Health Information and Resources for Omaha Public Schools Staff and Families

To read Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan's March 18, 2020 update to the Omaha Public Schools Community, please click here.

As we monitor the rapid developments related to COVID-19 in the community and state, Omaha Public Schools will be closed beginning March 16, 2020.
Click here to read Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan's March 16 Letter to OPS Staff and Families.


Following updated federal and state guidance on Monday, March 16, 2020, Omaha Public Schools will extend its closure to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. At this time, there is no tentative return date. For complete information, please follow this link to read Dr. Cheryl Logan's letter to the Omaha Public Schools community.


For academic resources available to students during the closure, please click here.

We are grateful for partners like Food Bank for the Heartland supporting community members facing food insecurity. For a complete list of their upcoming mobile pantries as well as community pantry locations, please click here.


On Monday, March 23 at 11 a.m., Omaha Public Schools will add to this community-wide effort by providing a limited number of grab-and-go packages with several meals inside for students. Four locations will participate: Skinner Magnet, Gateway Elementary, South High and Benson High. With a focus on health and safety, families will drive through to pick up food. One breakfast and one lunch package of meals will be available per student/child in the vehicle. We hope to continue this service depending on the health conditions and guidance in our community. If additional dates will be available, we will communicate those weekly.


At Omaha Public Schools, the health and safety of our students and staff is our priority. 
 

We take that responsibility seriously. District leaders have been working to monitor national and international developments related to COVID-19. We are in contact with local health officials and experts. We are monitoring national guidance for schools. We are planning for a range of responses that may be called for by public health officials. 

 

What is COVID-19?  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by the Coronavirus (COVID – 19). The CDC is following this rapidly evolving heath situation. On January 31, 2020, the United States declared a public health emergency. 

 
 What has Omaha Public Schools done to prepare for COVID-19? 
 
We are in close contact with the Douglas County Health Department and state health experts. We are also monitoring guidance from the CDC.  

    • We know the information can change rapidly, so we have open lines of communication with experts. 

 

Health officials recommend businesses, schools, colleges and families review plans and prepare. We are doing that.  

    • A team of district staff representing health professionals, Student and Community Services, District Operations, District Communications, Information Management Systems (Technology) and Curriculum and Instruction Support (Academics) have met regularly with the Superintendent to coordinate planning for the responses that may be directed by public health officials.


Members of our District Operations division thoroughly cleaned and disinfected schools over spring break. 

    • Many heightened efforts are now part of our regular cleaning routine. You will see signs throughout schools to reinforce healthy habits.
    • Nutrition Services will adjust procedures to minimize a student’s contact with frequently touched surfaces.

 

As more communities across the United States identify cases of COVID-19, Omaha Public Schools is suspending district-sponsored student and staff travel outside of Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa.  


The CDC and Douglas County Health say the same things that fight the flu are important now:
 

    • Help your students to wash their hands well 
    • Regularly clean and disinfect high-traffic surfaces 
    • Do not drop off your sick child at school 
    • Stay home when you’re sick 
    • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing 
    • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms 

 

When someone is sick, they should stay home to recover and avoid spreading the illness. Attendance is important but safety is the priority. 

 

Where can I find more information? 

 

Omaha Public Schools will communicate relevant updates to staff and families on a regular basis. Look to official district channels (email, district website, social media) for information.