OCS Weekly Newsletter for April 10th, 2020

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Weekly Newsletter- April 10th, 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.

Charter Leaders' Weekly Check Ins Webinar for 4.9.20




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

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!



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


May 15th deadline for the 2020 Governor's NCWorks Awards of Distinction


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



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

New! Digital & Distance Learning Resources

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.


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

NC Charter Schools are collaborating and innovating with local school districts to support all our students during COVID19. Please submit your stories through this survey!

New! Anderson Creek Academy Remote/e-Learning Experience

New! Bradford Prep & Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Collaborate for the Good of All!

Bradford-CMS Collaboration

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

New! Invest Collegiate Providing Meals During COVID 19

New! Lincoln Charter School Leading the Way During COVID 19

UA photo

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

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

PAVE Charter Exemplifies the Spirit of North Carolina

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

Did You Know?

Charter Schoolhouse
Online Resources from Finance & School Business Division
Topics with links to our most recent information:
Federal CARES Act
Funding and Allocations
PRC154 COVID-19 Supplemental Funds - State
Emergency Leave

DPI Logo

NCDPI Updates

EL Composite Scores Memo

MEDICAID Telehealth for LEA policy


Medicaid posted bulletin #34, the policy update allowing LEAs to participate in cost recovery for telehealth services. Please see the information in the link below.



Alternative Accountability Model Options 2020-21

K-12 Social Studies Standards Public Review

EL Support Team Offerings During Remote Learning

ESY Services & Compensatory Education



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, and 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.

K-3 Lit & Bits and Remote Learning Resources

Digital Learning Initiative Grants RFPs information



May 15th Deadline Governor's NCWorks Awards of Distinction Nomination Forms Now Available

State Board Policy GRAD-004

Leadership 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