7 July Student Enrollment Fair July 7, 2020 By Layne Gabriel Announcements 0 The drive-through student enrollment fair is for families new to the Omaha Public Schools or families requiring a new school due to a change in address. Dates: July 7 – August 3 (weekdays) Times: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Teacher Administrative Center (TAC) parking lot, 3215 Cuming St. Extended: Omaha Public Schools Enrollment Fair Dates: August 3 - August 14 (weekdays) Times: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Teacher Administrative Center (TAC) parking lot, 3215 Cuming St. Documents required to enroll in school: Birth Certificate or I-95 Immunizations Address Verification COVID-19 safety guidelines are being followed. Please come wearing a mask. When possible, limit your visit to just one member of the household. You may also enroll online: https://campus.ops.org/campus/OLRLogin/ops Related Articles Enrollment Fair July 30 and July 31 Back to School Enrollment Fair Thursday, July 30, 2009 Friday, July 31, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. TAC Building Board Room 3215 Cuming Street Back to School Enrollment Fair PDF Back to School Enrollment Fair PDF-Espanol Student Assignment Plan: Frequently Asked Questions The following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the district's consideration of potential changes to the Student Assignment Plan. What is the Board of Education Student Assignment Plan Workshop from 3:00-6:00 PM on Monday, July 21 all about? An initial presentation and discussion about the district's Student Assignment Plan is scheduled for Monday, July 21, 2014, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the OPS Board Room. This workshop is in support of the district's newly adopted Strategic Plan, which has as a priority objective the redesign of school choice policies and processes to ensure greater clarity, efficiency, and quality. The workshop is intended to provide a preliminary conversation about the Student Assignment Plan and ideas for possible changes. Follow-up community meetings will be planned to gather public feedback regarding suggested adjustments to school assignment, such as grade-level configurations, school boundary adjustments, and specialty schools. What is a Student Assignment Plan? The OPS Student Assignment Plan is the framework that describes how students may access schools throughout the district. The OPS Student Assignment Plan is first, and foremost, "home based." This means students may always attend their home attendance area schools (most OPS students do attend their home attendance area or neighborhood schools). The Plan also allows students to choose other OPS schools and sets the rules for who is eligible for transportation to a school. Why is OPS looking to change its current Student Assignment Plan? The original Student Assignment Plan has been in place since 1999 with revisions occurring in 2010 when the Learning Community’s Diversity Plan was implemented. Many have indicated it's time to update the Plan to better serve OPS families and students. Families have told the district that the Plan is too complex and difficult to understand. Parents are often confused about which schools their children may attend and whether their children are eligible for transportation. Many contend that the Plan could be more efficient in transporting students if transportation services were revised. When might changes to the Student Assignment Plan take place? Implementation of changes to the Student Assignment Plan are probably about two years away. First, and most importantly, the district must listen to its parents, students, staff, and community to gather feedback on how the Plan should be improved and revised. Opportunities for staff and public suggestions will be planned throughout the coming fall months, September through November. The Board of Education is very interested in knowing the suggestions of its families before it approves changes to the Student Assignment Plan. What kind of changes would be considered? Changes to the Student Assignment Plan will most likely consider strategies for how students select schools and how transportation services will be provided. Initial ideas for school choice will be presented to the Board of Education at its July 21st Student Assignment Plan Workshop. These ideas are preliminary and are intended to stimulate conversation and lead to additional ideas and suggestions. Changes to school assignment will also be discussed and include such things as revised grade-level configurations at schools, redesigning schools as specialty schools, and adjusting boundaries should they be needed to accommodate facility modifications (such as constructing a new school or offering programmatic enhancements like a Focus School or Early Childhood Center). Of course, any of these proposals would be presented for public feedback prior to making any final decisions. Will schools be closed? Some schools may be used differently. For instance, an elementary school with low enrollment might be used for a different purpose such as serving as an Early Childhood Center for children 3-4 years old. However, these decisions have not yet been made. Should school re-purposing be considered by the Board of Education, the school’s community would be made aware of such discussions well in advance of any final decisions. Will school boundaries be changed? School boundaries could change if a new school is built or if a school is re-purposed to serve students in a specialized program such as a Focus School. Will grade level configurations be adjusted? This is currently under consideration at the middle school level. The district is gathering input on whether middle schools should remain as 7-8 centers or whether they should be expanded to include 6th graders. Currently, some Magnet Schools serve 5th graders at the middle level. However, there are no plans to move additional fifth graders to middle schools. Please be assured that grade level configuration changes will not be implemented without substantial