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Mission Statement

The mission of Burke County Public Schools is to educate diverse learners, nurture their potentials, and empower them to be competitive, successful, and productive citizens.

Vision Statement 

BCPS, a world-class model of exemplary education, inspires students to be life-long learners who can compete successfully on the global stage and contribute to their community as productive citizens

District News

  • BOE Profile: Seth P. Hunt Jr. Burke County Public Schools’ newest Board of Education member has occupied his seat for six months now and said it didn’t take him long to understand that this board ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 5:42 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Board of Education Meeting on Monday June 12, 2017 The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday June 12, 2017 at 6pm. The meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive Hill Resource ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2017, 2:23 PM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • LMS students make their own fidget spinners Students at Liberty Middle School are getting into the latest fad: fidget spinners. But instead of just fidgeting with and endlessly spinning these hand-held toys, the students are actually ...
    Posted May 31, 2017, 10:51 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Board of Education Public Notice The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM.  The meeting will be held in the Olive Hill Room at the Olive ...
    Posted May 19, 2017, 1:54 PM by Melanie Honeycutt
  • Sunrise readers form club at Forest Hill Elementary Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning at Forest Hill Elementary School you’ll find a group of students who enjoy arriving at school early to read together. English Language Learners ...
    Posted May 17, 2017, 5:53 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Icard Elementary wins walking challenge Burke County Public Schools nurses challenged employees to get moving and “walk across America,” and 354 employees accepted the challenge. The employees recorded their steps each week Feb. 1 through ...
    Posted May 17, 2017, 5:51 AM by Cheryl Shuffler
  • Public Notice: The Burke County Board of Education Public Notice:  The Burke County Board of Education will meet on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:00 PM.   The Burke County Board of Education will have a work session ...
    Posted May 13, 2017, 7:32 AM by Melanie Honeycutt
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Please take our survey
    At Burke County Public Schools, we host nearly a dozen academic competitions each school year. We are in the process of evaluating each competition and want to hear from parents and the community about which ones you think are relevant. In our quest to educate diverse, life-long learners and to prepare them for the workforce, we want to ensure our competitions are meaningful, fit in with the digital age and relate to current curriculum. Thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy schedule to complete our short survey.

BCPS Digital Teaching and LearningConference Patton High School

On August 14​, 2017 Burke County Public Schools will host our ​fourth annual Digital Teaching and Learning Conference. The conference this year will be at Robert L. Patton High School.  

The purpose of the conference is to provide an opportunity for teachers, media coordinators, instructional support personnel, and administrators to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow in their professional development.  

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker will be Abbey Futrell, @AbbeyFutrell.  Abbey is a Digital InnovationCoach with the Friday Institute at N.C. State University.   


Summer Feeding Program starts June 12
Burke County Public Schools Child Nutrition Program will operate the Summer Food Service Program at Valdese Elementary School and WA Young Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, June 12 - Aug. 17. All children ages 1 to 18 years will eat for free. Sites will be closed on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. Please contact the Burke County Public Schools Child Nutrition Office at 828-439-4318 for more information.

Check out our Strategic Plan!

The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) is a working partnership between the schools and the community to help BCPS students grow into healthy and productive adults by focusing on the whole school, whole community, whole child model, understanding that health and academic success go hand in hand.  Each month SHAC will be bringing you a topic of the month.

 Keep Your Family Safe All Summer Long

Summer is a time for vacations, cookouts and outdoor activities, but it also brings weather-related dangers and injuries. Protect your family and enjoy the season with these summer safety tips.

Children and Cars – Heatstroke

One of the biggest summer dangers for children is heatstroke. On average, every eight days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle.

Usually, these are tragic accidents occur when there is a variation in the normal routine: an extra stop on the way to daycare or a different person taking a child to school.

Children become overheated three to five times faster than adults. In the summer, parents should stay vigilant to avoid tragedy and follow these heatstroke safety rules:

  • Never leave a child alone in a car – not even for something like a quick stop inside a convenience store. Be aware that car temperatures can quickly increase by 20 to 30 degrees within 15 minutes.

  • Always lock your car, especially at home. Nearly a third of the heatstroke-related car deaths are due to children getting into unlocked cars without the parent’s knowledge.

  • Remember, it doesn’t have to be hot for a child to become overheated in car. A child in Georgia died in a vehicle in a recorded temperature of only 58 degrees.

  • Make sure your daycare or school knows that you will call if your child is not coming in that day and in return, that they should call you if your child is not present.

  • If you see a child left in a car, call 911 immediately.

Vehicle deaths by heatstroke often get the headlines, but they are only one of the summertime safety hazards. Here are more ways to steer clear of common summer dangers:

Water Safety

Nearly half of all water deaths in North Carolina occur from June through August. For safe swimming this summer, remember:

  • Know where all the water is in your community – pools, lakes or rivers – and teach children basic water safety.

  • Always supervise children in or around any water.

  • Children over 3 years old should take swimming lessons and parents should know CPR and know how to swim.

  • Install a four-sided fence with a locking gate around all pools.

Biking & Walking Safety

Warmer weather brings out more walkers and bikers, many of them children. Adults should be mindful of this and slow down while driving, especially in areas with increased foot and bike traffic.

Other tips to remember:

  • Wear a properly fitted bike helmet.

  • Make sure kids know the rules of the road, like looking before crossing the street and biking in the direction of traffic.

  • Never cross a street or ride a bike while wearing headphones or using the phone.

Vehicle Safety

Car crashes occur more often in the summer among younger drivers because they’re out having fun without a defined destination. Parents and teens should sign a vehicle safety contract that covers the following:

  • Always wear a seatbelt.

  • No phones in the car while driving.

  • No speeding or taking any risks as a driver.

  • Be a good passenger and don’t encourage drivers to take part in risky behaviors.

  • Have a “way out” if a teen finds him or herself in a situation where a driver may have been drinking, such as at prom or a graduation party. Make sure they know they can text you for a pick-up. If they do call, don’t judge or ask too many questions, but do have a talk the next day about potential risks.

(These summer safety tips provided by Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge.)

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