on Monday!!


We’ll end our fun facts about polar bears today. Canada is home to about 2/3 of the polar bear population.  Churchill, a small town in Manitoba, Canada on the shores of the Hudson Bay, is known as the polar bear capital of the world.  Hundreds of polar bears pass through on their way to their icy hunting grounds.  The locals have adopted unique ways of living with the hungry bears.  Many don’t lock their doors in case someone running away from the bear can duck into a doorway. Halloween falls right in the middle of polar bear season, so safety officials stay on patrol.  Kids aren’t allowed to wear anything white!  Churchill also runs a polar bear jail.  The compound can hold up to 30 bears and is meant to keep bears that are aggressive or persistently return to the community.  When the bay freezes, the bears are transported by helicopter or vehicle onto the ice.  The bears then resume their normal winter hunting routine.  Polar bears are fascinating animals, so I encourage everyone to do research to learn more about these amazing animals.  We’ll learn about a new animal next week.

Parents and Students—enjoy the weekend.  Put school on the back burner, relax and just have some fun in the rain while practicing all the safety measures for the coronavirus.  We’ll get back together on Monday.  Good night—sleep well everyone!