input from families, students, and staff. Who will ultimately make decisions on proposed changes to the district's Student Assignment Plan? Final approval for an improved Student Assignment Plan will be made by the OPS Board of Education. The Board’s approval will be based upon parent, student, staff, and community input—as well as sound instructional strategies and cost efficiencies. The Board is interested in a Plan that supports high-quality schools throughout the district. How do I provide input on the Student Assignment Plan as it is developed? Many stakeholders have already provided their viewpoints through a public survey that was available on the district website from June 23rd to July 6th. A paper and pencil version of the survey was also available in schools the last week of June. All surveys were available in English and Spanish. The Board of Education will be reviewing the survey results at the July 21st Student Assignment Plan Workshop. But the survey was just the beginning of the district’s plan to gather input about the Plan. This fall, school and community meetings will be conducted to gather additional suggestions about Student Assignment Plan proposals. Staff will also meet with any community group or school organization that would like to know more about the Student Assignment Plan. How can I get answers to my Student Assignment Plan questions? OPS will provide a website address for interested constituents to submit their questions about the Student Assignment Plan. Answers to these questions will be posted within the FAQ. King Science Magnet Students Attend Career Fair King Science & Technology Magnet Middle School students had the opportunity to meet with local business representatives and entrepreneurs during the school's second annual Career Fair. More than two dozen professionals talked with students about their job responsibilities and the education needed for their respective career fields. A wide variety of professions were represented, from fire fighters to endocrinologists to cosmetologists. Click here to see a photo slideshow. Legislative Updates Feb. 14, 2017 Dear community members: There are a number of bills that have been introduced at the Nebraska Legislature this session that would impact our school district. Many of these bills are already being discussed at the committee level. It will be important for you to pay attention to these discussions as they unfold. The Omaha Public Schools Board opposes any legislative effort to divert resources to educational programs that are not governed by publicly-elected boards who are accountable to the citizens for the use of their tax dollars. Below is an outline of just a few examples of key bills that could impact OPS. The OPS board opposes each of the following: LB 630 - The Independent Public Schools Act – This bill would allow for charter schools in Nebraska. Charter schools would receive state aid and the public school system would be required to transport students living within their boundaries. LB 662 – Establish a grading system for schools and school districts – This bill would require the state board of education to create an accountability system that would grade schools’ performance A-F based on: (1) student proficient on statewide tests (2) percent of students that make growth in proficiency in reading and math (3) percent of students that make growth in proficiency for the lowest performing 25 percent of students in a particular school in math and reading (4) high school students earning a diploma in 4 years. LB 608 - Parental choice Scholarship Program -This bill would require OPS to pay 75 percent of the anticipated revenue per student to a private school for any eligible student. Eligible students would be k-12 students living in the boundaries of any OPS school at the lowest performance level. OPS would also be required to transport eligible students to private schools. The remaining 25 percent of anticipated revenue per student would go into a property tax relief fund to lower property taxes the following school year. There are numerous other bills that would change some aspect of the state aid formula. Some of the changes proposed in some of these bills could negatively impact OPS’ revenue stream in the years to come. The below outline presents the position that has been taken by our Board of Education for each bill included. For the most recent information regarding currently active bills at the unicameral, please visit:http://nebraskalegislature.gov OSERS The Board of Education of the Omaha Public Schools hereby reaffirms its commitment to ensuring the long term stability of the Omaha School Employees' Retirement System (OSERS). We support the efforts of the Nebraska Legislature to harmonize OSERS with the Nebraska School Employees Retirement System. LB 548 – Merge OSERS with School Employees Retirement System This bill would consolidate the Omaha School Employees Retirement System (OSERS) and the Nebraska School Employee Retirement System (NSERS). OSERS is currently experiencing a declining investments balance. The bill would present a resolution to reverse that trend. The bill does not affect current or retired employees’ benefits under the plan. OPS Board supports. Students LB 595 - Use of Physical Force or Restraint in Response to Student Behavior This bill would allow a teacher or administrator to use necessary physical force or restraint to subdue a student who is physically violent toward himself, those around him or is destructive toward school property until the student no longer presents a danger. Teachers would be allowed to remove a student from their classroom if student repeatedly disrupts a teacher’s ability to effectively teach. Teachers and administrators would not be subject to legal action or administrative discipline. OPS Board will monitor. Parent Education Funding LB 295 – Opportunity Scholarship Act This bill creates a scholarship granting organization that provides scholarships for tuition and fees for students at nongovernmental, private elementary and secondary schools. OPS