OCS Weekly Newsletter for May 8, 2020

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Weekly Newsletter- May 8, 2020

Thank you for updating EPICENTER!!!

FYI: Our phone numbers are changing! NCDPI is updating its phone system, and assigning new phone numbers to staff members.  New phone numbers will take effect on May 8, 2020.

Upcoming Events and Reminders!


NC Charter Schools Advisory Board Meets Monday, May 11 remotely at 9 a.m. for its regular monthly meeting.

The agenda for this meeting is available online. The meeting will be live streamed

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


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

OCS 2020 Summer Huddle West Registration

Charter School Leadership Institute 2020

October 22nd & 23rd

Triangle Math & Science Academy,

312 Gregson Dr. Cary, NC 27511


Charter Leaders' Standing Thursday @ noon Zoom Meeting with Drs. Stegall & Emory resumes on Thursday May 14; check your 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.



The NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year  timeline has changed due to these unprecedented times. Please find a link here to the new timeline. https://drive.google.com/file/d/19cGanTnK5KwiXlKe2BNp2mgtn7Eb5Xgr/view


The Office of Charter Schools is delighted to share the charter school recipients of the 2020 SECU Foundation People Helping People Scholarship:


Kinsey Marie Arnold- Longleaf School of the Arts

Franklin Wyette Howey III- Union Academy

Jessica Marie Schuster- Raleigh Charter High School


Click to find critical MTSS & IABS Info


We are pleased to share our April MTSS & PBIS Coordinator newsletter.  This newsletter contains the following information:

  • Updates from IABS
  • FAM-S Updates & Reports
  • Check & Connect Statewide Rollout Information 
  • SEL & COVID-19 Resource Sharing 

Thanks for your support and dedication to this work!

Your IABS Division 

Integrated Academic and Behavior Systems

COVID 19 Federal Funding & Waivers


Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates



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

EC Grant Training: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/NCSBE/2020/04/29/file_attachments/1439082/Training%20Plans%20Update.pdf

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.


IMPORTANT NC Homeless Education Program Updates

Performance Framework

We are extending the final deadline for submitting evidence of requirements met to July 31st, 2020. Please continue following guidance provided through Epicenter.

Professional Learning & Renewals Newsletters

OCS Huddle West Interest Survey

From NC DTL on PowerSchool for 2020 HS Seniors

The Home Base team would like to thank you for your patience as we worked to develop guidance for grading high school seniors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In consultation with multiple DPI divisions and a group of PowerSchool administrators in the field, the team has developed the COVID-19 Grading for Seniors Quick Reference Guide. Additionally, we have also developed a brief walkthrough video to help explain this process. This process has been designed with eyes toward both student equity and ease of entry for PowerSchool coordinators and administrators. Please be sure to review this documentation closely. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, utilize the form linked at the end of the quick reference guide or log a ticket with PowerSchool Support.

NC Charter Schools are innovating to support students and families. 

                        Please submit your stories through this survey!


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

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NCDPI Updates

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

EL Support Team Offerings During Remote Learning

ESY Services & Compensatory Education

Attendance Reporting in PowerSchool:

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.


Urgent High Priority Triangle

Hi EDDIE subscribed users,


The data in EDDIE must be current at all times, so please don't enter any changes in EDDIE for 2020-21 until after July 1, 2020. (The exception is new schools opening next year, those can be updated as needed.)


EDDIE will close at noon on June 30th to prepare for the rollover to 2020-21 and should re-open on July 1st.  A reminder notice and year end checklist will be sent out to all of the EDDIE subscribed users around the end of May or early June.

PowerSchool (PS) normally pulls data from EDDIE nightly.  PS will be turning off their data pull from EDDIE on April 20th.  This is done by PS to allow schools and districts to enter schedules and transitions for next year in PS.  


PS will determine when to turn their data pull back on after they complete their end of year process, usually sometime in July.  From July 1, 2020 until whenever PS turns their data pull back on, EDDIE must be updated with your 2020-21 changes, especially grade level changes that have been made in PS.  If EDDIE isn't updated before PS turns their data pull back on, the EDDIE data will overwrite PS and you will lose the schedules and transitions for those grades.  Contact your SIS or PS Coordinator for PS data pull dates and information.


Thank you, Nicola Lefler

EDDIE Administrator, NCDPI



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

State Board Policy GRAD-004

A Special Announcement from Dr. Kebbler Williams: 

Friends and colleagues:  I am honored to announce that I have been named the Director of K-12 at The Hunt Institute.  My last day in OCS is Friday, May 29th. During my tenure in OCS, I have been a part of opening 82 charter schools across the state (with 10 more planned in 2020) and have provided support to many more over the years.  I am grateful for my time at DPI and for all that I have learned and all the wonderful people I have met and had an opportunity to grow with.  It has been a great privilege.  I leave behind an exceptional team that I know will continue to champion the mission and vision of the Office of Charter Schools.  May God's peace be with you until next we meet.

Leadership Opportunities:

CSUSA Human Resources Generalist

CSUSA School Enrollment Systems Specialist

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

Lake Lure Executive Director Job Posting

Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Leadership Opportunity

Socrates Academy Elementary school teachers, middle school ELA teachers, and middle school band teacher.

Whom Should I Contact at the Office of Charter Schools?

OCS Main number: 984 236 2700 ocs@dpi.nc.gov

Dave Machado         984 236 2702

Director of the Office of Charter Schools


Georgia Maimone       984 236 2701

Program Administrative Assistance, Communications


Shaunda Cooper      984 236 2707

Consultant, Renewals & Performance Framework


Claire Porter              984 236 2709

Consultant, Professional Learning & Ready to Open Process


Ashley Baquero         984 236 2708

Consultant, Amendments & Compliance


Kebbler Williams      984 236 2712

Consultant, Ready to Open Process & Planning Year


Joseph Letterio       984 236 2703

Consultant, Epicenter Tech Support & Performance Framework


Darian Jones           984 236 2705

Consultant, Applications & Renewals


Jay Whalen              984 236 2711

Program Administrator, NC ACCESS Program


Barbara O'Neal        984 236 2706

Program Coordinator, NC ACCESS Program