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COVID-19 Vaccination Opportunities

We are working with the Douglas County Health Department to offer several convenient, pop-up vaccination clinics across our district in the weeks to come. Vaccines are available at no cost for interested individuals who are 12 or older. Individuals 18 or younger must have a signed parental consent form and a parent or guardian must be present. Any parent or guardian who accompanies a student to the clinic is also eligible to receive the vaccine at that time.

We understand and respect that this is a choice for our students and their families. We are sharing this information to make it as easy and convenient as possible for those who are interested in the vaccine. Here is a schedule of the upcoming clinics:

Monday, June 28

7 - 10 a.m. Bryan Middle and Buffett Middle
1 - 4 p.m. Burke High and South High

Tuesday, June 29

7 - 10 a.m. Davis Middle
1 - 4 p.m. Beveridge Middle

Wednesday, June 30

7 - 10 a.m. Nathan Hale Middle
1 - 4 p.m. McMillan Middle

Thursday, July 1

7 - 10 a.m. King Science & Technology Center and Norris Middle
1 - 4 p.m. Monroe Middle and Marrs Middle

Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at each vaccination site. Only Pfizer vaccines are approved for children aged 12-17.

If you have questions, please contact the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-3400. 

Additional Opportunities

COVID-19 vaccines will also be available during visits to the School-Based Health Center at King Science.

Vaccine clinics will be open to the community Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, June 21.

Please call 402-451-3553 to schedule an appointment.

We value the continued collaboration among our staff, families and community partners and we are grateful for your support of Omaha Public Schools.

Benson Career Academy Wins Statewide Honors

Benson High School has earned a spot as one of the best schools in the state for college and career education programs. During a virtual ceremony held Monday, June 7, Benson High received recognition as the Nebraska Career and Technical Education Outstanding Career Academy of 2021.

The award honors programs that demonstrate student achievement in career and academic areas, innovative instruction models, opportunities for leadership and personal development and career guidance and work-based learning that align with Nebraska’s workforce needs and economic priorities.

“It has been a huge honor to be recognized for so many awards this year,” said Angela Johanek, curriculum specialist at Benson High. “These awards just validate the amazing work that is being done by the teachers and educators leading our programs, and we’re excited to continue the great work that has earned us so much recognition this year.”

Each student at Benson High chooses a career path, or academy, they may be interested in pursuing in the future. In addition to their core curriculum like English, math, science and social studies, each academy allows students to take classes catered to their interests in college and career paths such as business, design and health professions. Every program includes opportunities for students to learn necessary skills and earn appropriate certifications and college credit.

“This programming helps jump-start our students’ thinking for what they might want to do in the future once they’re out of high school,” principal Tom Wagner said. “Each award we receive is just giving credence to the great work our staff is doing to support our kids and prepare them for life after high school.”

This past school year, Benson’s Health Professions Academy and its Freshman Academy also achieved Model Academy status, an elite designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition.

Board Approves Name for Bluestem Middle School, Scheduled to Open in 2023

Our District is thrilled to announce the name for our new middle school scheduled to open at 42nd and Y Street in August 2023.

The Board of Education-approved name is Bluestem Middle School.

A committee representing each school's incoming students and families worked with district staff and school leadership in a series of meetings to brainstorm and recommend a name and mascot for each of Omaha Public Schools' five new schools, scheduled to open in 2022 and 2023.

This recommendation was presented to the Board of Education on Monday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. and approved at that meeting.

Click to see the board presentation for more details about the name, color and mascot for the school.

Click here to see the names and mascots of Omaha Public Schools' two new high schools and two new elementary schools, scheduled to open in August 2022.