OCS Weekly Newsletter for July 2, 2020

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Weekly Newsletter- July 2, 2020

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FYI: Please email us your questions!


We are working remotely, and cannot always access voicemail.


OCS will be closed on July 3 in honor of Independence Day.


We wish you and your families and school communities a safe, healthy, relaxing, weekend!





Please see the following update on behalf of Sherry Thomas, Director of the Exceptional Children Division:


Due to 2020-2021 Indirect Costs for Charter schools not being available at this time, the IDEA Grant submission will be extended until July 24th for “Charter Schools only”.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


Thank you,


Amanda W. Byrd


Please complete the following survey by July 7.


The State Board of Education is considering delaying adoption of the remaining new Social Studies Standard Course of Study at the July SBE meeting.  The SBE is considering this delay to provide an opportunity to refine the standards and ensure responsiveness to issues regarding civil rights and multiple voices.


Note that the new Economics and Personal Finance standards were adopted in May 2020 and are available for implementation.


Please respond to the following questionnaire by Tuesday, July 7 by noon so that NCDPI can share your thoughts regarding implications of delaying the adoption.  Please submit one only response per LEA or Charter.




Did you Know!?


Great news! Sibling enrollment priority is now available in Year One and there were additional enrollment priority expansions in the new law!  You will also discover additional flexibility with your remote instruction days. Check out the Session Law, linked here https://www.ncleg.gov/EnactedLegislation/SessionLaws/PDF/2019-2020/SL2020-78.pdf and here https://www.ncleg.gov/EnactedLegislation/SessionLaws/PDF/2019-2020/SL2020-49.pdf.


BROADEN CERTAIN CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT PRIORITIES SECTION 2.3.(a) G.S. 115C-218.45(f) reads as rewritten: "(f) The charter school may give enrollment priority to any of the following: (1) Siblings of currently enrolled students who were admitted to the charter school in a previous year. For the purposes of this section, the term "siblings" includes any of the following who reside in the same household: half siblings, stepsiblings, and children residing in a family foster home. (1a) Siblings who apply to the charter school for admission beginning in the same school year, such as when a sibling was not initially admitted due to grade level capacity. . .  AND


(3) Limited to no more than fifteen percent (15%) of the school's total enrollment, unless granted a waiver by the State Board of Education, the following: a. Children of the school's full-time employees.persons (i) employed full time by the charter school or (ii) working full time in the daily operation of the charter school, including children of persons employed by an education management organization or charter management organization for the charter school. b. Children of the charter school's board of directors.


State Legislative Update:




Growing Success for ELs Summer Conference

To: ALL Educators

The NCDPI ESL/Title III team is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Growing Success for ELs Summer Conference 2020 #NCELs20. As our population continues to grow, it is critical for us to develop and strengthen our skills, processes, and resources to teach English learners (ELs). It is our goal to bring inspired teachers and leaders from across the state together in forums like this, to share best practices.

In order to provide professional development opportunities during remote learning, the NCDPI ESL/Title III team has scheduled nine free online courses. Trainers on the EL Support Team have planned interactive sessions to share instructional strategies to support ELs throughout North Carolina.

Click on the image below to navigate the digital flipbook or type on your browser bit.ly/NCELs20. You will access information about the kick-off session, training topics, schedule, and registration links.



To help recap important news of the week, we are pleased to bring you the NCDPI COVID-19 WEEKLY TOP TEN.



State Board of Education Meets Wednesday and Thursday, July 8 and 9

The State Board of Education will meet remotely Wednesday and Thursday, July 8 and 9, for its regular monthly meeting.

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

Please note that Board members will discuss agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in committee meetings on both Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July 9. Board members will take action on any agenda items as appropriate during the Thursday, July 9, meeting.

The State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting will be audio streamed for those unable to attend virtually. To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please email State Board members individually or email general comments/feedbac







SBE Guidelines for the Remote Instruction plan





Remote Instruction Plan Template





School Business Closing Procedures & Dates



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



School Financial Reporting:




Communications Team:

Please note-    Our biweekly Tuesday calls will continue to be held at 8:00 a.m. and recordings will be provided in a follow-up email if you are unable to attend.  We welcome all communications leaders and superintendents to join our biweekly calls. Our biweekly calls occur in the off week of the standing superintendent and charter leaders calls by design, to keep an open channel between NCDPI and the field open each week. 


Dates for our upcoming calls are: July 14, July 28. 




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

OCS 2020 Summer Huddle West Registration


Virtual Huddle Registration Closes July 20

VIRTUAL 2020 OCS Summer Huddle

Charter School Leadership Institute 2020

Charter School Leadership Institute 2020 will be postponed until Spring 2021.





Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates



Professional Learning & Renewals Newsletters

OCS Huddle West Interest 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

DPI Logo

NCDPI Updates

Attendance Reporting in PowerSchool:

Urgent High Priority Triangle


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; Please use email: Georgia.maimone@dpi.nc.gov

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