OCS Weekly Newsletter for August 7, 2020

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Weekly Newsletter- August 7, 2020


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To help recap important news of the week, we are pleased to bring you the NCDPI COVID-19 WEEKLY TOP TEN.   The link does not change.  New content is added to the top of the document weekly.  



NC Dept. of Public Instruction

Task Force Meeting


10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Virtual Link & Additional Information 

Coming Soon


Dear Early Childhood Colleagues,

The Office of Early Learning is pleased to announce that we have a new resource to support the implementation of the NC Early Learning Inventory during COVID-19.  This interactive guide was developed with the input of master kindergarten teachers from across our state.  It includes information about the updated requirements for the 2020-2021 school year as well as ideas and resources to support kindergarten educators as they plan instruction and observe and document children's development and learning.  We hope that you find this helpful.  To access this new interactive guide click here.

For additional information about the NC Early Learning Inventory, please visit our Google Site.



The Office of Early Learning Team


 Charter School Teacher of the Year process

NC Burroughs Wellcome Teacher of the Year Process


2021 EOY Timeline 


Educators, Parents, and Caretakers –

These are challenging and frustrating times for everyone. There are a lot of different opinions on how to return to learning this month. About the only thing we can all agree on is that no one is going to be happy with how this school year is starting.

We get it. Distance learning doesn’t replace being in a classroom and is a struggle for parents, students, and teachers. At the same time, many educators and parents share concerns about the potential for the spread of COVID-19 at schools.

The tough decisions on how communities are returning to schools are being made by your local school leaders under the requirements set forth by Governor Cooper and his team. Every school faces unique challenges that reflect the uniqueness of each community, so different decisions will be made for different communities. Currently, two out of three of North Carolina’s students will start this school year with distance learning.

At your NC Department of Public Instruction, we have been supporting local schools and communities by providing multiple strategies on how schools can meet the COVID-19 requirements for in-person learning. We have worked closely with local districts to strengthen distance learning so that it is improved from what students, parents, and teachers faced at the end of last school year. It still will not be perfect, but it will be better and specifically should have more live interactions with teachers, even if over video chats. Please click here to visit our resource page for parents and teachers.

Please join us as we work to help encourage each other and our students. We can all agree that no one is happy that COVID-19 has created obstacles unlike any we have ever faced. We don’t have to agree on everything after that, but let’s work together, with grace and encouragement, to overcome the challenges ahead.



Mark Johnson
NC Superintendent of Public Instruction


School Business – August 7, 2020


The FBS website continues to be updated with COVID-19 policies and information related to School Business and operations, as well as our ongoing operations.  Please check this site regularly for updates: www.dpi.nc.gov/districts-schools/district-operations/financial-and-business-services.

Recent posts:

  • Schedule of COVID Funds as of August 6, 2020
  • COVID Allotment Policy Manual 2020-21 Updated August 6, 2020


 Key updates to the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12):


Click here to see the updated StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12)


Click here to view all public health guidance documents for K – 12 schools 


Download the social media toolkit (English | Spanish) including images and language for social media posts. Help share this important information with students and their families across North Carolina!


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document (English | Spanish) for additional support.

"Lighting the Way Forward" FAQs



State Legislative Update:




Exceptional Children's Division (Parent Letters):


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!


Board members from charter schools that are opening in 2021, as well as acceleration applicants,  are required to attend 5 virtual Planning Year Sessions from September to March; this year we have spaced the sessions out more throughout the year.  Schools is a delay year are not required to attend but are welcome to. The school leader and some of the board members are also required to attend the New Charter School Leaders Institute in June 2021.  As a customer service, the Office of Charter Schools continues to open up these sessions to all charter schools.  If you have a new school leader and/or a new board member interested in attending any of the sessions, he or she must register to attend.  Registration for the September virtual Planning Year Session I will open shortly.



Please note the schedule below:


2020-21 Planning Year Professional Development Schedule





September 30, 2020

8:30 – 4:00


Charter School Governance

October 28, 2020

8:30 – 4:00


Charter School Finance

January 27, 2021

8:30 – 4:00


Charter School Operations & Accountability

February 24, 2021

8:30 – 4:00


Meeting the Needs of All Students

March 24, 2021

8:30 – 4:00


Our School Opens in 5 Months!  Now What?

Note: Dates and topics are subject to change.  If needed, other trainings may be scheduled.  Site visits and/or board meeting observations may be scheduled during these months, as well.



Click for latest DHHS Guidance

English Language Arts




Summer PD Series Updates & Follow Up


Thank you to those who attended and participated in Day 3 of our Summer PD Series on using our new resources! We enjoyed our time with you and look forward to “seeing” those of you who registered for our follow up sessions!


The recordings, slide decks, and new resources from all three sessions are now available in our ELA LiveBinder.  


If you have any questions or would like more grade-span support on formative assessment, scaffolding, and/or our new resources, the NCDPI ELA Team is offering follow-up sessions on the dates below. Participants should register for the appropriate session by clicking on the respective links for each grade-span. Participants should complete the registration questions for these sessions to allow the team to tailor the sessions to participant needs.  


Formative Assessment Follow Up Sessions | August 10th at 11:30 AM


Grades K-5 Follow Up Registration

Grades 6-8 Follow Up Registration

Grades 9-12 Follow Up Registration


Scaffolding Follow Up Sessions | August 12th at 11:30 AM


Grades K-5 Follow Up Registration

Grades 6-8 Follow Up Registration

Grades 9-12 Follow Up Registration


Using New Resources Follow Up Sessions | August 14th at 11:30 AM


Grades K-5 Follow Up Registration

Grades 6-8 Follow Up Registration

Grades 9-12 Follow Up Registration

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:



Leadership Opportunities:

Brevard Academy Assistant School Director

Lake Lure Classical Academy Classroom Teacher K-12Curriculum Resource Teacher (CRT), and Assistant K-12 Principal

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

The Experiential School of Greensboro: 5/6th grade Teacher, 7/8th grade Teacher, EC Teacher, Part-time Social Worker


Please note that response times to voicemails left on our phones will be much slower than usual due to the COVID-19 response efforts. Sending us an email is ideal.  Clicking the link on our names will bring up an automatic email prompt. Thank you!

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