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Please give us feedback on how we did this year with our Start of School Campaign!
Take our survey, open until Sept. 30.

At OSSE, we recognize that the start of school is a critical time for the local education agencies and families we serve. That’s why this year, as part of our ongoing focus on responsive and consistent service, we’re seeking to transform the way that our education partners experience the start of school with OSSE.

We began by asking our education partners for feedback on how we could support them better during this critical time, and based on that, we’re making improvements along five core priorities this year. Click on the icons to explore them!


10 Things We Need to Help You Get Start-of-School Ready

We need your help!  Completing the items below will go a long way toward ensuring that OSSE can effectively support a great start of school for your LEA. Download a copy of this checklist.


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Resources & Support

Complete this short survey for your LEA to share some key information that will help us prepare for your successful start to 2017-18 school year May 18 June 2 Head of School/Executive Director Access the survey here
Create your school calendars in eSchoolPLUS for 2016-17 ESY, 2016-17 summer school so we can help get you ready by day one of the new year April 4 June 2 Data Manager eSchoolPLUS LEA Calendar Guide [PDF] and Points of Contact Guide [PDF]; Send questions through the OSSE Support Tool
Update your LEA’s points of contact in eSchoolPLUS, especially those identified as priority so we can provide timely communications to the right people on your team April 4 June 2 as needed Data Manager eSchoolPLUS LEA Calendar Guide [PDF] and Points of Contact Guide [PDF]; Send questions through the OSSE Support Tool
Secure transportation arrangements for returning students by completing transportation requests in TOTE May 1 June 5 Special Ed POC, Transportation POC
TOTE Support Line: (202) 576-5520
Get ready for a smooth 2017-18 enrollment audit by reviewing the new and improved Enrollment Audit Handbook   Aug. 3** Enrollment Audit POC Send questions to [email protected]; more resources coming soon.
Attend our Start of School Summit with your team to build critical skills for navigating OSSE's data systems and solving data-related challenges together. See agenda here.   Aug. 4 LEA Leader, Special Ed POC, Data Manager, Enrollment Audit POC, Homeless Liaison Register here
Secure transportation arrangements for students new to your LEA by completing transportation requests in TOTE July 10 2 weeks before the student's first day of school Special Ed POC, Transportation POC
TOTE Support Line: (202) 576-5520
Prepare for an error-free switchover of your student information system (SIS) from 2016-17 to 2017-18 school year by completing the LEA data mapping tool and scheduling a configuration session with OSSE’s IT team May 1 3 weeks before the first day of your school year Data Manager, Technical POC LEA Data Mapping User Guide [PDF]; send questions through the OSSE Support Tool
Use information from the Qlik Early Access application to inform your planning for incoming students with disabilities May 1 Ongoing through Oct. 5 LEA Leader, Special Ed POC Early Access to Students with Disabilities Data Application: User Tips for LEAs; Send questions to [email protected]
Use our support resources to troubleshoot data system issues and use the OSSE Support Tool for getting help with tougher challenges   Ongoing Data Manager, Special Ed, Enrollment Audit POC Check out our data systems resources; send outstanding questions to the OSSE Support Tool

See the complete start-of-school calendar.

*The audience represents the primary point of contact (POC) with OSSE who we believe is responsible for completing the requested task.

**Updated to reflect actual release date.