Asheville City Schools will remain all virtual for at least another three to four weeks.
Superintendent Gene Freeman said safety is still a top priority for staff and students.
"The academics they’re going to be behind, but if the one thing we can say is that nobody died getting out of this," Freeman said.
Freeman told the school board he couldn't recommend bringing students back with the way COVID-19 numbers look right now.
"The numbers across Europe are going up. We’re getting into flu season, which means there’s going to be some confusion about what’s COVID and what’s flu," Freeman said.