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Teachers are parading through the streets in Omaha to wave at their students through their windows. Erin Rathe [[rath]] is a preschool teacher at Ashland Greenwood Public Schools. She says she led the nearly 60-car parade of teachers wanting to see their students. Rathe said it was all smiles as teachers passed by their students' homes. She says the interaction was also heartbreaking because students and teachers have strong connections and are now separated because of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Omaha Public Schools will remain closed indefinitely to help limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The Omaha district had earlier announced plans for temporary closures that would extend spring breaks to about two weeks, but officials said Monday there now isn't a tentative date to resume classes. District administrators said they will evaluate health conditions every two weeks and consult with local and state officials as they determine when to reopen. The move followed Nebraska Commissioner of Education Matt Blomstedt's request that schools make plans to cancel classes.

OPS Announces COVID-19 Preemptive Measures

Mar 12, 2020
OPS.org / Omaha Public Schools

Omaha Public Schools says that beginning Monday, March 16th, all of its schools will be closed for at least one week to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the area.

In today's announcement, OPS Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan says the decision to close was made after careful consultation with the Douglas County Health Department, as well as state and local officials. 

There were several requests to post online the edited version of Dr. Cheryl Logan's chat with Mike Hogan about the Strategic Plan of Action.  That interview, which aired on "Live & Local" on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, is below.

If you would like to hear the full half hour interview, that can be found here:

https://www.kios.org/post/ops-releases-strategic-plan-action-dr-cheryl-logans-full-interview-live-local

The Strategic Plan of Action can be found here: 

https://district.ops.org/Portals/0/PUBLIC_INFORMATION/DC2020/Omaha%20Public%20Schools%202020-2025%20Strategic%20Plan%20of%20Action.pdf?ver=2020-02-06-100605-113

And the website dedicated to the Strategic Plan of Action can be found here:

https://district.ops.org/BOARDOFEDUCATION/OPSStrategicPlanofAction.aspx

**UPDATE:   There were several requests to post the edited version of Dr. Cheryl Logan's chat with Mike Hogan.  That interview is here: https://www.kios.org/post/dr-cheryl-logans-short-interview-ops-strategic-plan-action-aired-kios-fm

The Omaha Public Schools Strategic Plan of Action deliberately and creatively addresses the trends Omaha Public Schools faces and reimagines a 21st century education ecosystem that prepares all students for a successful life after high school.

A broad spectrum of data were used in the development of the Strategic Plan of Action that reflects consensus among stakeholders. The strategic planning process included extensive outreach with stakeholders invited to participate in both focus groups and surveys. Community member, family, staff member and student input provided the basis for the development of the plan.

The Strategic Plan of Action is the result of research and represents the shared values and priorities of the Omaha Public Schools.

Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Dr. Cheryl Logan, sat down with Mike Hogan at the KIOS-FM studios for a “Live & Local” discussion about the Strategic Plan of Action.  While a version of that discussion (edited for time) was aired on 91.5 FM, this is the full, thirty minute question and answer chat between the two of them

More information and a copy of the Strategic Plan of Actioncan be found at stratplanofaction.ops.org

The Strategic Plan of Action can be found here: 

https://district.ops.org/Portals/0/PUBLIC_INFORMATION/DC2020/Omaha%20Public%20Schools%202020-2025%20Strategic%20Plan%20of%20Action.pdf?ver=2020-02-06-100605-113

Students and teachers from private schools have rallied at the Nebraska Capitol to recognize National School Choice Week, a campaign to promote alternatives to public schools. The gathering on Wednesday drew hundreds of students, administrators and advocacy groups who want to promote private schools, charter schools and homeschooling. Nebraska public school teachers celebrated with their own “I love Public Schools Day." Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports public school alternatives, proclaimed this week as National School Choice Week as part of the event. Lt. Gov.

Due to expected snow, Omaha Public Schools has released the following message:

“Greetings: 

Due to the inclement weather in the forecast, Omaha Public Schools is canceling all after school and school related activities today. Omaha Public Schools Foundation Kids Club will also be closed. Students will remain under supervision until they are picked up. 

Buses may be delayed during drop-off due to predicted conditions mid-to-late afternoon.

Please stay safe and warm.”

Winter weather is on the way, so Omaha Public Schools is working to ensure every child has the hats, gloves and scarves they may need to come to school on time every day.  They’re calling it “10,000 Villagers” to honor the many community members who support our students.

A $20 donation can purchase hats, gloves and scarves for four students who many need them.

Donations will be accepted through October 31st, when staff will order the winter gear to distribute in November.  Checks may be mailed to the OPSF offices with a note for “10,000 Villagers” in the memo.  That address as well as a web URL accepting donations is below.  Thank you for helping keep students warm this winter!

