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Superintendent Recommends Starting Remotely & Virtual Academy Info Sessions

“In order to take every precaution for our students and staff, I will recommend to the Board of Education that we reopen under Plan C (closed with remote learning) for the first four weeks of school. After that, we will look at the data, and in partnership with the Orange County Department of Health and Human Services and our community, we will reassess our plans,” said Dr. Monique Felder, OCS Superintendent. 

The Orange County Board of Education called an emergency meeting for Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. with one agenda item, reopening schools.

Safety remains the main priority for all Orange County Schools students and staff, while also ensuring that students are supported and continue learning. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 dashboard, the COVID-19 cases in Orange County are increasing. 

“Community transmissions are spiking. We’ve gone from three cases a day to thirty new cases each day,” said Quintana Stewart, Orange County Health Director. 

A new opportunity for OCS students for the 2020-2021 school year is the Orange County Schools Virtual Academy.  The OCS Virtual Academy is a 100% online learning opportunity where students will not have any in-person instruction and is available for K-12 students.  This is not the same as remote learning.  The goal for remote learning is to return to the classroom for in-person learning.  There are unlimited Virtual Academy seats for current or new OCS students.  The deadline to apply is July 21, 2020.  Please plan on a commitment of 9 weeks at the elementary level and a semester at the secondary level.  <application link>

Orange County Schools will hold four information sessions this week for families who are interested in learning more about the OCS Virtual Academy.

Families may submit questions regarding the OCS Virtual Academy prior to the information sessions. The questions will be answered during the sessions and on the OCS Virtual Academy website. <link to submit questions>

“Please know that I too want our students back in our school buildings. I want to hear their laughter and learning fill the hallways; however, now is not the time. The goal of in-person education is the right one, and we will make every effort to get there this fall. We all have a part to play in reopening. Together, we can slow the spread and get back to seeing each other and our students in our school buildings,” said Dr. Felder.