OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 7/2/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Please see the latest district news and updates below.  

    REOPENING UPDATE 

    Since closing our buildings to in-person instruction in March, school districts across North Carolina have been anticipating direction from state officials on how they will reopen this fall. In June, the state shared three different options for schools to consider in planning for a return to instruction:  

    • Plan A involves moderate social distancing, an increased focus on handwashing and use of hand sanitizer, more frequent cleaning of facilities – especially in high traffic/high touch areas – and modification of normal school routines to allow for more transition time along with health and temperature screenings. 
    • Plan B requires schools to provide all the measures in Plan A, but to decrease occupancy of facilities and transportation to no more than 50% capacity. This would require districts to possibly consider limiting attendance in buildings on an alternating schedule, using some combination of in-person and virtual instruction and limiting numbers of students on buses. 
    • Plan C would require school districts go with remote learning only. This would be the most drastic of the three plans and implemented by the state only if there were a need to suspend in-person instruction. 

    In their guidance, state officials told school leaders to expect a decision on how they would be reopening by July 1. Yesterday, schools learned the state was still closely reviewing and monitoring COVID-19 data, and a reopening decision was going to be delayed for possibly up to two more weeks. 

    We wanted to share this information and let you know district and school administrators continue to move forward with plans to resume instruction for our traditional calendar schools on August 17. It is essential to get students back into their classrooms with their teachers. As a district, we are committed to providing in-person instruction for our students in the safest environment possible. We also understand not all families may be comfortable with a return to the school buildings. Staff are finalizing plans to provide these families an option in the fall. More information on the new Onslow Virtual School will be shared next week. 

    Custodial and maintenance staff have been working diligently to make sure our facilities are clean and that schools have all necessary social distancing signage and personal protective equipment. Instructional staff have been preparing plans for our Summer Jump Start program and developing learning resources which will benefit not only children in this program, but across the county. School administrators have been working with their staff on ways to modify school routines and building usage to meet the state requirements and recommendations. 

    As we continue to move closer to the August 17 traditional school calendar start date, know we will remain in close contact to share the information our school community needs. Expect calls, emails, and texts with updates, and be sure to check out the OCS district website for a special section dedicated to sharing our reopening plans and other information. You can also keep up with OCS through our official social media platforms. 

    Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to prepare for the new school year. 

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Happy 4th of July  

    In observance of the Independence Day holiday, OCS schools and offices will be closed on Friday, July 3. Normal hours of operation will resume Monday, July 6.

    Have a safe and restful holiday weekend! 

    COMMUNITY FOOD RESOURCES 

    June 30 was the last day of operation for Student Nutrition Hubs. Since March 17, the OCS Child Nutrition Department has served a total of 775,618 meals to children across Onslow County. Thank you to our cafeteria staff for going above and beyond to meet the needs of our community! 

    The Summer Feeding Program will resume on July 15 and operate through July 31. Site locations for the Summer Feeding Program will be shared as they become available.  

    In the meantime, you can find information regarding community organizations that may be able help families facing food insecurity in the District Announcements section of the OCS website at www.onslow.k12.nc.us.  

    CEEMS DLI LOTTERY APPLICATIONS 

    CEEMS students learn Spanish

    The kindergarten registration lottery for the Dual Language Immersion Program at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School is now open through Friday, July 17. This lottery will be used to fill 17 kindergarten seats available in the CEEMS DLI program.  

    You can find more information on the DLI program and how to apply for the lottery here: CEEMS DLI Information

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on June 29, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates. 

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 26, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 6/26/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! You can find the latest district news and updates below.  

    SUPERINTENDENT MESSAGE 

    Dear OCS Families, 

    While we wait on word from the state about reopening, I know you have many questions about what school will look like when we come back in August. Regardless of the direction we receive from state officials, OCS remains committed to providing our families the best education in the safest environment possible. 

    Our staff have been hard at work cleaning our schools and developing processes to ensure a safe and healthy learning and work environment. Plans are being developed based on recommendations from trusted national, state, and local health sources – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and Onslow County Health Department. 

    We do not know exactly how things will look when we return in August. However, we do know some things will look different. 

    Our students can expect more education around proper handwashing and hygiene procedures. Staff will be helping children learn how to move around our schools with an increased focus on social distancing. There will most definitely be an emphasis on cleaning and sanitation processes, and some of our daily school routines will have to be modified. 

    We want our school community to have accurate and complete information. You can count on getting calls, emails, and texts throughout the reopening process, and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available over the coming weeks. 

    A safe return to school in August starts with understanding that healthy schools begin at home. Thank you for doing your part to protect the health of your family and our community. I appreciate your support and understanding as we plan for your child’s return. 
     
