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OEA says OPS decision makes jobs difficult for teachers

Posted at 5:45 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 18:51:59-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The President of the Omaha Education Association tells 3 News Now that teachers were just adjusting to educating virtually.

Now, they’ll be forced to teach half their class in the school, and the other half online.

“Making a decision at the 3,000 foot level kind of makes sense and yeah that can make it work, but actually being on the ground and doing and implementing that stuff, is a totally different picture,” says OEA President Bobby Miller.

The Douglas County Health Department released data Thursday showing 42 positive cases coming from either students or staff at K-12 schools over the last two weeks, and 274 people are being quarantined.

Looking around the metro, Millard Public Schools brought back students for full in person learning in late August and have reported 13 active cases, with 152 quarantining.

Westside reports 12 total cases. Ralston says they’ve had 11.

Omaha Public Schools has 10 staff members that have tested positive, even without students in buildings.

Miller says there’s a possibility that could spike when kids come back.

“There’s data to show that you will have cases,” says Miller.