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Start of School Campaign

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, 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.

View the 2018 Start of School Summit Presentation Materials

Click on the icons below to learn more about our five priorities for strengthening the 2018-19 start of school.

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Checklist of 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 the 2018-19 school year for your LEA. Download a copy of this checklist.

Action

Start Date

End Date

Audience*

Resources & Support

Secure transportation arrangements for returning students by completing transportation requests in TOTE. April 1 June 4 Special Ed POC, Transportation POC

2018-19 School Year LEA Transportation Checklist

TOTE Quickstart Guide

Users should contact the TOTE Support Line (202) 576-5520 for answers to additional questions.

Create your school calendars in eSchoolPLUS for summer 2018 extended school year (ESY) and the 2018-19 school year so that we can help you be ready for day one of the new year. April 12 4 weeks prior to your first day of school Data Manager

eSchoolPLUS LEA Calendar Guide

Submit additional questions through the OSSE Support Tool

Use information from the Qlik Early Access applications to inform planning for incoming English Learners and students with disabilities. LEAs should be sure to check the EL app once the 2017-18 school year ACCESS scores are released in late July. April 27 Until your LEA completes the 2017-18 school year to 2018-19 school year, year-end SIS transition EL POC, Special Ed POC

Early Access to English Learners: Technical Guide

Early Access to English Learners: User Tips for LEAs

Early Access to Students with Disabilities: User Tips

Submit additional questions through the OSSE Support Tool

Prepare for a seamless switchover of your student information system (SIS) from 2017-18 to 2018-19 school year by completing the LEA data mapping tool and scheduling a configuration session (through the tool) with OSSE’s IT team. May 1 4 weeks prior to the first day of your school year Data Manager, Technical POC

LEA Data Mapping User Guide**

Submit additional 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. May 1 June 1, additionally as needed Data Manager

Points of Contact Guide

Submit additional questions through the OSSE Support Tool

Complete your SIS configuration session to map your student information system to SLED. May 1 3 weeks prior ti the first day of your school year Data Manager

Data Manager Checklist

Submit additional questions through the OSSE Support Tool

Attend our Start of School Summit to hear important updates and policy changes that impact the start of school and to receive critical trainings on topics such as the enrollment audit and serving pre-k students with disabilities.

June 12

(Make-up date: Aug. 1)

June 12

(Make-up date: Aug. 1)

LEA-level staff, specifically Data Managers and English Learner, Enrollment Audit, Special Ed, and Transportation POCs

Summit registration is now open.

For more information, including an agenda, visit the 2018-19 Start of School OSSE webpage

Work with your DAR liaison and our new application, LEA Feed Management, to resolve outstanding data errors and ensure that your 2018-19 data is flowing accurately into SLED.

July 15 3 weeks prior to the first day of your school year Data Manager Additional resources for LEA Feed Management coming soon**
Get ready for a smooth 2018-19 enrollment audit by reviewing the Enrollment Audit Handbook. July 18 Through end of enrollment audit Enrollment Audit POC Submit questions through the OSSE Support Tool
Secure transportation arrangements for students new to your LEA by completing transportation requests in TOTE. Following your LEA completing the 2017-18 school year to 2018-19 school year, year-end SIS transition 2 weeks prior to the student’s first day of school Special Ed POC, Transportation POC

2018-19 School Year LEA Transportation Checklist

TOTE Quickstart Guide

Users should contact the TOTE Support Line (202) 576-5520 for answers to questions

Use OSSE support resources to troubleshoot data system issues, as well as the OSSE Support Tool to get help with tougher challenges. As needed As needed 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.

*Audience listed represents the primary LEA point of contact (POC) OSSE believes may be best positioned to complete the action; however, these roles may vary from LEA to LEA. OSSE communicates with these points of contact as defined in eSchoolPlus.

**Additional resources will be shared directly via email to points of contact (as identified in eSchoolPlus) and posted on OSSE’s Start of School website.