    Sincerely, 

    Dr. Barry Collins
    Superintendent 

    REMOTE LEARNING SURVEY 

    OCS values the input and feedback we receive from our families. A couple weeks ago, we asked district parents and guardians to express their interest in a potential virtual option for families who may not be comfortable with the return to in-person, face-to-face instruction in the fall. We are now asking our families, in a different survey, to provide their feedback on the remote learning experience they had during the COVID-19 school closures, beginning in mid-March of this year.   

    This survey will inform the district’s state-required remote instruction plan and will help the district find ways to improve remote learning should it be deemed necessary in the future.   

    We thank you for your time and your constructive feedback as we work to provide better opportunities for our students.   

    The new survey regarding remote learning experiences from the 2019-2020 school year can be found here: Remote Learning Survey.  

    STUDENT NUTRITION HUBS 

    Student Nutrition Hub Information  

    Tuesday, June 30 will be the last day of operation for Student Nutrition Hubs.  

    After June 30, there will be a pause in service. Food service will resume during the Summer Food Program, which will operate Monday-Friday, July 15-31. School Nutrition staff are currently  assessing community needs to determine where sites will be located.   

    More information regarding the Summer Food Program will be shared as it becomes available.  

    CEEMS DLI LOTTERY APPLICATIONS 

    CEEMS students learn Spanish  

    The kindergarten registration lottery for the Dual Language Immersion Program at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School will open on Monday, June 29 and close on Friday, July 17. This lottery will be used to fill 17 kindergarten seats available in the CEEMS DLI program.  

    For DLI students, Spanish is not taught as a separate subject; instead, instruction for all other subjects is taught in Spanish. Kindergarten students spend approximately 90 percent of their day immersed in Spanish and the remainder of their day learning in English.  

    If you are interested in registering your child for the DLI program at CEEMS, you can sign up for the lottery, here, starting Monday, June 29: https://onslowncc.scriborder.com/. On the application website, click on the "Dual Language Spanish Immersion" link to apply; the link will go live at 12 a.m. on June 29. 

    FAFSA FRENZY 

    June is FAFSA Frenzy Month in North Carolina! Last year, 36 percent of NC high school seniors did not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, leaving around $89 million in Pell Grants on the table.  

    The priority deadline to submit your FAFSA is June 30! So, if you have not yet applied for federal student aid, please visit FAFSAFrenzyNC.com to learn more and get started. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly. 

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 19, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 6/19/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    CONGRATULATIONS, GRADUATES! 

    Congratulations  

    To the class of 2020, congratulations on all your high school accomplishments and good luck in your endeavors to come! 

    You all have certainly endured a high school experience unlike any other, and you have continued to overcome as new challenges come your way. May the lessons you have learned and the connections you have made in Onslow County serve you well in the next steps of your journey.  

    In case you missed them, virtual graduation ceremonies are still available for viewing on YouTube. You can find links to each school’s ceremony here: Virtual Graduations.  

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates. If you or someone you know has not been receiving district notices, please contact your school to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    FAFSA FRENZY 

    FAFSA Frenzy  

    June is FAFSA Frenzy Month in North Carolina! Last year, 36 percent of NC high school seniors did not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, leaving around $89 million in Pell Grants on the table.  

    The priority deadline to submit your FAFSA is June 30! So, if you have not yet applied for federal student aid, please visit FAFSAFrenzyNC.com to learn more and get started. 

    STUDENT NUTRITION HUBS 

    Student Nutrition Hub Info  

    The last day of service for Student Nutrition Hubs will be Tuesday, June 30. You can find more information on times and locations here on the OCS website: Student Nutrition Hubs. Information on the summer food program will be shared as it becomes available.  

    CENSUS 2020 

    It’s not too late to fill out the 2020 census form! The answers you provide ensure that our community gets a complete count and has access to state and federal funding for transportation, education, social programs and more. Learn more at 2020census.gov

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 12, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 6/12/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS family! We have made it through another school year! Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigated what was a difficult year for everyone in the district. Have a safe and wonderful summer break; we will see you in August! 

    See the latest district news and updates below.  

    OCS VIRTUAL SCHOOL INTEREST SURVEY 

    We would like to thank the families that have already taken the time to complete our survey regarding the return to school in August. Right now, OCS is in the beginning planning stages for what the return to school will look like for our students.   Current state guidelines require school districts to prepare for a variety of possibilities. We fully expect these plans will evolve and adapt over time as further guidance becomes available.  

    As of now, in-person, face-to-face instruction is the preferred plan, if it is deemed safe. However, we understand some of our families may feel more comfortable with continuing online learning, if COVID-19 conditions persist into the fall.  

