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Student Placement Information

About Student Placement

 
The Student Placement Office is responsible for assigning students to schools in accordance with the Student Assignment Plan of the Omaha Public Schools. This is accomplished through the school selection process and the review and approval of requests to transfer between schools.  This office offers the Enrollment Fair to assist families in selecting and enrolling their children in school, during the three weeks leading up to the start of the school year.   The Placement Specialists are directly involved with International Exchange Programs, alternative education placements, reassignments, emancipation of students, assignment of acting/surrogate parents and students living at shelters.

Enrollment Information

Families who are new to the Omaha Public Schools and families who moved out of the district for 30 or more days must provide the following at the registration site:

1. Enrollment Forms: For forms: Click on the appropriate link(s) below, print the forms, and complete them.

2. Address Verification: Acceptable documents, for address verification, must show the name and correct address of the parent/guardian. Sources include: OPPD, MUD, Qwest or Cox Cable statements, a purchase or rental agreement for the residence, a Medicare/Medicaid card or, if the student is in foster care, a Superintendent's Letter.

3. Immunization Record

4. Birth Certificate: Present the original birth certificate at the registration site.

5. Physical and Eye Examinations: See school nurse at registration site for more information.

6. Special Education Documents: If the student is newly entering the Omaha Public Schools and has been receiving special education services in the previous school, present the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) report and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) at registration to allow for appropriate placement in the program/services required to meet the child's educational needs. If these documents are not readily available, inform the school of the previous services and provide the name and address of the previous school and district.


School Transfer Request Information

At the elementary, middle, and high school levels the Student Assignment Plan allows a student to attend a home attendance area (neighborhood) school based on the student's home address or to attend an "option" school (other than the neighborhood school) on a space-available basis. The student Placement Office must approve of the requests to attend option schools. Approval is based on the reason for the transfer, the class sizes in the requested school, and the student's achievement and conduct. Transportation may be provided to the neighborhood school and to option schools according to the provisions of the Student Assignment Plan.

In order to be considered for enrollment at an option school, a School Selection Form must be completed and submitted during the annual school selection process or through the School Transfer Request (see link below) process.  A one- year commitment to the selected school choice is expected.  Transfers are considered for families who have moved into a new home attendance area and where there is no transportation to the current school.

 

Printable within district forms can be accessed below:

2014- 2015 School Transfer Request- English

2014-2015 Petición de Transferencia de Escuela- Español

2013 - 2014 School Transfer Request- English

2013 - 2014 Petición de Transferencia de Escuela- Español

Kindergarten Information

Students are age-eligible to attend kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if they have attained the age of five on or before July 31 of that year. Kindergarten Round-Ups are held at home attendance area schools every January to enroll students for each following school year. Enrollments are also accepted after Round-Ups at the neighborhood school or at the Student Placement office at the Teacher Administrative Center (TAC) 3215 Cuming St. Contact your home attendance area school or the Student Placement Office (557-2710) for more details.  Forms are available at round-up events if students wish to attend an option school within the OPS student assignment plan. To determine their home attendance area, parents or guardians can contact the OPS Student Placement Office at 402-557-2710 or click HERE (English) or HERE (Español)

Kindergarten Enrollment Packet can be completed and brought to the enrollment site (see link below).

Kindergarten Enrollment Packet

In addition to the Kindergarten Enrollment Packet, parents/ guardians must bring the following to the round-up events:

  • The child's immunization record
  • The child's birth certificate
  • Address verification/proof of residence (Acceptable documents include a utility, phone or cable bill, or a lease or home purchase agreement.)

 

To view Frequently Asked Questions, click the link below:

Kindergarten Enrollment FAQ

 

The 2014 kindergarten round-up schedule is available HERE.

 

Early Childhood Information

General Information and Eligibility Guidelines

In order to be eligible for the 2014-2015 Prekindergarten Program children must:

• Be four years old on or before July 31, 2014.

• Have a completed application with all required paperwork submitted and on file.

• Qualify based on an assessment score and other eligibility criteria.

• Reside within the boundaries of the Omaha Public Schools.

