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When Schools Close

The decision to close or delay schools is a weighty topic. The decision is never taken lightly. There are procedures in place to check current and predicted weather events that may have an impact on road conditions and school operations.  This includes contacting the National Weather Service, Law Enforcement, State Department of Transportation, Orange County Emergency Management, and other agencies.


OCS Earns State Awards in Public Relations and Communications

GREENSBORO, NC 26 JANUARY 2018- School public relations professionals across the state were honored  for the products of their craft during the North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) annual Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications celebration at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro. Thirty-eight school districts out of the 115 schools districts in North Carolina, were recognized for outstanding work with awards in eight categories.  


Announcing our 7th Annual Lego Blitz Build!!!!

The Lego Blitz Competition will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Registration closes on Thursday, February 15th). Please contact if you have any questions.  Registration closes on Thursday, February 15th. Please contact if you have any questions. Inclement weather make up date is Thursday, March 8, 2018.


Orange County Crossing Guard Nominated for National Recognition

Hillsborough, NC – Mr. Anderson Whitted of Central Elementary in Hillsborough, NC has been nominated by Safe Kids Orange County to be recognized in the national ‘America’s Favorite Crossing Guard’ competition. Sponsored by Safe Kids Worldwide and Fed Ex, the annual competition’s goal is to celebrate the important role crossing guards play in keeping school zones safe for students and families.


Continuing the Community’s Tradition of Supporting Public Education

Students face many social and personal problems that complicate their ability to do well in school and inhibit their progress toward becoming productive citizens.  To promote  success in and out of the classroom for our students, Orange County Schools (OCS)  utilizes School Social Workers, Family Specialists (provided through a collaborative with the Orange County Department of Social Services), and a Teen Parent Social Worker.


Community Support to Help our Families in Need

During the months of September and October, Weaver Street Market in Hillsborough provided an opportunity for customers to round-up their final bill at the register to support Orange County Schools (OCS). The round-ups were collected to purchase food for families to enjoy over the winter and spring breaks. In all, $82,315 was raised during  the two month round-up program, and over 360 families will receive healthy, nutritious food for the winter break.


School System Continues to Make Growth in Student Achievement

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 11 DECEMBER 2017- The North Carolina State Board of Education selected the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) as the statewide model for measuring student growth (for example, the End of Course and End of Grade assessments), beginning in the 2011-12 school year.  Along with other sources of data, EVAAS plays a valuable role in the success of North Carolina's schools and students.



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