OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, September 18, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/18/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    OCS RETURN TO LEARN 

    Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced that, no earlier than October 5, school systems across the state have the flexibility to bring their elementary students back following Plan A. 

    District staff are reviewing the Governor's information and looking at how this decision will be implemented in OCS. More details will be shared in the coming days. 

    IMMUNIZATION CLINIC 

    The Onslow County Health Department will be hosting another Saturday, in-house Immunization Clinic for area students ages 11 years and older on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Carolina state-required vaccines, including Tdap and meningococcal, will be offered for rising 5th to 7th and 11th to 12th graders. Recommended vaccines, like HPV and influenza, will also be offered. The parent accompanying children to their appointments may schedule a flu vaccine appointment for themselves at the same time. 

    Appointments are required. Call 910-347-2154 ext. 8810 to schedule an appointment. See below for more information.   

    Immunization Clinic Information  

    REGISTER TO VOTE 

    The deadline to register to vote is approaching! If you would like to make your voice heard in November’s election and are not yet registered to vote, be sure to do so by October 9!  

    You can learn how to register, check your status, and find your polling place all on the Onslow County Board of Elections website.  

    See below for more important dates regarding the upcoming election: 

    Important Election Dates  

    2020 CENSUS 

    September 30 is the deadline to complete the census! Currently, Onslow County has a self-response rate of just 56.7 percent. With your help, we can get a complete count for our community! 

    Your response to the census could help our community gain access to millions of dollars in federal funding over the next 10 years. If you have already submitted your census form, check in with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to do the same!  

    You can learn more about the census and how to respond at 2020census.gov.  

    COLLEGE PREP EVENTS 

    Attention high school students and families! We have a number of events coming up this fall that will provide students and families opportunities to learn about colleges, funding for college, Governor’s school, and the NC School of Science and Math. Below is a list of upcoming events. You can download a PDF of this list with clickable links here: https://bit.ly/33DykYJ  

    College Event Information  

    BOE MEETING SEPTEMBER 21 

    On Monday, September 21, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center.  

    Due to COVID-19, the number of participants present in the meeting room will be limited. Face coverings will be required. A monitor will also be available at the Regional Skills Center for viewing.  

    Agenda items for the meeting include the discussion of Return to Learn plans.  

    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, September 11, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/11/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    IMMUNIZATION CLINIC 

    During an ordinary school year, proof of required immunizations and health assessments must be received within 30 days of when a child first attends school. Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 156 extends this deadline. This year, the 30-day “grace period” for all students will begin on October 1, 2020, meaning proof of all required immunizations is required no later than October 31, 2020. 

    The Onslow County Health Department will be hosting another Saturday, in-house Immunization Clinic for area students ages 11 years and older on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Carolina State required vaccines, including Tdap and meningococcal, will be offered for rising 5th to 7th and 11th to 12th graders. Recommended vaccines, like HPV and influenza, will also be offered. The parent accompanying children to their appointments may schedule a flu vaccine appointment for themselves at the same time.

    Even though the deadline has been extended, we urge all parents not to delay. If any parents have children that still need state-required immunizations, we encourage them to make an appointment and take advantage of this great opportunity provided by the Health Department. 

    Appointments are required. Call 910-347-2154 ext. 8810 to schedule an appointment. See below for more information.  

    Immunization Clinic Information  

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020  

    Time is running out to complete the 2020 Census! If you haven’t completed the 2020 Census yet, you can still respond online, by phone, or by mail until September 30. If a census taker comes to your home, please cooperate; the U.S. Census Bureau keeps your answers safe and confidential.  

    Census results shape the future of communities, as census data informs how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, school lunch programs, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years.  

    Currently, Onslow County has a self-response rate of just 55.9 percent. You can help our community work toward a complete count by completing the census and encouraging those around you to do so as well. See 2020census.gov for more information. 

    COLLEGE WORKSHOP  

    On October 1 at 6 p.m., The College Foundation of North Carolina is offering a free 1-hour workshop on Making College Accessible and Affordable for families in Onslow County. Topics on the agenda include FAFSA, scholarships and residency.   

