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In Sickness and in Health – Keeping BCPS students well

Visits to the doctor’s office is a trip that every parent and/or guardian will have to take with their child.

Getting sick is inevitable, but Burke County Public Schools is using a program that gets students on the path to recovery quickly and efficiently. In this episode of Learn in Burke, we sit down with multiple health officials including Miranda Michaels, director of nursing for BPCS; Allison Bell, program director for Health-e-Schools; and Dr. Tonya Shuffler (DNP), a nurse practitioner with Health-e-Schools. Each of these women is involved with the telemedicine program that serves every single one of our schools.

Through the use of advanced technology, the program brings the doctor right into the school. Take a listen and hear how this program helps keep our students and employees well. We also are given tips on how to stay germ-free not only for the winter season, but all year long.

Pictured top left (from left) are MIranda Michaels, Alison Bell, Dr. Tonya Shuffler (who joined us via video chat).

Pictured bottom left is a school nurse using the telemedicine equipment during student health visit. 


Doug Setzer
Dr Larry Putnam
Dr. Bob Acord

“Weather” or not to cancel school: BCPS Inclement Weather Information

We all know what winter brings.

Snow and ice.

Some love it and some, such as Dr. Larry Putnam, Superintendent of Burke County Public Schools, do not particularly enjoy what it accumulates onto the roads.

With winter approaching quickly, in this episode we talk with Putnam, Doug Setzer, director of auxiliary services and Dr. Bob Acord, director of transportation, about how the decision is made to close school, delay the start or release early due to inclement weather. We look at what is done behind the scene days before a predicted weather storm moves in and how we partner with agencies from surrounding counties to help make the best decision to keep our students and teachers safe.

Take a listen so you will know how to sign up for school cancellation notifications!

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Pictured (from top to bottom) are Doug Setzer, Dr. Larry Putnam and Dr. Bob Acord.



GearUp Podcast

Gearing up for college – Ep. 06

In this episode of Learn in Burke: a Burke County Public Schools Podcast we prepare our students for higher education after high school with help from the Gear Up program coordinators Kim Logan and Jessica Stockham. Crucial advice is given out to parents as well!

We answer many college questions that all high school students and even those who are younger will need to know. Don’t miss this one ladies and gentlemen!

*Podcast intro and outro music by Scott Holmes Music. Pictured to the left are Jessica Stockham (left) and Kim Logan, who serve as the Gear Up Coordinators for Burke County Public Schools through the Gear Up grant.


Sam Hunt Jr.
Sam Wilkinson

All About the BOE – Seth Hunt and Sam  Wilkinson – Ep. 05

Here is the last episode in our podcast series featuring our Board of Education members Sam Wilkinson and Sam Hunt Jr. We sit down to talk about why they decided to join the Burke County Board of Education, what they hope each student is able to accomplish and much more. Take a listen!

*Podcast intro and outro music by Scott Holmes Music. Pictured are board members Sam Hunt Jr. and Sam Wilkinson.

Randy Burns
Buddy Armour
RL Icard


All About the BOE – Randy Burns, Buddy Armour, and R.L. Icard – Ep. 04

For the second podcast in our Board of Education three-part series, we talk with board members Randy Burns, R.L. Icard and Buddy Armour to learn more about them and why they have a passion for public education. Take a listen to Learn in Burke: a Burke County Public School’s Podcast!

*Podcast intro and outro music by Scott Holmes Music. Pictured are board members Randy Burns, Buddy Armour and R.L. Icard

Don Hemstreet
Edna Weller

All About the BOE – Don Hemstreet and Edna Weller –Ep. 03

In this episode of Learn in Burke, we sit down with Burke County Board of Education members Don Hemstreet and Edna Weller to learn more about them and their role in our students education. 

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They 'Made' it - Ep. 02

In this episode of Learn in Burke: a Burke County Public Schools Podcast we are on site at the recent MADE Competition at the Historic Morganton Festival. We take a peek into what students were creating for the competition and talk with their teachers about the purpose of Project Lead the Way. 

Podcast Ep. 1
Pictured from left are Felicia Simmons, Dr, Larry Putnam and Karen Auton.

A New School Year: What to Expect – Ep. 01

During our pilot episode for Learn in Burke: A Burke County Public Schools Podcast, we will be chatting with our Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam, Secondary Education Director Felicia Simmons and Elementary Education Director Karen Auton about the start of the 2019-2020 school year, what expectations they have and many exciting things to come for the year. Thanks for listening! For more information, visit www.burke.k12.nc.us.

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