OCS Weekly Newsletter for March 27th, 2020

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Weekly Newsletter- March 27th, 2020


Executive Order 117 Guidance from the State Board of Education

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

became law on March 18, 2020, and goes into effect on April 2, 2020. This legislation seeks to help workers, businesses, the healthcare sector, and government employers respond to the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. The law provides Emergency Family and Medical Leave and Emergency Paid Sick Leave. School employers should consult with their counsel regarding FFCRA’s requirements and implementing the Act.

Superintendent FAQs COVID-19

NC DPI COVID-19 Responses & Resources

K-12 PSUs Questions, Comments & Concerns Google Form

Charter Leaders Standing Thursday @ noon Zoom Meeting with Drs. Stegall & Emory; check you leader emails for the link. This meeting is for charter leaders only; select NCDPI division directors and regional case managers will be invited to join these calls.

SAT/ACT/AP Updates from the College Board

Division of Advanced Learning & Education Update.

Continuity of Learning Resources

Remote Learning Resources from the NC DPI Digital Teaching & Learning Team

Coronavirus Impact Reporting – All Public School Units

In anticipation of requests from legislators, health organizations and others on the impact of the coronavirus, please collect data on the following:

  • School closures and number of days closed due to coronavirus
  • Lost wages in the event of school closure, by fund, differentiating hourly by salaried
  • Additional costs associated with School Nutrition services during school closure
  • Overtime paid due to coronavirus, if applicable
  • Staff absences due to coronavirus sickness (see next item)
  • Staff absences due to coronavirus exposure/closures.
  • Transportation costs associated with emergency management (recommend using the 4th digit of the purpose code)

Upcoming Events and Reminders!



Deadline TODAY 3/27/20 - Education and Workforce Innovation Fund


EXTENDED: March 2 - April 7th, NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey window


March 31-Performance Framework items A10, A1.1 & A21 due in Epicenter


April 1- School Start & End Dates for 2020-2021 will be pulled April 1


April 3- Computer Science Standards stakeholder feedback survey closes, see link below


CANCELLED April 5-9 Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders conference


April 27-5:00 p.m., deadline for DLI Implementation Grants in 2020-21 & 21-22 (2 year grant program) 


April 30-Performance Framework items A13 – Fire, OSHA, and Other Required Health or Safety Inspections;  A15 – Civil and Liability Insurance Certificate; A8, both Employee and Parent Grievance Policies


Save the Date!


OCS Huddle West 

July 28th, 2020

Brevard Academy

1110 Hendersonville Hwy

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768


Charter School Leadership Institute 2020

October 22nd & 23rd

Triangle Math & Science Academy, Cary, NC 27511


Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates





Important Reminder Prior to Running Your Enrollment Lottery


Dear school leaders and vendors who assist with PowerSchool or the enrollment lottery, please note you must enter student records individually into PowerSchool. Do not import batch data.


As Charters begin to prepare for the new school year, should not be imported into the system. Importing student records bypasses our UID integration and customization, therefore all students should be entered individually, following the steps providing in this Quick Reference Document. Importing student records bypasses our UID integration and creates duplicate records in PowerSchool if the student has an existing record in the UID system. We currently have an overwhelming amount of duplicate records and clean up of duplicate records could take an extended length of time. 


How to Stream Your Student Lottery(or Board meetings) via YouTube Live!

Renewals Webinar

New! Digital & Distance Learning Resources

North Carolina Remote Learning Resources

NC Virtual Response

The Exploris School has shared

Best Practices for Digital Learning-- Especially in a Hurry!

as well as Administrator's Notecatcher for digital walk-throughs and check ins

Envision Science Academy has shared their Distance Learning Plan

Professional Learning & Renewals Newsletters

Charter School News & Opportunities

North Carolina Charter Schools are collaborating with local school districts to meet the nutritional needs of all students. We would love to share your stories of collaboration and innovation during these challenging times. Please submit your stories through this survey!

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New! Union Academy Senior Andrew Young Accepts Appointment to the USAFA!!!

New! GLOW Academy Feeds Hundreds of Students Each Day While Schools Remain Closed

PAVE Charter Exemplifies the Spirit of North Carolina

It's Time to Act & Mitigate the Disruption to a Sound, Basic Education

Teachers Begin Virtual Learning During Coronavirus

Harris Looks to Lead Carter G. Woodson Into the Future

Sugar Creek Charter: The Importance of High Expectations

Ashley Park/Movement: Collaboration Makes for a Win-Win!


Collaboration & Coffee: Life Skills Learned at Bradford Prep

Bradford 3

NCCAT & OCS Charter School Connections Conference

NCCAT 2020 Charter Schools Collaborative Conference

Did You Know?