    If you have not already, we invite you to take the survey and express your interest in a potential online option for your student when we return to classrooms in August. You can find the survey here: https://bit.ly/OCSVirtualSurvey

    OCS RETURN-TO-ATHLETICS PLAN 

    OCS is looking at restarting athletic workouts this summer, using NCHSAA guidelines as a framework to ensure staff and student safety. Information on the return-to-athletics plan has been posted here, on the district website: Athletics Plan.

    STUDENT NUTRITION HUBS 

    Nutrition Hub Information  

    The last day of service for Student Nutrition Hubs will be Tuesday, June 30. You can find more information on the Student Nutrition Hubs here on the OCS website: Student Nutrition Hubs. Information on the summer food program will be shared as it becomes available.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    An OCS bus driver high fives a student  

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the June 23-25 driver class are due no later than Friday, June 19. You can find more information on the application process and future class dates here: OCS Bus Driver Classes.  

    CENSUS 2020 

    It’s not too late to fill out the 2020 census form! The answers you provide ensure that our community gets a complete count and has access to state and federal funding for transportation, education, social programs and more. Learn more at 2020census.gov

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 5, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 6/5/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family. You can find the latest district news and updates below.  

    SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD CHAIR MESSAGE 

    The Onslow County Board of Education, recognizing that we are a racially and ethnically diverse school district, believes it is part of our mission to provide a positive, harmonious environment which promotes respect for the diverse makeup of our school community. A major aim of education in Onslow County is the strong commitment to the core values of a democratic society. 

    There are defining moments in our history, and present day, which require us to stop and reflect on what we hold as self-evident truths; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  When confronted with situations which endanger the truths we hold dear, we listen and work together for solutions. 

    We believe our school system provides all students with a high-quality education that enables them to function successfully in an interdependent, diverse, and rapidly changing world. The enormity of this belief is great and constitutes a significant challenge.  A challenge we are willing to accept on behalf of our students, all students. 

    We commit to doing the things which must be done and having the difficult and sometimes uncomfortable conversations that will continue to move our school system forward.  Through education, we can make sure all voices are heard and foster a respectful learning and working environment for our students and staff.  As a community, we will work together to accept one another and fulfill our vision of “Excellence in Education.” 

    Pam Thomas  
    Chair, Onslow Board of Education 

    Dr. Barry Collins  
    OCS Superintendent 

    STUDENT NUTRITION HUBS 

    Nutrition Hub Information

    The last day of service for Student Nutrition Hubs will be Tuesday, June 30. You can find more information on the Student Nutrition Hubs here on the OCS website: Student Nutrition Hubs. Information on the summer food program will be shared as it becomes available.

    DEVICE RETURNS 

    NBMS staff accept device returns  

    The school year is winding down! Be sure to return your devices and any other outstanding materials you may have ahead of summer break. If you missed your scheduled laptop drop-off time, contact your school for information on how you can return your device. 

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES     

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.   

    CENSUS 2020 

    You can still fill out your census form, if you have not already done so. The answers you provide can help our community gain access to state and federal funding for resources such as transportation, education and social programs. Learn more at 2020census.gov.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on June 2, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 29, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/29/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for an excellent week of remote instruction! See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    COMPUTER REPAIR HUBS 

    Computer Repair Hubs  

    Today was the last day of operation for the computer repair sites, as school-issued devices continue to be collected. While computer repair service is ending, Student Nutrition Hubs will continue to serve meals through Tuesday, June 30.  

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES    

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.  

    OCS EDUCATOR HIGHLIGHTED 

    Susanne Long  

    Susanne Long, OCS director of continuous improvement, has been selected as the World View Educator Spotlight for May 2020. The World View Educator Spotlight honors one exceptional educator a month, showcasing their commitment to students and education.  

    You can read more about Ms. Long and her dedication to global education in Onslow County here: https://worldview.unc.edu/in-the-spotlight/susanne-long/.  

    Congratulations, Ms. Long, and thank you for all you do! 

    NUTRITION DIRECTOR SHOUT OUT 

    Rebecca Collins Spotlight  

    This week, OCS Interim Director of Nutrition Services Rebecca Collins was selected as an NC School Hero by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This is a recognition of Ms. Collins’ great service to the students and families of Onslow County.  

    Congratulations and thank you for being a school hero, Ms. Collins! 

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED  

    School buildings may be closed for face-to-face instruction, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Check out the fifth and final installment of “Creativity Unmasked” below!   

