Thank you for visiting the Student and Community Services Attendance page.
The Omaha Public Schools strongly believes that daily attendance
is critical to academic achievement as well as social and emotional
well-being. We expect every student to attend school and classes on time
and every day. OPS Research shows that there is a direct correlation
between student attendance and academic achievement. When comparing
proficiency rates of two groups of tested third through eighth grade students,
an additional 13% of students were proficient in English Language Arts and an
additional 16% were proficient in Math when they were present for 97% or more
(missing nine days or less throughout the school year).
In accordance to the Nebraska State Statute 79-209, click here, the Omaha Public Schools
District has in place an attendance policy that supports the encouragement of
daily attendance while providing supports and resources to students and
families. Attendance supports within schools include School Support
Liaisons (SSLs) and Attendance Designees (Elementary Assistant Principals)as
well as School Counselors, School Social Workers and additional members of
Attendance Teams. If you need assistance with attendance issues, please
contact your child's building administrator, School Support Liaison, School
Counselor or School Social Worker.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to call their child's school
(School Secretary and/or Attendance Secretary) as soon as they are aware their
child will be absent.
See OPS Attendance Policy 5008: Click here
See OPS Pregnant and Parenting Students Policy 5403: Click here
Attending school on time and every day is a critical and necessary factor for student success. Showing up for school and being ready to learn has a huge impact on student academic success and their connectedness to school starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school.
STRIVE FOR 95 focuses on students missing no more than 9 days throughout the year. Students are expected to arrive on time and be engaged in learning throughout the academic day.
Attendance matters. Students who maintain the STRIVE FOR 95 goal are more likely to be on or above grade level academically, be socially and emotionally connected to the school and staff and remain on track to high school graduation.
Ensuring students arrive on time and attend school throughout the day is everyone’s responsibility.
Administrative and Support Staff Responsibilities