Returning to School
We are committed to challenging and engaging students in relevant, rigorous, and meaningful learning.
Families want options for their children. Many are excited to return to their school buildings; some are not yet ready.
To provide in-person learning options when allowable, state officials requested that school districts develop three plans (A, B, and C) for different learning environments for the 2020-2021 school year. The plans in which we operate are based on state and local officials, NCDPI guidance, and NCDHHS guidance regarding the safe reopening of schools.
Daily In-Person Instruction (Plan A) - GRADES PK-5 and Separate Settings EC, IEP & 504 PK-12
Students in this plan will attend class in the school building with their teachers and classmates Monday - Thursday. Students receive daily, in-person instruction and support from school staff.
Hybrid (Plan B) - Grades 6-12
In-person students in grades 6-12 will continue their current alternating weeks schedules (Monday - Thursday) via Cohorts A and B. This plan will experience a combination of in-person learning in the school building with their teachers and classmates and online instruction.
Fully-Online Instruction (Plan C)
Under this plan, all students will experience fully-online instruction as a result of school closure based on decisions from state and local officials. All learning opportunities will happen remotely and will include recorded and live instructional sessions. Instruction will be accessed through the use of a technology device.
This guide details guidance, expectations, and information specific to our shift to Plan A beginning on April 7, 2021 for our in-person students in K-5. This guide is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), Orange County Health Department (OCHD), and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).
Our top priority in all decisions is the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and community. This guide is subject to updates. If and when the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic change, this guide may also change.
To combat the spread of this virus as a community, the expectation is that all staff, students, and families comply with the procedures, protocols, and requirements outlined in this document and in any linked documents and websites.
In addition, the OCS community is expected to comply with state and local regulations. If state or local requirements differ from the guidance provided below, OCS students and staff will follow the stricter requirements.
Please check the district’s COVID-19 site regularly for the latest information.
Student Compliance and Accountability
Attention and strict adherence to the health safety protocols we have in place are among the most important actions we can take to support safe and successful instruction in our school buildings.