     

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020  

    DID YOU KNOW? It’s not too late to complete your census form! Completing the census helps our community ensure a complete count and get access to state and federal funding for transportation, social programs, and more. Learn more about the census at 2020census.gov

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 22, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/22/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week in Onslow County. See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Memorial Day reminders  

    We would like to remind our families that OCS will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25. Nutrition hubs and computer repair sites will not operate that day. Have a fun, safe holiday weekend and we will see you on Tuesday for more remote instruction! 

    GRADUATION INFORMATION  

    As a district, OCS will be moving forward with a two-part plan to honor the Class of 2020. The first part of the plan includes a virtual portion which will give each student a chance to be recognized, and honor the school’s valedictorian, salutatorian and others who would normally participate in a live graduation event. These ceremonies will be recorded and broadcast on the district’s YouTube channels at the time the original ceremony would have occurred. For the second part of the plan, principals at each of our high schools will be working with their staff on school-based graduation celebrations for the Class of 2020.    

    See below for the scheduled broadcast times and channels for the virtual portion of each school’s graduation:  

    • June 10, 2020   
      • 7 p.m.: Southwest High -- Onslow Schools Television YouTube  
    • June 11, 2020    
      • 10 a.m.: Richlands High -- Onslow Schools Television YouTube   
      • 6 p.m.: Northside High -- Onslow Schools Television YouTube  
      • 6:30 p.m.: Dixon High -- OCS Multimedia YouTube  
    • June 12, 2020   
      • 7 p.m.: Swansboro High -- Onslow Schools Television YouTube  
      • 7:30 p.m.: Jacksonville High -- OCS Multimedia YouTube  
    • June 13, 2020   
      • 9 a.m.: White Oak High -- Onslow Schools Television 

    CALENDAR REVISIONS 

    Earlier this week, the OCS Board of Education approved revised 2020-21 calendars which are aligned with new legislation signed into law on May 4. The new law requires several changes to the traditional school calendar including a start date of Monday, August 17. The start date for students at the Onslow Early College has been adjusted one day to Monday, August 3. 

    Due to the large number of questions surrounding fall school re-entry, the Board approved a recommendation to move Clyde Erwin and Northwoods Elementary from the year-round to the traditional calendar for the 20-21 school year. This change gives all our families a definite start date for school and allows development of effective and efficient plans for safely reopening in the fall. 

    Parents who attend, or have elected to attend, either Clyde Erwin or Northwoods Elementary through the district’s magnet process should contact their child’s school if they have questions about impacts of this calendar revision. 

    Complete information on the required changes and copies of the revised school calendars have been posted here on the OCS district website: Calendar Revisions

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED 

    School buildings may be closed, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Each week, OCS will be sharing a virtual art show in the series, “Creativity Unmasked.” Check out the fourth installment below!  

     

    PARENT WORKSHOPS 

    Next week, the OCS Military Family Life Counseling Program will host a series of parent workshops. All sessions are free and open to the public. See here for a list of session topics and times: OCS Parent Workshops. 

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING 

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for May 25-29!      

    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020  

    Show appreciation for those who serve the children of Onslow County by filling out your census form! The data you provide could bring funding to our community for childcare and other social programs that benefit families. Visit 2020census.gov for more information. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on May 19, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 15, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/15/2020 5:10:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week. See below for the latest district news and updates. 

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES    

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information

    PURPLE STAR RECOGNITIONS 

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has launched the Purple Star Award Designation initiative this school year to recognize the state’s strong military presence and its support for military families. The Purple Star designation is awarded to schools that demonstrate military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families.    

    Eight Onslow County schools have been awarded the inaugural 2019-20 Purple Star Award Designation: Carolina Forest International Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Jacksonville Commons Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Northwoods Elementary, Richlands High, Sand Ridge Elementary, and Southwest Elementary. 

    Way to go and thank you for all you do! 

    DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMS  

    Is your child starting kindergarten in August? Consider enrolling in a Dual Language Immersion program! DLI is a Spanish-immersion program offered at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School, Hunters Creek Elementary, Sand Ridge Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary and Stateside Elementary. Learn more about DLI and how to send your child to one of the programs here: DLI Information.  

    STORIES FROM THE PANDEMIC

    JHS art teacher Bernie Rosage gives a career development talk

    OCS has a new series of articles named “Stories from the Pandemic.” This series will give you a glimpse into what OCS staff and students are doing to stay engaged remotely during the pandemic. New this week: TAs play a vital role in remote learning, career development continues virtually, and more. You can find the articles here: Stories from the Pandemic.   

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED   

    School buildings may be closed, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Each week, OCS will be sharing a virtual art show in the series, “Creativity Unmasked.” Check out the third installment below! 

     

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING    

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for May 18-22!     

