OCS Weekly Newsletter for June 5, 2020

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Weekly Newsletter- June 5, 2020

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FYI: Our phone numbers have changed. See our new numbers below.

OCS Guidance for Charter Schools SB704/Session Law 2020-3 and SBE RIP Calendar and other Requirements 5/22/2020


OCS Guidance for Charter Schools House Bill 1043 / Session Law 2020-4 Supplemental Grants 6/2/2020




FAFSA Frenzy


Dear Charter School Leader,


Recognizing that this is a very busy time, I’m reaching out on behalf of myFutureNC to ask for your help on something that can change student lives and our state forever. 


As you know, North Carolina is on a mission to close the educational attainment gap with bipartisan support for the goal of 2Million by 2030.  We are confident more than ever that educational attainment is both a short-term recovery strategy for our state post-COVID, and a long-term strategy towards economic prosperity for all North Carolinians.  That’s why myFutureNC, in partnership with CFNC and all education sectors, is excited to launch a FAFSA Frenzy campaign during the entire month of June.  Click here for more details. 


One of the best ways to increase postsecondary attainment is to encourage all of our high school graduates and their families to complete the FAFSA.  To enhance this opportunity for students and to change the college conversation for many families, we want North Carolina to be First in FAFSA but as a state, we are currently 3% behind year-over-year!  Let’s change the trajectory one student at a time - beginning in your district.  Click here to see how schools in your area are currently tracking. 


In addition to signing the data sharing agreements with NCSEAA, we are also asking that you encourage your counselors and Charter School high school students to double down on FAFSA completions in whatever ways possible.   Stay tuned for more details – and the launch of FAFSAFrenzyNC.com next week – as we work together to create a “FAFSA Frenzy” all across our great state.  Thanks in advance for your support of this initiative and the future of our students


Did You Know?


Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (GCS-M-001.8)  allows students to earn course credit in a manner that does not require specific seat-time requirements.


The State Board of Education defines “mastery” as a student’s command of course material at a level that demonstrates a deep understanding of the content standards and the ability to apply his or her knowledge of the material. “Credit by demonstrated mastery” is the process by which LEAs shall, based upon a body-of-evidence, award a student credit in a particular course without requiring the student to complete classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time.


CDM is a very responsive instructional practice that  supports differentiating for and accelerating students who have a clearly expressed need.

If you are thinking about Credit by Demonstrated Mastery or, already have a plan and team in place and need a refresher, please check out the following:


FAQs regarding Credit by Demonstrated Mastery








Charter leaders, please take a look at the timeline and requirements for the Second Annual NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year Award! Recognize your amazing beginning charter leaders. All the details are right here!


Second Annual NCCAT BTOY Award



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


Upcoming Events and Reminders!

Save the Date!

OCS Huddle West 

July 28th, 2020

Brevard Academy

1110 Hendersonville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

OCS 2020 Summer Huddle West Registration


Virtual Huddle


VIRTUAL 2020 OCS Summer Huddle

Charter School Leadership Institute 2020

October 22nd & 23rd

Triangle Math & Science Academy,

312 Gregson Dr. Cary, NC 27511

COVID 19 Federal Funding & Waivers


Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates



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

Professional Learning & Renewals Newsletters

OCS Huddle West Interest Survey

Hot off the press guidance!

Charter School Nursing Services


If you did not have the opportunity to complete the survey on nursing services in charter school, we will assume that you do not have a school nurse. If this not the case, please contact to Annette.Richardson@dhhs.nc.gov or 252-339-3009

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

Discipline, Alternate Learning Plan, and Dropout data coordinators

MEDICAID Telehealth for LEA policy

Alternative Accountability Model Options 2020-21

EL Support Team Offerings During Remote Learning

ESY Services & Compensatory Education

Attendance Reporting in PowerSchool:

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 2020-2021 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



State Board Policy GRAD-004

Leadership Opportunities:

CSUSA Human Resources Generalist

CSUSA School Enrollment Systems Specialist

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


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