COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will face coverings be required?  
Our Board of Education approved an update to the district’s face covering policy in June. Starting July 1, 2021 face coverings will be optional at Omaha Public Schools and strongly recommended for those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccination. This decision aligns with the most recent guidance from the CDC and the Douglas County Health Department. Our focus on health and safety remains a priority. We encourage anyone eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to consider the opportunity. 

Will there still be a fully remote learning program for 2021-22?
We know that strong, consistent engagement with students is key to addressing unfinished teaching and learning from the pandemic. With that in mind, we anticipate the Omaha Virtual School will be the only blended learning option for students in the 2021-22 school year. The Remote Learning Program concluded at the end of May 2021. Click here for information on how to apply to Omaha Virtual School.

Will Meals2Go still be available?
Meals2Go will continue to be available. Find more information about Meals2Go here.

How will arts, athletics and activities proceed?
Arts, athletics and activities will proceed as they have been. Attendance guidelines for athletic events are set by the Metro Conference.

Will visitors or external use permits be allowed in schools?
No. Limiting outside visitors and use of our facilities helps to protect students and staff as we focus on academic, social and emotional instruction. 

Why might some school procedures look different?  
The district provided overarching guidelines and expectations to all schools. Schools will make decisions related to specific procedures based on their capacity and what works best in their school setting. Families who have questions should reach out to their school principal. 

Will Omaha Public Schools continue its Strive for 95 initiative?  
While we know that attendance at school is important, our District recognizes this is an unprecedented time. If a student or staff member feels ill, or anyone in their home feels sick, they must stay home. StriveFor95 materials, banners or flyers should not be sent home or displayed. 

With Omaha Public Schools’ 1 to 1 technology initiative, each student will receive an internet-connected device. Attendance and participation in remote learning will be an expectation throughout our district. 

What health assessment questions should families review daily?
Every day before they leave home, families will complete a self-health assessment, asking themselves three vital questions:

  • Has your child experienced one or more of the following symptoms: a new cough, new onset of shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell OR two or more of the following symptoms: fever 100.4 or above, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue in the last 24 hours?

  • Is your child waiting for a COVID-19 test result?

  • Has anyone in your household been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

If they answer "yes" to any of these questions, they will be expected to stay home.

How will a confirmed case of COVID-19 be handled? 
If a parent/guardian reports a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the school will partner with district contact tracers to identify students and staff who have come in close contact with the student while maintaining the student’s confidentiality. Contact tracers will be in touch with next steps. 

Will communication go to families regarding confirmed COVID-19 cases? 
Omaha Public Schools is committed to open and transparent communication with our students, staff and families. If someone is found to be in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, they will receive direct communication from district Human Resources or Health staff. A general advisory will be sent to the staff and families in a school to ensure they are aware. 

 

COVID-19 Dashboard Update

Throughout the 2020-21 school year, Omaha Public Schools has been a leader in health and safety efforts. During this time, our COVID-19 dashboard provided informative data to staff and families as conditions evolved.

Because our district has responsibly returned to in-person learning, the need for weekly updates has decreased. With that in mind, we discontinued the dashboard at the conclusion of the school year.

The well-being of our students, staff and families will remain our priority, and we will continue to communicate directly with individuals and families who are impacted by future cases.

Thank you for your partnership and support as we navigated this new territory together. We all care deeply about the students we serve.