    If interested, you can register at http://bit.ly/OnslowCFNC or contact Brittany Privott at Brittany.Privott@cfi.org for more information.   

    SCHOOL EXPRESS  

    The School Express program allows businesses in our area to partner with the school system by offering discounts to OCS employees. If you own a business and would like to offer a discount on your product or services to employees of Onslow County Schools, you can fill out the online participation form here: School Express Participation Form. A list of participating businesses will be sent out to the nearly 4,000 OCS employees. Discounts and offers are accepted on a rolling basis and our discount list will be updated periodically. If your offer has a set expiration date, please indicate that date in the form, otherwise it will remain on our list until you request to have it removed. Thank you for your support of Onslow County Schools! 

    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, September 4, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/4/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Find the latest district news and updates below.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Labor Day graphic  

    In observance of the Labor Day holiday, there will be no school for students or staff on Monday, September 7. We would like to remind our families that the A/B Cohort days will not be adjusted for holidays or missed days of school. So, next week, we will see Cohort A students in person on Tuesday, all students will learn remotely on Wednesday, and we will see Cohort B for in-person instruction on Thursday and Friday.  

    Have a safe and restful holiday weekend! 

    SCHOOL NUTRITION INFORMATION  

    Great news! OCS has been notified that the USDA summer nutrition program waiver allowing school systems to provide free meals has been extended until December 31. This means that until December 31, every school-age child 18 years or younger who lives in Onslow County will be eligible to receive meals while in school, or from any of our Student Nutrition Hub sites, at no cost. 

    Meals will be available to students at their home school when they are on campus for in-person learning. On days when students are participating in remote learning and are not on campus, and for our students in the Onslow Virtual School, meals will be available for curbside pick-up during scheduled meal hours at the School Nutrition Hub sites. For state accountability purposes, a student ID must be shown for curbside meal pickup. 

    You can find more information, including hub sites and pick-up times here: School Nutrition Information.  

    OCS TOY ANNOUNCED 

    Dr. Zadda Bazzy  

    Congratulations to Dr. Zadda Bazzy, the 2020-2021 Onslow County Schools Teacher of the Year!  

    Dr. Bazzy, a music teacher at Queens Creek Elementary School, spent 19 years in education in Manatee County, Florida, before joining the staff at QCE in 2017.  

    When it comes to teaching, Dr. Bazzy said she has found that a student-centered approach is the best way to ensure that students feel  empowered to take charge of their own learning. She said, “when teachers choose to relinquish their position as the ‘sage on the stage’ and transition to a ‘guide on the side,’ student engagement and higher order thinking increases dramatically.”  

    One of the biggest challenges in her career, Dr. Bazzy said, was the transition to virtual instruction in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, she says she chooses to see obstacles as opportunities.  

    “One can find unexpected blessings in these unprecedented times,” Bazzy said. “My students have developed digital literacy and digital citizenship skills, and I personally have grown as an educator more in the last few months than I have in the last several years.” 

    Next, Dr. Bazzy will go on to compete at the regional level. Winners at the regional level will compete for North Carolina Teacher of the Year. 

    CENSUS 2020 

    The deadline to complete the 2020 Census is fast approaching, but it’s not too late! If you have not yet completed your census form, please do so by September 30. Your responses to the census could help bring millions of dollars’ worth of federal and state funding to Onslow County.  

    Find out more about the census and how to respond at 2020census.gov

    OCS ATHLETICS UPDATE 

    Beginning September 7, a new set of OCS administrative guidelines regarding athletics will take effect. You can read a full list of new guidelines here: OCS Athletics Information.  

    COLLEGE WORKSHOP 

    On October 1 at 6 p.m., The College Foundation of North Carolina is offering a free 1-hour workshop on Making College Accessible and Affordable for families in Onslow County. Topics on the agenda include FAFSA, scholarships and residency.  