Board opposes. LB 608 - Parental choice Scholarship Program This bill would require OPS to pay 75 percent of the anticipated revenue per student to a private school for any eligible student. Eligible students would be k-12 students living in the boundaries of any OPS school at the lowest performance level. OPS would also be required to transport eligible students to private schools. The remaining 25 percent of anticipated revenue per student would go into a property tax relief fund to lower property taxes the following school year. OPS Board opposes. School Funding The Board of Education of the Omaha Public Schools hereby reaffirms its support for the following key principles regarding the Tax Equity and Educational Opportunity Support Act (TEEOSA). The Board supports the efforts of the legislature, through TEEOSA, to equalize resources to ensure educational opportunity for all students across the state. Within the formula, the Board especially supports additional funding for children in poverty, English Language Learners, and early childhood education; additional weighting for focus schools; funding for transportation; and the averaging adjustment. The Board opposes changes to TEEOSA that are disequalizing. The Board wishes to emphasize that one of the initial objectives of TEOSA was to provide a stable, predictable system by which school districts could reasonably project, plan and budget for their annual state aid allocation. As such, the Board opposes annual modifications to TEEOSA that are designed to minimize increases or even reduce the level of state funding. The Board supports continued strong funding for Special Education. The Board supports consideration by the legislature of a mechanism to provide for equalization of facility renovation and construction among school districts. LB 119 – Delay Certification Date for TEEOSA This bill would delay the certification date for TEEOSA (the Nebraska school funding formula) from March 1, 2017 to June 1, 2017. OPS Board opposes. LB 144 – Reduced Percentage of Valuation of Agricultural Land This bill would adjust the percentage of land valuation of agricultural land for the purposes of the TEEOSA (the Nebraska school funding) formula. The percentage would drop from 72 percent in 2017 to 50 percent in 2018; 40 percent in 2019, 30 percent in 2020 and 20 percent for all years thereafter. OPS Board opposes. LB 265 – TEEOSA: Foundation AID This bill would provide that each school get a minimum amount of state aid per student. In fiscal year 2018-19 it would be $1,500 per student, $2,500 per student in 2019-2010, $3,500 per student in 2020-2021, $4,500 per student in 2021-2022 and $5,500 per student in 2022-2023 and after. OPS Board opposes. LB 266 – Agricultural Land Valuation This bill would reduce the valuation of agricultural and horticultural land for purposes of property tax to 50 percent in 2018, 40 percent in 2019, 30 percent in 2020 and after. The acceptable range to be used for school district taxation would be 44 percent to 50 percent in 2018, 34 percent to 40 percent in 2010 and 24 percent to 30 percent in 2020. OPS Board opposes. LB 270 – Expanded learning Opportunity Grant Program Act This bill would set aside $750,000 for the fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19 to the Department of Education to carry out the Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant Program. OPS Board supports. LB 338 – Income Approach Valuation of Agricultural Land This bill would require that agricultural and horticultural land be valued for property tax purposes at its value of use. The Property Tax Administrator would establish capitalization rates to be applied to agricultural land. The capitalization rates would be set aggregated agricultural use values, based on different types of agricultural land, between 60 to 75 percent of actual value. The aggregate agricultural use value could not increase more than 3 ½ percent from prior year. OPS Board opposes. LB 409 – TEEOSA: Reduce Base Limitation This would reduce the budget limitation rate from 2 1/2 percent to zero percent for fiscal year 2017-18 and 2018-19. OPS board opposes. LB 510 – Installment Contracts This bill would limit any political subdivision from having a total outstanding obligation under installment contracts to exceed $25 million. OPS Board opposes. LB 521 – TEEOSA Early Childhood Education This bill would increase the early childhood education fall membership included in the TEEOSA (state education funding) formula from 60 percent to 80 percent. Would also include calculation for early childhood transportation costs in TEEOSA. OPS Board supports. LB 540 – TEEOSA: Temporary Aid Adjustment This bill would add a temporary aid adjustment to schools fiscal years 2017-18 and 2018-19. The adjustments would be equal to a percentage of the formula need of each school district. The goal is to implement a reduction in TEEOSA to assist with state’s budget crisis without making significant and long-term changes to TEEOSA formula. OPS Board supports. LB 571 TEEOSA: Allocated Income Tax This bill would remove the minimum levy adjustment from the definition of allocated income tax funds. It would provide 20 percent of the aggregate statewide income tax liability of all resident individuals be disbursed as option payments. OPS Board opposes. LB 572 – Termination of TEEOSA This bill would terminate TEEOSA effective Jan. 1, 2020. It would terminate the property tax credit act and Nebraska Advantage Act on the same date. OPS Board opposes. LB 576 - No Growth in Property Taxes This bill would keep an owner’s property tax bill for 2017 and 2018 at no higher than their tax bill for 2016. OPS Board opposes. LB 602 – Valuation of Agricultural Land This bill would value agricultural and horticultural land using the capitalized net earning approach to determine the value of the land for purposes of taxation. Capitalization rate would be set at 6 percent. OPS Board opposes. LB 640- Limitation of School Levy This bill would reduce the maximum levy for districts from $1.05 to $1.00. Funds