    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning.  

    CENSUS 2020 

    2020 Census  

    Did you know that the answers you provide for the census help determine how money is distributed to fund school lunch programs? Complete your census form today to show your support for our local school lunch program! Visit 2020census.gov for more information.  

    BOE MEETING MAY 19 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, May 19 at 9 a.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd. The purpose of the meeting will be to consider approval of a revised 2020-2021 school calendar which conforms to recently enacted state legislation. 

    In compliance with current limitations on the size of gatherings, participants present in the meeting room will be limited. A monitor will be available for limited viewing, but no more than ten individuals may congregate.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 8, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/8/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! As we bring this year’s staff appreciation week to a close, we would like to thank each and every staff member for all they do to support education in Onslow County.  

    Since the closure of school buildings in March, our staff have worked hard to launch emergency remote learning procedures for around 20,000 daily Microsoft Teams users, serve more than 400,000 meals to those who need it, repair more than 1,500 devices to keep everyone connected and ensure that our staff, students and families are taken care of.  

    To our staff, thank you for being part of what makes OCS great!  

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES   

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.   

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 

    Kindergarten Information  

    Beginning May 11, parents in Onslow County will have the opportunity to complete kindergarten registration online. OCS is working with Scribbles Software to offer the ScribEnroll online enrollment solution. The addition of the ScribEnroll platform allows parents to conveniently complete kindergarten enrollment and schools can more easily manage processes and documentation while tracking and reporting on trends in real time. 

    The registration site will be housed on the OCS district website and any child domiciled in Onslow County who will reach age five on or before August 31, 2020 is eligible to enroll. 

    You can find more on kindergarten registration at https://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/kinder

    STORIES FROM THE PANDEMIC 

    A kindergarten student and her "flat teacher"  

    This week, OCS introduced a new series of articles named “Stories from the Pandemic.” This series will give you a glimpse into what OCS staff and students are doing to stay engaged remotely during the pandemic. You can find the articles here: Stories from the Pandemic.  

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED  

    School buildings may be closed, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Each week, OCS will be sharing a virtual art show in the series, “Creativity Unmasked.” Check out the second installment below! 

     

    PARENT WORKSHOPS 

    Next week, the OCS Military Family Life Counseling Program will host a series of parent workshops. All sessions are free and open to the public. See here for a list of session topics and times: OCS Parent Workshops

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING   

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for May 11-15!    
    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning.   

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020  

    This week, we celebrated employee and teacher appreciation week. Did you know that the best way to thank a teacher is to respond to the census? The data you provide the U.S. Census Bureau determine where millions of dollars-worth of aid for education, social programs and infrastructure are allocated each year. Learn more at 2020census.gov.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD  

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on May 5, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 1, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/1/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week. Catch up on all the latest district news and announcements below. 

    SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY 

    School Lunch Hero Day  

    Today was School Lunch Hero Day, and we would like to sincerely thank each of our OCS school nutrition staff members for the work they have done the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the work they have always done to serve our students.  

    We love and appreciate you all! Join us next week for a full week of OCS staff appreciation!  

    Join in on the OCS love by thanking a staff member you appreciate by sending a letter, writing an email or posting about them on social media using #ocseveryday.  

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES  

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.  

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED 

    School buildings may be closed, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Each week, OCS will be sharing a virtual art show in the series, “Creativity Unmasked.” Check out the first installment below! 

     

    VIRTUAL PARENT WORKSHOPS 

    Next week, the OCS Military Family Life Counseling Program will host a series of parent workshops. All sessions are free and open to the public. See below for session subjects and times:  

    Virtual Parent Workshops  

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING  

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for May 4-8!   

    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on April 27, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board

    BOE MEETING MAY 5 

    The Onslow County Board of Education meeting will be held Tuesday, May 5, at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. There will be a public hearing on the proposed FY2020-2021 Local Current Expense and Capital Outlay budgets at 6:00 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.  

    In order to practice appropriate social distancing and comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders due to the current COVID-19 State of Emergency, the number of participants present in the meeting room will be limited. A monitor will be available at the Regional Skills Center for viewing, but no more than ten individuals may congregate at one time. A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby of the Skills Center for those wishing to address the board during the public hearing or either comment period of the regular meeting. Speakers will be individually granted access to the meeting room at the appropriate time.  

    Agenda items for the regular meeting include a COVID-19 remote update and the approval of the FY2020-2021 local current expense and capital outlay budgets. 

    CENSUS 2020 

    2020 Census Challenge  

    It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census. Once you've responded, encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete the census, too. Responding now will minimize the need for census takers to go out into communities to follow up. 

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools 

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