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​​​Flattening the Curve

Public health experts say minimizing social contact during a pandemic can effectively slow the spread of a virus so communities aren’t hit by a large wave of illnesses all at once. The concept, called “flattening the curve,” is explained above.​


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Strategic Plan 2016-19

OCDE’s vision that Orange County students will lead the nation in college and career readiness and success is outlined, along with eight strategic priorities and key performance indicators.​

Orange County Public Schools Directory

View the online version, or contact Media Services for a printed version.​


Resources for Maintaining Instructional Continuity​

​As school districts across Orange County pivot to distance learning models in real time, OCDE’s Educational Services division has developed a cache of online resources for educators, counselors and families.​

Understanding Health Education in California

​The California B​oard of Education recently approved a new Health Education Framework for public schools, providing optional guidance for K-12 teachers based on the state’s health education standards.

2020 Census Count

​Recognizing the importance of an accurate population count for schools and communities, OCDE is among a number of organizations working to raise awareness in advance of the 2020 census.​​

Professional Learning Opportunities

​OCDE supports student achievement through high-quality training opportunities for teachers, administrators and support staff.

Charter Schools

​Educational options in Orange County include high quality charter schools that emphasize rigorous academic standards, innovative programs and responsible business practices.

Public Notices

​The following public notices are posted for informational purposes for Orange County community members.​​


Calendar icon Calendar of Events

​Check out the latest events, workshops, trainings and activities coming up at OCDE.

Orange County Board of Education Meeting Agenda

Agendas for upcoming Orange County Board of Education meetings are posted at least 72 hours before each session.​


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