from the Property Tax Credit Cash Fund for districts would be distributed when the general fund property tax receipts exceed 60 percent of the total general fund revenue. The cash fund would be increased each year at the same rate of increase to TEEOSA. OPS Board opposes. Schools/Programs The Omaha Public Schools Board opposes any legislative effort to divert resources to educational programs that are not governed by publicly-elected boards who are accountable to the citizens for the use of their tax dollars. LB 630 - The Independent Public Schools Act This bill would allow for charter schools in Nebraska. Charter schools would receive state aid and public school would be required to transport students living within their boundaries. OPS Board opposes. LB 634 – Virtual Schools This bill would provide a definition of virtual schools. Virtual school students would then be included in the TEEOSA calculation. OPS Board supports. Teachers LB 525 – Master Teacher Program Fund This bill would decrease the amount of lottery dollars going to the Education Innovation Grant Program from 17 percent to 16 percent. It would redirect that 1 percent decrease to the Master Teacher Program Fund. OPS Board will monitor. LB 568- Temporary Teaching Certificates This bill would allow for temporary teaching certificates. Applicants would have complete an application and pay a fee. Applicants would be required to be over 21, possess a high school diploma, complete 24 hours of in-service training, 10 hours of classroom observation, complete a course and pass an exam on the Constitution of the United States and Constitution of Nebraska with score a of 80 percent or higher. OPS Board opposes. LB 650 – Alternative Certification for Teachers This bill would allow the State Board of Education to grant teaching certificates to any person based on their college credits earned, to someone holding a doctoral degree, anyone with a valid teaching certificate in another state, to anyone with two years teaching experience at the postsecondary level or to anyone with a certificate issued by national or regional educator credentialing agency as long as they pass the appropriate subject area examination. This bill would also allow for adjunct teaching certificates to be issued for part-time teaching positions. OPS Board will monitor. Transportation LB 279 – Lap-Shoulder Belts on School Buses This bill would require school buses purchased on or after date law went in to affect to be equipped with lap-shoulder belts for each passenger. OPS Board will monitor. Other LB 662 – Establish a Grading System for schools and School Districts This bill would require the state board of education to create an accountability system that would grade schools’ performance A-F based on: (1) student proficient on statewide tests (2) percent of students that make growth in proficiency in reading and math (3) percent of students that make growth in proficiency for the lowest performing 25 percent of students in a particular school in math and reading (4) high school students earning a diploma in 4 years. OPS Board opposes. OPS Students Visit Kennedy Space Center Five OPS students and their two teacher advisors were invited to the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla., to learn more about the launch of STS-134, the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour. The students—four seniors from North High Magnet School and one sophomore from Omaha Burke High School—were selected in a contest seeking student-designed experiments to conduct in microgravity. The OPS schools’ projects represent two of the 16 school communities from across the country represented on the April mission. The contest is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), coordinated by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and NanoRacks, LLC. SSEP is a national Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education initiative that provides middle and high school classes (grades 5-12) the ability to propose experiments to fly in low Earth orbit, and to celebrate that accomplishment with their local community and with national and global audiences. While in Florida, the students had the opportunity to tour Kennedy Space Center and received a bus tour of Cape Canaveral. They also got an up close look of Endeavour's launch pad and the media area. Students saw the assembly building where the booster rockets and external fuel tank are being prepared for the scheduled June launch of STS-135. The students were also able to test out a space shuttle sleeping bag and pose in a replica of an Apollo capsule. While in Florida, the students will also attend an SSEP conference, featuring speakers who work in the space industry. The North and Burke students will present the details of their spaceflight experiments and hear about the experiments from other participating students. Click here to see a photo slideshow of the students' trip to Kennedy Space Center! Enrollment Information School Transfer Request Process The School Transfer Request process for the 2020-21 school year is now available. As always, students who have moved and are updating their address, are guaranteed placement in their new neighborhood school. All approvals for transfer requests to a non-neighborhood school are subject to capacity in the requested grade and student behavior history. More information here: https://bit.ly/OPSStudentPlacement New or Returning Enrollments The enrollment process for the 2020-21 school year is now available. Families will have the option of completing the enrollment process online, through US mail and by telephone through our Student Placement Office. Families seeking enrollment for the current 19-20 school year are advised to reach out via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 531-299-0302 for assistance. OPS will enroll into the home-area-school for the remainder of the year ending May 15. More information can be found here: https://bit.ly/OPSStudentPlacement Student Placement Office 531-299-0302 email@example.com Comments are closed.