OCS Weekly Newsletter for April 3rd, 2020

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Weekly Newsletter- April 3rd, 2020


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.

Executive Order 120 Guidance from the State Board of Education



COVID 19 Federal Funding & Waivers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This law went into effect April 2nd and 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.

NC DPI COVID-19 Responses & Resources

SAT/ACT/AP Updates from the College Board

Division of Advanced Learning & Education Update.

Continuity of Learning Resources slideshow

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!



NC Charter Schools Advisory Board Meets Monday, April 6

The NC Charter Schools Advisory Board will meet Monday, April 6, at 9 a.m. via conference call from the 7th Floor State Board of Education meeting room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. The meeting will be audio streamed.

The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online.

Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to NCDPI Communications at 919-807-3450.


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


Academic Policy Webinar, April 7th 

Time:  10:00-11:00  (We will open up the webinar at 9:45 for set-up)

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4759448692525639694


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

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!

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

Mnookin & Freeman: As Educators Figure Out Distance Learning, Now Is the Time to Plan for Students’ Return to School. Some Things to Consider

Professional Learning & Renewals Newsletters

Charter School News & Opportunities

New! Longleaf School for the Arts Uses Zoom to Keep Student Talking During Pandemic

New! Invest Collegiate Providing Meals During COVID 19

New! Lincoln Charter School Leading the Way During COVID 19

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

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

Carolina Charter Academy Welcomes a New Director

PAVE Charter Exemplifies the Spirit of North Carolina

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

Did You Know?

Charter Schoolhouse

The Phone Number for NCDPI Technology Support Center Has Changed

Last year, NCDPI's Technology Support Center changed its phone number to 919-716-1840.  Calls to the old number have been forwarded, but the phone company's forwarding service will be ending soon.  To ensure we continue to meet your support needs without issue, please make sure you are calling us at our new support center number. 


NCDPI Technology Support Center supports you with the following applications:

  • Schoolnet
  • NCEES/Unified Talent
  • IAM/SSO (NCEdCloud)
  • Staff & Student UID (eScholar)


Support availability:

Web:  https://ncgov.service-now.com/sp_dpi   -  24/7

Phone:  (919) 716-1840, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding state holidays)

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NCDPI Updates


March 30 - May 15, 2020 

  • For days when remote learning is offered during this timeframe, these days are to be identified as in-session, regular school day
  • If there are times during this window in which your PSU is out of session and is not offering remote instruction, e.g., holiday, Spring Break, optional workdays, those days may be marked as such and labeled as out-of-session. 
  • For remote-learning days, denote the estimated number of instructional hours intended for your PSU in the Notes section of the Calendar Setup screen. It is a PSU decision about the amount of time to note. 
  • Student attendance from March 30 - May 15 will not be taken

NOTE:  These guidelines will help schools manage daily enrollment and capture what is happening in our schools during the COVID 19 pandemic. The SBE/NCDPI is working with the General Assembly to address the remaining calendar issues for the 2019-20 school year. While NCDPI has the authority to provide direction on how to capture the school day, we do not have the authority to determine the final impact on the school calendar.


Enrollment, Transfer & Withdrawal

PSUs May Begin Enrolling, Transferring and Withdrawing Students in PowerSchool Public school units are clear to enroll, transfer, and withdraw students in the PowerSchool application.  Enrollments may be backdated so long as students are being enrolled on in-session days.  Please see the memo that was sent on March 26, 2020.

NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey(Closes April 7th)

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



Governor's NCWorks Awards of Distinction Nomination Forms Now Available

State Board Policy GRAD-004

2020-2021 School Start & End Dates

Computer Science Standards Revision Survey

NC DPI Webinars, Conferences, Institutes & Professional Learning Opportunitites


Date:  Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Time:  10:00-11:00  (We will open up the webinar at 9:45 for set-up)

Register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4759448692525639694

Exceptional Children Division


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