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OPS Will Be In-Person This Fall

May 7, 2021
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Omaha Public School students won't have a remote learning option next year. The district says its online program will end in May, and plans are set for a full return to in-person learning in the fall. O-P-S joins other metro school districts like Millard, Bellevue, Westside and Papillion-La Vista in ending remote learning for next school year.

Norfolk Public Schools

Norfolk Public Schools will be on probation for the rest of the school year after racial slurs were yelled at players from Omaha Northwest's girls basketball game earlier this month. The Nebraska School Activities Association concluded its investigation Thursday. The school district is implementing several measures in response to the incident on Feb. 12. The steps include issuing a formal apology to Omaha Public Schools, changing seating arrangements at activities and developing an equity and diversity plan. School officials were not able to determine who was responsible for the slurs.

OPS Announces In-Person Learning Plan

Jan 13, 2021

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Omaha Public School District is working towards returning to in-person learning.  District officials say there will be phased transitions to in-person learning five days per week.  Elementary and middle schools will transition to five-days in-person learning per week on February 2nd, while high schools will transition to five days in-person learning per week on February 17th.  The district's Remote Learning Program will continue to be available.

Omaha Public Schools brought students back to in-person classes with Phase 1 of a several phased approach.  Superintendent of OPS, Dr. Cheryl Logan took the time to sit down with Mike Hogan, “Live & Local” to answer questions.

In this four part interview, Dr. Logan talks about how the first week has gone, what they expect for the next phase, and how OPS can help parents and how important parents are to the success of the students.

All four parts of the interview are below.  If you are looking for more information or resources please check https://district.ops.org/

Omaha Public Schools is prepared to responsibly reopen schools and welcome students back for in-person learning through a phased approach. The decision to transition to in-person learning follows months of planning with the health, safety and well-being of students, staff and families in mind.

Omaha Public Schools superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Logan, announced this afternoon that the start of school has been pushed back to August 18th and there will be no in-person classes.  For the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year the 100% Remote Learning Instructional Model will be used.  

The text of the full notice sent to staff and families is below, as well as a link to the OPS website with more information.

Omaha Catholic Schools is delaying the new school year for students on six of its campuses.  Holy Cross, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Bernadette, Saints Peter and Paul, St. Thomas More and the Dual Language Academy will now start classes on August 31st.  The schools were originally set to welcome students back on August 20th, but officials delayed the starting date due to COVID-19 concerns. Omaha Public Schools want to purchase more than 20-thousand digital thermometers for student use. WOWT-TV6 reports the school wants to spend 95-thousand dollars of philanthropic money.

Omaha World Herald

Omaha school teachers are continuing their call for a city mask mandate.  More than 200 educators gathered yesterday at Memorial Park to demand that city and state leaders pass a public facemask order.  Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts says he is opposed to mask mandates, and he added that policymakers should decide if schools should reopen to students.

The full uninterrupted 30 minute interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

The final installment of the five-part interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

Part 4 of the five-part interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

Part 3 of the five-part interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

Part 2 of the five-part interview with Dr. Cheryl Logan is now posted on the website.  You can listen to it right here: https://www.kios.org/post/5-part-interview-dr-cheryl-logan-ops-status-and-more

**UPDATE:  The full 30 minute interview is posted below.

**UPDATE:  The final installment of the interview is posted below.

**UPDATE:  Part four of the interview is posted below.

**UPDATE:  Part three of the interview is posted below.

**UPDATE:  Part two of the interview is posted below.

Omaha Public Schools will resume in-person classes starting August 11th.  This school year will be like none in recent memory and there are many questions.  

Mike Hogan had the opportunity to sit down with the Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools, Dr. Cheryl Logan, to chat about why, how, and what to expect when in-person classes resume.  A segment of this five-part interview airs each day this week at 7:45 a.m. and 3:44 p.m. on 91.5 KIOS-FM, with each segment posted to this webpage daily.  On Friday, the unabridged interview will also be posted in its entirety.

Segment #1 is posted below.

The following is a letter from Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan to the OPS staff.  Near the bottom of the letter is a link to live stream a presentation to the Board of Education tonight at 6:30 p.m.

To Our Omaha Public Schools Staff:

When early August arrives, more than five months will have passed since we last learned with students in-person. We have actively planned for a responsible reopening of our schools throughout the spring and summer. Your safety and care will continue to be at the forefront. You bring education to life for our young people.

Gary Ruderman

In our final episode we're talking about some of the more unusual ways that matter behaves as we learn about making slime and strange process called, sublimation. We welcome back our friend and retired high school science teacher, Gary Ruderman as well as Blake Smith from the Omaha Children’s museum to help us with these questions. 

 

Click here to watch the dry ice video! *Don't try his at home. 

 

Mr. Benker, Benson High School

This week we are talking about the creation of our universe! You’ve heard of “matter”, but what about "antimatter"? Mr. Benker, science teacher from Benson High School, walks us through the basics of matter, antimatter, and particle smashing!

 

Listen on iTunes or Spotify

Meredith Billings, Omaha Children's Museum

In this week’s episode, professor Steph Jesseau from the University of Nebraska Omaha answers your questions about technology addiction in this time of digital classrooms and online dance parties. Then the Omaha Children’s Museum’s Meredith Billings explains how the giant plates that make up our earth called tectonic plates, move and grow.

Whether or not you were able to listen to the two-part interview with Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan which aired on KIOS last Thursday, below is the full interview.  If your only have time for the two part version, you can listen to that here:  https://www.kios.org/post/superintendent-dr-cheryl-logan-discusses-ops-future-plans-during-live-local-2-part-interview

One topic of note that has happened since the interview was conducted is that the head of the Omaha Public School District has turned down a pay raise.  The Omaha Public Schools Board voted on May 13 to approve a contract extension for Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan through June 2023.  Logan declined a pay raise and her salary will remain at its current level.

Omaha Children's Museum

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This week we continue with our questions on dinosaurs as we discuss the mass dino extinction with Lizzie Planck from the Omaha Children’s Museum. Then St Patrick Reid, Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center explains vaccines and what that means for COVID-19.

 

In case you missed the broadcast of the two part "Live & Local" interview with Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan, both parts are available below.  During the interview, KIOS' Mike Hogan was able to chat with the OPS leader about the current status of school and what the future holds for the students and teachers.  

Omaha Children's Museum

This week we talk about how viruses can jump from one species to another with Omaha Public School science teacher, Ms. Lostaglia-Hoskovec and  Dr. Theodore Cieslak from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

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/

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