Charter Schoolhouse

The Charter Renewal Law North Carolina General Statute § 115C-218.6


(a) The State Board of Education shall review the operations of each charter school at least once prior to the expiration of its charter to ensure that the school is meeting the expected academic, financial, and governance standards;


(b) The State Board of Education shall renew a charter upon the request of the chartering entity for subsequent periods of 10 years, unless one of the following applies:


(1) The charter school has not provided financially sound audits for the immediately preceding three years;


(2) The charter school's student academic outcomes for the immediately preceding three years have not been comparable to the academic outcomes of students in the local school administrative unit in which the charter school is located;


(3) The charter school is not, at the time of the request for renewal of the charter, substantially in compliance with State law, federal law, the school's own bylaws, or the provisions set forth in its charter granted by the State Board of Education.


If one of the conditions set forth in subdivisions (1) through (3) of this subsection applies, then the State Board may renew the charter for a period of less than 10 years or not renew the charter.

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NCDPI Updates

NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey

NCDPI Remote Learning Resources Website (Free, Free, Free):

NCDPI’s Remote Learning Resources Website is continually updated with free or made-free-for-a-limited-time resources:

The link is https://sites.google.com/dpi.nc.gov/remote-learning-resources/home/instructional-resources?authuser=0


The resources are shared with educators in North Carolina to assist in finding effective instructional material. For delivery of content, explore the page on Learning Management Systems.


K-3 Lit & Bits and Remote Learning Resources

IABS Message

Digital Learning Initiative Grants RFPs information



School Business Newsletter

Governor's NCWorks Awards of Distinction Nomination Forms Now Available

Read to Achieve Guidance March 2020

Read to Achieve Reading Camp Memo

State Board Policy GRAD-004

2020-2021 School Start & End Dates

School Start and End Dates for 2020-21 will be pulled on April 1, 2020.

G.S. 115C-84.2(a2) specifies that a report on the start and end dates of the instructional calendar for students for the next academic year be provided to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education by April 1 of each year.  To make this deadline, the start and end dates of the instructional calendar for students for each school must be in PowerSchool before April 1. For questions, contact LaShon Creech at studentaccounting@dpi.nc.gov

Computer Science Standards Revision Survey

NC DPI Webinars, Conferences, Institutes & Professional Learning Opportunitites





NCWiseOwl Webinars

Four NCWiseOwl Gale Webinars are available.


All webinars offer CEUs from GALE including full viewing of recorded webinars and alignment to the NC Digital Learning Competencies.


Detailed descriptions for each webinar are located in the NCWO Toolkit on the Professional Learning Page. Gale also houses recorded webinars and registration as a service for NC.

Audience:  Teachers, Instructional Coaches, School Library Media, Instructional Technology, Other Certified Support Staff


14-Apr-2020 3:30-4:15 PM - REGISTER for CTE and your Gale Resources from NCWiseOwl



The North Carolina Virtual Public School invites you to attend NCVPS-U, "Digital Accessibility Everywhere!".  NCVPS-U is NCVirtual’s free professional development series for K-12 educators and administrators focused on digital learning. Emphasis will be placed on improving capacities for fostering student success. 

Click here to learn all about it!


NCEES  Webinars 

All webinars will be recorded and posted to the Webinar Series document located on http://bit.ly/ncees-support.


Click here to see & register for webinars

Exceptional Children Division

Sorry there was a broken link in the previous memo. It has been fixed inside the document and also included here: https://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx 

Please see the attached information regarding important reminders.  

Job Opportunities


The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders School Principal Job Opening 


Lake Lure Executive Director Job Posting


Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Leadership Opportunity

Whom Should I Contact at the Office of Charter Schools?

We want to congratulate Patricia Nnadi-Purvis on her new opportunity in the finance department at NC DPI. We will miss her greatly. We also wish to welcome Georgia Maimone, who is helping temporarily, in communications and general office administrative support. Please reach out to Georgia at georgia.maimone@dpi.nc.gov  at 919-807-3981.

OCS Main number: 919.807.3981 ocs@dpi.nc.gov

Dave Machado         919.807.3992

Director of the Office of Charter Schools


Georgia Maimone       919.807.3981

Program Administrative Assistance


Shaunda Cooper      919.807.3299

Consultant, Renewals & Performance Framework


Claire Porter              919.807.3980

Consultant, Professional Learning & Performance Framework


Ashley Baquero         919.807.3979

Consultant, Amendments & Compliance


Kebbler Williams      919.807.3920

Consultant, Ready to Open Process & Planning Year


Joseph Letterio       919.807.3870

Consultant, Epicenter Tech Support & Performance Framework


Darian Jones           919.807.3610

Consultant, Applications & Renewals


Jay Whalen              919.807.3925

Program Administrator, NC ACCESS Program


Barbara O'Neal        919.807.3307

Program Coordinator, NC ACCESS Program


Mariama Janneh     919.807.4024

Finance Administrator, NC ACCESS Program