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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.​


Understanding Health Education in California

​The California Board 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 iconCalendar 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.​


COVID-19 update: State superintendent says schools, districts should plan on student dismissals extending to summer

COVID-19 update: State superintendent says schools, districts should plan on student dismissals extending to summer

March 31 , 2020

OCDE continues to track the latest developments related to the COVID-19 respiratory illness while working closely with partner agencies including the Orange County Health Care Agency and local school districts. Here are additional sources for updated information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) California’s COVID-19 guidance Orange County Health Care Agency OC closures and […]

OCDE curates distance learning resources for educators, counselors and families

OCDE curates distance learning resources for educators, counselors and families

March 30 , 2020

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. Curated by a diverse team of instructional leaders and technology specialists, OCDE’s new Instructional Continuity website can be found at https://ocde.instructure.com/courses/224. “With the determination that […]

Cal State Fullerton program honors three educators from OCDE, Westminster School District

Cal State Fullerton program honors three educators from OCDE, Westminster School District

March 27 , 2020

An associate superintendent and two alternative education teachers at the Orange County Department of Education were among dozens of educators recently honored by Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education. Dr. Christine Olmstead, who leads OCDE’s Educational Services division, and ACCESS teachers Sonia Torres and Allen Witten were celebrated as Honored Educators during the college’s Honor […]

OCDE’s Harbor Learning Center shows ‘virtual doesn’t have to be impersonal’

OCDE’s Harbor Learning Center shows ‘virtual doesn’t have to be impersonal’

March 26 , 2020

Up until recently, students at OCDE’s Harbor Learning Center had been working in a sustainable garden with teacher Marianne Taylor, who specializes in agriculture and natural resources. Statewide social distancing means group activities have come to a halt for the time being, but the HLC staff is leveraging teleconferencing technology to bring these kinds of […]