News from the Board -- May 19, 2020

Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/20/2020 11:00:00 AM


On Tuesday, May 19, the Onslow County Board of Education held a special meeting at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center to discuss necessary changes to the 2020-2021 calendar, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

OCS Chief Communications Officer Brent Anderson presented to the Board the updated calendars that he and his colleagues drafted for the 2020-2021 school year. Mr. Anderson began his presentation by outlining the new calendar requirements outlined by Senate Bill 704, which was recently passed by the NC General Assembly. The bill maintained the standard requirements of exactly 215 days of employment for teachers, and at least 185 instructional days OR 1,025 instructional hours for students. New requirements for next year include a mandatory start date of August 17, the addition of 5 remote instruction days, and the addition of 5 full instructional days.  

The updated traditional calendar presented by Mr. Anderson had a new start date of August 17, an end date of May 28, and the conclusion of high school exams before winter break. The new calendar would have a total of 1,104 instructional hours, and the flexibility to switch out regular instructional days for remote learning days to accommodate any potential weather closures.  

As for Onslow Early College, Mr. Anderson shared that the school is not bound to the August 17 start date, but that their school year will start one day earlier than previously approved. They also will see an addition of 5 instructional days. He said that OCS administrators plan to stay in close contact with Coastal Carolina Community College to see how their plans for resuming in-person or online instruction in the fall will affect OECHS juniors and seniors, as their schedule consist purely of college courses.  

Regarding year-round schools for the 2020-2021 school year, Mr. Anderson said that he and his colleagues recommended moving both of the district’s year-round schools, Northwoods Elementary and Clyde Erwin Elementary, to the traditional calendar. This change would only be in effect for next school year, in order to have all students on the same page and streamline procedures as students return to school buildings.  

The Board unanimously approved all changes.  


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