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Daily Health Assessment

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

  • Has your child had a fever of 100.4 or greater, a new cough, new onset of shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell 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.


Evaluación de salud diaria

Todos los días antes de salir de casa, las familias completarán una autoevaluación de salud y se harán tres preguntas fundamentales:

  • ¿Ha tenido su hijo fiebre de 100.4 o más, tos nueva, una nueva sensacion de falta de aire, pérdida del gusto o del olfato en las últimas 24 horas?
  • ¿Está su hijo esperando el resultado de la prueba Covid-19?
  • ¿Alguien en su hogar ha sido diagnosticado con Covid-19 en los últimos 14 días?

Si responden "sí" a cualquiera de estas preguntas, se recomienda que se queden en casa. 

Is there an Omaha Public Schools teacher who deserves recognition?

A great teacher can turn a geography lesson into an exciting adventure or make a conversation become a life lesson. And the Omaha Public Schools community is fortunate to have so many great teachers. It’s why the Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award was created more than 30 years ago — to recognize those teachers who have gone above and beyond to help their students in the classroom and in life. Nominate an OPS teacher for this award and tell us what he or she has done that has made a difference. Submit your nomination by January 15, 2021. 

This year, we’d also like to recognize the extraordinary efforts of educators within Omaha Public Schools. This unprecedented period has been full of technological, logistical and personal challenges, any one of which would have been difficult to overcome on its own. However, not only did OPS teachers meet these issues head on, they did so with an unwavering spirit and passionate dedication to their students. For that, we offer our heartfelt gratitude and recognition of those educators who have persevered while enduring so much in such a short amount of time.


1 to 1 Technology Initiative Supports Omaha Public Schools Students

In just a few months amid a global pandemic, Omaha Public Schools went “1 to 1” by investing in more than 54,000 iPads with built-in internet connectivity for the students of our community. As students return to the classroom virtually, this essential device will help them succeed during remote learning.

Based on the global supply chain, iPads arrived in waves beginning in August, and all devices were delivered as of Sept. 21. With more districts moving to remote or hybrid learning models, technology has been in high demand.

“We recognized right away last spring that if we’re in this situation again, we need to be prepared,” Bryan Dunne, director of Information Management Services, said. “The grandness of what we’re trying to accomplish with the number of people we’re trying to get the device and internet to normally would be done in longer timeline. I think we are fortunate that we did proceed last spring.”

The district learned many lessons after pivoting to fully remote learning in March. Teachers, administration and technology staff worked together with families for everything from distribution to logging in and creating exciting virtual lessons.

“We’ve learned a lot about how to engage students online and create expectations for them so they know that this is still school – it just looks a little bit different,” Marrs Magnet Center Principal Angelique Gunderson said. “With how much we all miss our children, to be able to see their faces has been a delight.”

Even though the unique challenges of this time, the initiative has opened new opportunities for students and families as educational partners.

“I think a unique byproduct from all of this is that we have a lot of families who are new to our country learning right along with their kids,” Kennedy Elementary Principal Tony Gunter said. “They’re engaged in their lessons with students. They’re interested in what the kids are learning and they’re learning right alongside them.”

While students are relying on iPads to connect with their teachers during virtual learning, they will continue to use them as educational tools when they return to their school buildings.

“I think that for the future there will always be a hybrid of using technology no matter what career they choose and wherever they happen to go in life – it’s part of their daily world,” Gunderson said. “The foresight to get 54,000 devices out to students is outstanding and we’re very, very thankful that our leadership has done this for us, and our kids are too.”