    If interested, you can register at http://bit.ly/OnslowCFNC or contact Brittany Privott at Brittany.Privott@cfi.org for more information.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on September 1 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, August 28, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/28/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great second week of the 2020-2021 school year. Read below for the latest district news and updates.  

    COVID COMMUNICATION PROCEDURES 

    The new academic year is underway, and we realize that you may have questions about what will happen if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at your child’s school. The following procedures have been developed to make sure families get the information they need. As circumstances develop and district staff review communication processes, these procedures may be subject to change.  

    OCS will report suspected, presumptive, or positive cases of COVID-19 to the Onslow County Health Department and work with them for follow-up and contact tracing. If a person with COVID-19 was in an OCS facility while infectious, we will coordinate with local health officials to notify affected employees and families.    

    Because of our obligation to protect the privacy of students and employees, the district cannot release specific information about a confirmed case. The names of the people affected, and other personally identifiable information, will be provided to public health officials in accordance with reporting requirements; however, this information will not be released to the public or the media.   

    Under current procedures, unless a positive COVID-19 case results in a significant disruption of a campus’ ability to safely operate or deliver instruction, only those identified as close contacts will be notified.   

    These guidelines, as well as other important information regarding COVID-19, can be found in the OCS Return-to-Learn Parent Guide on the district website. 

    SCHOOL NUTRITION INFORMATION 

    Monday, August 31 will be the last day that meals will be available to children free of charge. Beginning Tuesday, September 1, families who do not receive meal benefits should be prepared to pay full price for any meals. Families, regardless of meal benefit status, should also be prepared to show their student’s OCS ID badge/card at point-of-pick-up.  

    Carry-over meal benefit status from last school year will expire on September 28. To begin receiving meal benefits or prevent a lapse in coverage, please complete and submit your application as soon as possible.   

    Meals will be available to students at their home school when they are on campus for in-person learning. On days when students are participating in remote learning and are not on campus, meals will be available for curbside pickup by students or parents at a School Nutrition Hub site. For details regarding hub sites and pickup times, please see the OCS website here: Student Nutrition Updates

    Cash payments will not be accepted at nutrition hub sites, so all families are encouraged to take advantage of our online K12PaymentCenter service. 

    TECC BEST OF THE BEST 

    Vote for TECC!  

    Thompson Early Childhood Center is in the running to be named the best preschool in the area in the Jacksonville Daily News Best of the Best competition! 

    Head over to www.jdnews.com to cast your vote and show your love for TECC!  

    BOE MEETING SEPTEMBER 1 

    On Tuesday, September 1, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center.  

    Due to COVID-19, the number of participants present in the meeting room will be limited. Face coverings will be required. A monitor will also be available at the Regional Skills Center for viewing.  

    A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby of the Skills Center for those wishing to address the Board during either comment period of the regular meeting. If space is not available in the meeting room, speakers will be individually granted access to address the Board at the appropriate time.  

    Agenda items for the meeting include a Census moment, a scholarship report, and a Return-to-Learn update.  

    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, August 21, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/21/2020 5:00:00 PM

    OCS Families, 

    We would like to thank all our students, staff, and families for a great opening to the 2020-2021 academic year. After five months away from the classrooms, it was exciting to see students back at our schools! With the successful conclusion of our first week, we hope everyone has a better feel for our new schedule. 

    District and school staff will be taking a close look at what has worked well, and what still needs to be improved, as we refine our processes and procedures. Moving ahead with this new school year, the health and well-being of our OCS school community will continue to be our number one priority. We will remain focused on taking the extra steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff.   

    We appreciate your support, flexibility and understanding. Have a great weekend and be sure to check out the rest of this latest edition of the OCS Weekly Update. 

    OCS student with mask  

    STUDENT NUTRITION INFORMATION 

    Student Nutrition Info  

    Through a waiver from the USDA, OCS will continue to provide meals free of charge for all students through August 31. The current waiver expires at that time. Beginning September 1, parents of students who do not receive meal benefits should be prepared to pay full price for any meals.  

    Meals will be available to students at their home school when they are on campus for in-person learning. On days when students are participating in remote learning and are not on campus, meals will be available at School Nutrition Hub sites.  

