What's New?
  • Updated Cell Phone Policy

    OCS is committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment for all our students. In recent years, we have seen an increase in the use of cell phones by students during school hours. While cell phones can be a valuable tool for learning, we have found that their use can also be a distraction and a source of conflict.    

    To address these concerns, and, as part of the ongoing review of the district’s policies, in February the Board of Education updated the district’s cell phone policy (Policy Code 4318: Use of Wireless Communication Devices).  

    Effective with the start of the 2023-2024 school year, students are permitted to have cell phones and other wireless communication devices on campus, so long as the devices are not activated, used, displayed, or visible during the instructional day or as otherwise directed by school rules or school personnel.    

    We understand that this change may be inconvenient for some students and parents. However, we believe that it is in the best interest of our students to create a learning environment that is free from distractions.

  • Standardized Bell Times

    Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year, OCS will operate on standardized daily starting and ending times across the different grade levels. The district’s elementary schools will begin at 8:30 a.m. with bus dismissal at 3:30 p.m. OCS middle schools will begin at 7:30 a.m. with bus dismissal at 2:40 p.m., while the district’s high schools will begin at 7:00 a.m. with bus dismissal at 2:10 p.m.    

    The Onslow Early College High School operates on a separate transportation schedule and will maintain their 9:30 a.m. start time with dismissal at 4:30 p.m. The Onslow County Learning Center (OCLC) will operate from 8:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. and the Eastern NC Regional Skills Center will hold classes from 7:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.   

    Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School will begin at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss at 2:45 p.m., while Northwoods Elementary Magnet School will start at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:00 p.m.     

    Read more about this upcoming change and its benefits: OCS Standardizes Bell Schedule

  • OCS Security Update

    Onslow County Schools has purchased 15 new walk-through metal detectors. This includes two for each high school and one to be located at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. This equipment is intended to be used at special events, not for daily school entry.  

    District administrators are currently developing procedures for use, and implementation of the devices will begin as soon as staff have received proper training.