 

In order to be eligible for the 2014-2015 Head Start Program, children must:

• Be three or four years old on or before July 31, 2014.

• Meet federal income guidelines.

• Reside in Douglas County.

 

In order to be eligible for the 2014-2015 Early Head Start Program at Educare of Omaha children must:

• Be birth to three years old.

• Meet federal income guidelines.

• Reside in Douglas County.

*Early Head Start will take applications at Kellom and Indian Hills Educare sites.


Enrollment Information

 

In order to enroll in one of the early childhood education programs listed above, you and your child can attend an Early Childhood Education Application Day, to complete the application process, have your child screened (only if applying for OPS Prekindergarten), and provide:

• A certified birth certificate for your child.

• Immunization records for your child.

• Proof of address (Billing statements from MUD, OPPD, Cox, or Qwest, or a rental or purchase agreement for the residence).

• Income Verification Proof of Family income for the previous 12 months such as TANF/ADC,SSI,Child Support,1040,W-2’S,8453,Self Declaration ,12 months of check stubs, Employment letter, etc. (only needed if applying for Head Start)

Early Childhood Education Application Days are held at various elementary schools throughout the district between February and March each year. 

 


Pre K Application Packet - English

Paquete de solicitud de pre K - Español

Prekindergarten Application and Screening Flyer

Volante de Solicitudes y Evaluaciones para el Preescolar

FAQ Early Childhood - English

FAQ Educación Temprana- Español

Option Enrollment Information

Option Enrollment is for any student who lives in any Nebraska County, except Douglas or Sarpy County (see open enrollment below). Option Enrollment applications for the 2014-2015 school year can be submitted from September 1, 2013- March 15, 2014. You may access this application by coming to the TAC Building at 3215 Cuming Street or by clicking HERE.

Open Enrollment Information

Open Enrollment is for any student who lives in the Learning Community Districts of Douglas and Sarpy County. Applications for Open Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year can be submitted November 1, 2013- March 15, 2014. You may obtain the application at any OPS school, by coming to the TAC Building at 3215 Cuming Street, or by clicking HERE.

Home School Information

Home schooling of their children is an option for parents/guardians in the State of Nebraska. Parents/Guardians must file for exempt status on a yearly basis through the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). By filing for and receiving exempt status, parents are electing not to have their child attend a school that meets State approval and accreditation requirements while also complying with the compulsory school attendance law ( Section 79-201 R.R.S.). Please note, students must attend the schools they are enrolled in to avoid the students from being counted absent until official notification from the State has determined the student's exempt status.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact:

Beth Bolte at beth.bolte@nebraska.gov or (402)471-2795

Micki Iverson at mick.iverson@nebraska.gov or (402)471-1894

To access more information regarding Exempt (Home) School Program click HERE.

Transportation Information

Transportation is provided to students attending their Home Attendance Area School if:

¨ Elementary Schools: They reside more than 1.5 miles from the school.

¨ Middle Schools: They reside more than 2.0 miles from the school

¨ High Schools:

• High school students who live in the home attendance areas of Benson, Burke, Bryan, or Central, will not receive transportation to that school.
• High school students who live in the home attendance areas of North, Northwest or South and live more than 3.0 miles from the home attendance school are eligible for transportation.
• High school students who reside in the Burke/Northwest shared home attendance area are eligible for transportation to Northwest.

 


Transportation is provided to a transfer school (a school other than the neighborhood school) if:

  • the student resides more than 1.0 miles from the transfer school AND qualifies for the free/reduced lunch program AND the application to attend the school is approved during School Selection;
  • the student resides more than 1.0 mile from the school AND the student's placement increases the socio-economic diversity of the school (based on the student's lunch status) AND the request to attend the school is approved before July 1.
  • After July 1, if a transfer request is approved or a change of address is received, the student is eligible for transportation if the student's placement adds to the socio-economic diversity of the school AND there is an existing route for a bus to the transfer school with an existing stop located within a safe walk distance AND there is room on the bus.

Parents must report the student's lunch status in order for transportation eligibility to be determined.

 

 

Contact the Student Placement Office at 402-557-2710 to determine your transportation eligibility.