    You can find more information about Student Nutrition procedures for 2020-2021 here: Student Nutrition Updates.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS Bus Driver  

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the August 25-27 driver class are due no later than Friday, August 21. You can find more information on the application process here: OCS Bus Driver Classes.

    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, August 14, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/14/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! See below for the latest district news and updates. We will see you Monday for the start of the new school year! 

    A MESSAGE FROM DR. COLLINS 

     

    TOP 10 THINGS TO REMEMBER  

    As the first day of school approaches, here are the top 10 things we would like our families to remember in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and make 2020-2021 a successful school year:  

    1. Stay Home if You’re Sick 

    • Staff and students who are feeling ill, have a fever, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home.  

    2. Wear a Face Covering 

    • Face coverings are one of the simplest methods proven to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staff and students will be required to wear a face covering for the majority of the day while on campus. Please familiarize your child with the proper way to wear a face covering. See the OCS Return to Learn Parent Guide for more information about appropriate types of face coverings, when students can take breaks from their coverings, etc.  

    3. Social Distancing will be in Practice 

    • Staff and students will all be expected to practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible while on school-provided transportation and on school campuses. Classroom, cafeteria, transportation and recreation processes will all be arranged with social distancing in mind.  

    4. Hand Hygiene 

    • Maintaining good hand hygiene is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. There will be times built in throughout the day for students and staff to take breaks to wash their hands or sanitize.  

    5. Staff and Student Health Screenings 

    • Upon arrival to school, all students and staff members will be administered health screening questions and will have their temperatures checked. If a student has a temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or indicates symptoms or contact through screening procedures, they will be taken to a health waiting area while staff contacts their parents or guardians.  

    6. All Instruction will be Rigorous and Meaningful 

    • This year, whether your student will be in our buildings or joining us remotely, they will be taught rigorous content that aligns with North Carolina’s grade-level standards.  

    7. Visitors will be Limited 

    • To help protect the health and safety of our community, visitors to the schools will be limited and should enter the building only if necessary.  

    8. Social and Emotional Health 

    • The outbreak of COVID-19 can be stressful for many. Schools will continue to play an important role in helping students and staff cope and build resilience. All students will have access to school social workers and counselors. See the Return to Learn Parent Guide for more information and resources.  

    9. Cleaning and Disinfecting is a Priority 

    • All buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected throughout the day, after school, and every Wednesday while students are learning remotely.  

    10. Healthy Schools Start at Home 

    • Practicing illness prevention at home and familiarizing your children with how to wear a face covering and properly wash their hands will help schools maintain the health of the school community. We look forward to partnering with our families to ensure a safe return to school!  

    For more detailed information regarding all of the above topics and more, please see the OCS Return to Learn Guide on the district website.  

    STUDENT NUTRITION INFORMATION

    As you plan for the new school year, please check the district website for information regarding school nutrition. 

    Through a waiver from the USDA, OCS will continue to provide meals free of charge for all students through August 31. The current waiver expires at that time. Beginning September 1, parents of students who do not receive meal benefits should be prepared to pay full price for any meals.

    Meals will be available to students at their home school when they are on campus for in-person learning. On days when students are participating in remote learning and are not on campus, meals will be available at a School Nutrition Hub sites. 

    You can find more information about Student Nutrition procedures for 2020-2021 here: Student Nutrition Updates

    SCHOOL CASH ONLINE 

    SchoolCashOnline  

    Given the ongoing concerns over COVID-19, OCS continues to look for ways to improve convenience for our families and institute practices which will reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. To do this, the district is now providing our school community the option of a new online payment system, School Cash Online. This system will minimize cash and check payments at our schools and allow parents to make online payments from home.  

    Through School Cash Online, parents can pay registration fees, course fees, field trips, yearbooks, spirit wear, athletic fees and more! This platform will not replace the current system we have in place to prepay for your student’s meal accounts.   

    You can learn more about School Cash Online and how to register at https://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/schoolcash.   

