Information for OCS Staff
OCS Board Extends Remote Learning to the First Nine Weeks
On July 20, the Board of Education approved a recommendation to start the new school year under Plan C - fully remote for nine weeks. All of our students will start the year fully remote and will receive all instruction online for the first nine weeks. This includes students enrolled in the Virtual Academy and those who will eventually return to school for in-person instruction when it is safe to do so. <For more information>
Overview of Safety and Health Measures
We take the health and safety of our staff very seriously and are working in consultation with the local health department to develop and implement safety procedures that align with NC Department of Health and Human Services requirements and guidelines for public school systems. These safety procedures currently include:
- Wearing face coverings for all staff, adult visitors, middle, and high school students inside school buildings, transportation, and on school grounds
- Conducting daily symptom and temperature screening for all staff, visitors, and students entering the building
- Monitoring individuals for symptoms during the school day
- Teaching and enforcing social distancing
- Teaching and reinforcing regular hand washing and other personal hygiene routines, and make hand sanitizer available in buildings for staff and student use
- Rearranging workspaces, if feasible, to increase distance between individuals
- Conducting remote staff meetings to the greatest extent practicable
- Limiting the use of water fountains and access to staff common areas (e.g., kitchens, break rooms, copy rooms
- Conducting regular cleaning and disinfection in accordance with NCDHHS and CDC guidelines
This is just an overview of the many steps the district is taking to minimize exposure risk and help all employees feel confident in their health and safety at work. These procedures are aligned to current NC DHHS requirements, and may change as needed to ensure public health and/or comply with newly issued guidance from the Governor, legislature, NC DHHS, and other applicable local, state, and federal agencies.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave
Employees who become unable to work or telework due to COVID-19 related reasons may be eligible for two limited and temporary types of leave created by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA): Emergency FMLA and Emergency Paid Sick Leave. Emergency FMLA is available to employees who are unable to work or telework and need to take leave to care for their son or daughter because the child’s school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable due to a COVID-19 related emergency as declared by a local, state, or federal authority. Emergency Paid Sick Leave is available to employees who are unable to work or telework for any one of six specific reasons listed in the Act.
More information about FFCRA leave is available on the OCS intranet, including how to apply.
High Risk Accommodation Requests
Employees who self-identify as high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (as defined by the CDC) and would like to request an accommodation may complete a request form, available on the OCS intranet. The CDC's description of those at high risk is available here.
last updated July 25, 2020
For more information, please contact Teresa Cunningham-Brown, Chief Human Resrouces Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-732-8126.