Area Schools Make Adjustments Due to COVID

Both Avery and Madison County School Systems have made adjustments to their learning schedules due to the coronavirus. On Friday, October 16th  Avery County Schools announced a positive COVID-19 case in a teacher at Crossnore Elementary School. According to, Dr. Dan Brigman, Superintendent of Avery County Schools, masks were worn consistently by all staff and students. All students in the classroom were placed on remote learning to allow a quarantine period through Thursday, October 29th. Students in this classroom will return to in-class instruction on Friday, October 30.

All schools, including Crossnore Elementary, have been deep cleaned, and the Avery School System will continue to follow safety protocols to ensure a safe learning environment is maintained.

Madison County Schools switched to remote learning Monday, October 19 through Thursday, October 22 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases within Madison County  Superintendent Will Hoffman said, “This unfortunate increase in positive cases have been linked to events outside of school, but from those positive cases, the disease has found its way into our schools, nursing homes, extracurricular activities, weekend sports games and the community in general.”

Yancey and Mitchell schools are continuing on a mixed schedule of in class and remote learning.