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on August 11 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, August 7, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/7/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

     

    OCS ARTS INFORMATION 

    JHS marching band students practice while social distancing  

    Arts Education is alive and well throughout Onslow County Schools this year! In addition to teaching skills and concepts, arts education instruction is essential to and enhances the social and emotional health of our students. The sense of community, awareness of and desire for the welfare of others, and the interpersonal skills fostered in arts education classes are needed now more than ever. Arts education will continue to provide opportunities for students to explore, process, and express their emotions and lived experiences in a safe and supportive environment.  

    A wide array of arts education opportunities will be available to K-12 OCS students. Our arts educators are excited to welcome your children back to school and have worked diligently to ensure students are provided with the best in-person and virtual learning experiences.  All K-5 students will receive visual arts and music instruction in their homeroom teachers’ classroom this fall.  All 6-12 students will also be provided with the opportunity to take arts education classes. 

    While some instructional approaches will be different to maintain safety for everyone, teachers will continue to provide "Excellence in Arts Education." 

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS 

    School starts in just over a week! If you have not yet checked out your student’s school supply list, please visit your school’s website to find it.  

    Please contact your school if you have trouble finding your list of needed supplies.  

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

    Attention OCS staff: The 2020-2021 First Semester and Year-Long Professional Development Publication and registration form are now available on the OCS website. Both documents can be accessed here: OCS Professional Development. To view these documents you will need to be logged in to the county website. The publication is updated often, so please revisit it when looking for professional learning opportunities.  

    BOE MEETING AUGUST 11 

    On Tuesday, August 11, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center.  

    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. Face coverings will be required. A monitor will also be available at the Regional Skills Center for viewing. 

    A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby of the Skills Center for those wishing to address the board during either comment period of the regular meeting. If space is not available in the meeting room, speakers will be individually granted access to address the Board at the appropriate time. 

    Agenda items for the meeting include construction updates for Coastal Elementary and the West Central Elementary School, demolition plans for portions of the old Richlands Elementary School, a Return to Learn update, and an Instructional Technology focus item on remote learning. 

    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, July 31, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 7/31/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    OCS REOPENING INFORMATION 

    As the new school year approaches, we want to ensure that our staff and families are well-informed and well-prepared for the new school landscape.  

    Families can find a full guide, with information regarding safety precautions, health screenings, transportation, academics and more, here, on the district’s reopening site: Reopening Guide for Families.

    A similar guide, specifically written with staff in mind, can be found here: Reopening Guide for Employees

    In case you missed it, the video below explains the district’s plans for implementing Plan B. Families can expect to be assigned a cohort, which will attend school either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. All students will be learning remotely on Wednesdays. Information regarding cohort assignments will be going out to families next week.  

     

    CENSUS 2020 

    So far, only 53.3 percent of Onslow County’s population has responded to the 2020 Census. We still have time to get a complete count!  

    Next week, August 3-10, will mark the launch of the “Avoid the Knock” campaign. Beginning, August 11, census workers will begin going door-to-door to collect census responses. To “Avoid the Knock” and eliminate the need for an in-person interaction with a census employee, be sure to take the time next week to submit your census form. 

    You can learn more at 2020census.gov.  

    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, July 24, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 7/24/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    SCHOOL CASH ONLINE 

    Given the ongoing concerns over COVID-19, OCS continues to look for ways to improve convenience for our families and institute practices which will reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. To do this, the district will soon be providing our school community the option of a new online payment system, School Cash Online. This system will minimize cash and check payments at our schools and allow parents to make online payments from home. 

    Through School Cash Online, parents can pay registration fees, course fees, field trips, yearbooks, spirit wear, athletic fees and more! This platform will not replace the current system we have in place to prepay for your student’s meal accounts.  

    You can learn more about School Cash Online at https://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/schoolcash.  

    NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION 

    Families new to the district no longer need to register their children for school in person. Registration for new students, grades K-12, is now available online.  

    You can learn more about how to register a new student online here: Online Registration.  