Mail to:  Omaha Public Schools Foundation, 3861 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131 Attention: 10,000 Villagers Campaign

Or you can donate on the web at https://omahapublicschoolsfoundation.org/10000-villagers/

New School Opens In Omaha

Aug 14, 2019
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A new school is opening its doors in an Omaha neighborhood. Gifford Park Elementary at 717 North 32nd Street is the Gifford Park neighborhood's first elementary school in 20 years. The school, which opens today, serves students in pre-k through sixth grade.  

Omaha Virtual School (OVS) is a full-time, tuition-free public blended school within the Omaha Public School District.  OVS enables students to take ownership of their learning.  Students may work quickly through the areas they understand, take their time in areas where they need extra help, and put an emphasis on subjects that interest them most.  They are currently accepting enrollment for the 2019–2020 school year.

Dr. Wendy Loewenstein is the Director of Omaha Virtual School.  She stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan, "Live & Local" about the program, the benefits, and how anyone can become enrolled. 

More information can be found at www.OmahaVirtualSchool.org.

Retirement Plan Study Advances

Apr 29, 2019
https://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2017/01/17/3-solid-retirement-strategies-for-business-owners/#272ed9864e0f

Nebraska lawmakers are giving approval to a study covering the possible transfer of the management of the Omaha Public Schools' retirement plan.  The measure directs the Public Employees Retirement Board to work with several groups to prepare a plan to move management duties of the Omaha school retirement plan to the state.  The plan, which would outline costs and timelines, must be completed by June 2020.

The Omaha Public Schools is developing a redistricting boundary plan to accommodate the opening of five new schools: two elementary, one middle and two high schools.  A compilation of the boundary options created during those meetings will be presented to the broader community April 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and May 6, 7 and 8.

Dr. Cheryl Logan, Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the new schools, the boundaries, and the analysis that went into desgning the schools to prepare students for life after OPS.

OPS would like to invite you to attend the upcoming open community meetings regarding proposed changes to south Omaha elementary and middle school attendance boundaries and the high school attendance boundaries. The dates, times and places of the meetings are listed as follows:

Proposed South Omaha Elementary/Middle School Boundary Changes

South High Magnet School – Gym

Tuesday, April 16

6-8 p.m.

Proposed High School Boundary Changes

Burke High School – Gym

Monday, April 22

6-8 p.m.

South High Magnet School – Gym

Tuesday, April 23

6-8 p.m.

Central High School - Cafeteria

Monday, April 29

6-8 p.m.

Northwest High Magnet School – Cafeteria

Tuesday, April 30

6-8 p.m.

North High Magnet School – Viking Center

Monday, May 6

6-8 p.m.

Benson High Magnet School – Cafeteria

Tuesday, May 7

6-8 p.m.

Bryan High School - Library

Wednesday, May 8

6-8 p.m.

The information to be shared at all of the high schools will be the same.  The success of this planning process requires involvement by all facets of the community and we encourage you to attend one of these meetings in order to provide input or express any concerns you may have regarding the proposed changes.  After a review of all information obtained during the open community meetings, final boundary options will be presented to the OPS Board of Education for review and a final vote sometime this summer.  We look forward to seeing you.

Thank you for your continued support of the Omaha Public Schools!

The Omaha Public Schools is developing a redistricting boundary plan to accommodate the opening of five new schools: two elementary, one middle and two high schools.  Focus group meetings involving larger groups of principals, staff, students, parents and community members will take place on April 2, 3 and 4. A compilation of the boundary options created during those meetings will be presented to the broader community April 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and May 6, 7 and 8.

Omaha Public Schools open innovative new facility

Mar 6, 2019
Courtesy of Kessler Photography and BCDM Architects

Last year, the 80-year-old Dr. J.P. Lord School in Omaha opened a new building tailored to the needs of students with multiple disabilities.  The facility is part of the Omaha Public School system, free to students who need it, and its innovations are drawing national attention.

OMAHA, Neb. - The snow stopped falling two days ago, but Omaha Public Schools canceled classes and activities on Monday over concern for students traveling to and from school.  Secondary streets in residential neighborhoods aren't the city's priority during and after snow storms, so those roads were still a little slick.

School officials were also concerned for students who walk to school and asked for everyone to pitch in to get them to class and parents don't want their students tempted to walk in the streets to make it to school.

OPS' Summer Meals Program Helps With the Summer Gap

Jun 15, 2018

OPS has been offering a Summer Meals Program since 1991.  Tammy Yarmon, Director of Nutrition for OPS, says they anticipate serving around 10,000 meals this summer.

OPS Introduces Dr. Paul Gausman, One of the Finalists for Superintendent

Mar 7, 2017

The President of the Omaha School Board, Lacey Merica, introduced the first of three finalists for the next OPS Superintendent, Dr. Paul Gausman, at a press conference last night.