OCS Weekly Updates

  • 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.  

    STUDENT COHORT INFORMATION 

    Student cohort information for the 2020-2021 school year has been posted on the district website. To access your student’s cohort assignment, please see the following web page and enter your zip code and house number in the search tool at the bottom of the page: OCS Cohort Information.

    For example, if your street address is 200 Broadhurst Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540, you will select the 28540 zip code option and enter “200” in the search bar. This will generate a list where you will find your address and cohort assignment.  

    If you cannot find your cohort information using your current address and have recently moved, please search using your previous address information. If your cohort information is listed under your previous address, please reach out to your student’s school to ensure that all your contact information is updated.  

    Thank you for your support and understanding over the past few weeks and in the weeks to come as we continue to work toward safely reopening our schools.  

    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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  • Weekly Update - Friday, July 10, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 7/10/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    ONSLOW VIRTUAL SCHOOL 

    PLEASE NOTE: The Onslow Virtual School has been created as an optional alternative to the traditional, in-person classroom for families who may be uncomfortable sending their children to school in person in the fall.  

    The Onslow Virtual School (OVS) will provide interested students in grades K-12 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 begin service on Wednesday, July 15 and will run through Friday, July 31. Beginning July 15, 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  

    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

    CEEMS DLI LOTTERY APPLICATIONS 

    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

    Information regarding DLI Programs at other OCS sites can be found here: OCS DLI Information

    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.   

    BOE MEETING JULY 13

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Monday, July 13 at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd., Jacksonville, NC.

    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. Individuals attending the meeting are requested to wear a face covering. A monitor will be available at the Regional Skills Center for limited viewing.

    Agenda items include presentation, discussion and approval of 2020-2021 Return to School 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 - 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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