    Please note, this platform does not allow families to enroll in Onslow Virtual School, which hosted a separate registration process. If your student is already enrolled in a school in Onslow County, there is no need for you to re-register your child with this new tool. 

    If your child is already enrolled at an OCS school, but you have moved within Onslow County since March of this year, please make sure you are enrolled at the correct school, based on your new address.  

    1:1 DEVICES FOR REMOTE LEARNING 

    As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, we are excited to share that this year, ALL OCS students will receive a device to support online learning, including grades K-2.  

    Students in kindergarten will receive district-issued iPads, while students in 1st and 2nd grades will be issued laptops. Students in grades 3-12 will receive district-issued laptops, as they do every year.  

    We would also like to commend our OCS Instructional Technology Department for the work they have done to secure MiFi devices and collaborate with state and local officials to identify ways to support students who do not have home internet access.  

    More information regarding upcoming device distributions will be shared as it becomes available.  

    OCHD IMMUNIZATION CLINICS 

    The Onslow County Health Department is hosting two Saturday immunization outreach clinics in Jacksonville in the next couple of weeks. One clinic will be hosted this Saturday, July 25 and another will be held Saturday, August 8. Call 910-347-2154 extension 8810 to make an appointment. See below for more information. 

    Immunization Clinic information  

    SUMMER LUNCH 

    The Summer Food Program in Onslow County will operate July 15-31. Curbside meals will be available free-of-charge to children 18 and under, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the following locations:      

    • Clyde Erwin Elementary School   
    • Dixon Elementary School   
    • Hunters Creek Elementary School   
    • Northwoods Elementary School   
    • Richlands Elementary School   
    • Southwest Elementary School   
    • Jacksonville High School   
    • Southwest High School   
    • Swansboro High School   

    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, July 17, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 7/17/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    OCS REOPENING INFORMATION 

    Last evening, the OCS Board of Education unanimously approved Plan B - Option 1 as the way the district will begin the upcoming school year. To ensure we can better provide the required social distancing, under this option students will be divided into 2 cohorts (A and B), with each cohort attending in-person instruction two days a week: cohort A on Monday and Tuesday and cohort B on Thursday and Friday. All students will be remote on Wednesdays. Wednesdays will also be used for cleaning, planning, tutoring, and more.  

    While Plan B is not an ideal situation for any school system, the option selected by our Board provides students with a better continuity of instruction and allows students and teachers to connect in-person each week.  

    Results of the district Plan B survey showed the option selected was supported by our families and staff. You can find the survey results here: Plan B Survey Results.   

    Further details on the OCS Plan B – Option 1 can be found here: Plan B Information

    ONSLOW VIRTUAL SCHOOL  

    The Onslow Virtual School (OVS) will provide an additional option for families of K-12 students who are interested in a fully online virtual learning experience. Instruction will be provided by licensed teachers using a combination of real-time and self-paced strategies. Students attending OVS will make a year-long commitment to the virtual environment and receive a district-issued device to access their online learning.    

    Any school-aged children in Onslow County may enroll for the upcoming academic year through Wednesday, July 22.  

    Find out more about the Onslow Virtual School here: Onslow Virtual School Information.  

    Interested in enrolling for Fall 2020? Complete the Registration Form!   

    SUMMER LUNCH    

    The Summer Food Program in Onslow County will operate July 15-31. Curbside meals will be available free-of-charge to children 18 and under, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the following locations:     

    • Clyde Erwin Elementary School  
    • Dixon Elementary School  
    • Hunters Creek Elementary School  
    • Northwoods Elementary School  
    • Richlands Elementary School  
    • Southwest Elementary School  
    • Jacksonville High School  
    • Southwest High School  
    • Swansboro High School  

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION  

     

    Kindergarten Registration Information   

    Remember, Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is available 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 is 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

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS  

    OCS Bus Driver   

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the July 28-30 driver class are due no later than Friday, July 24. You can find more information on the application process and future class dates here: OCS Bus Driver Classes.   

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    Summaries and videos from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on July 13 and continued on July 16 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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