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OPS announces phased in-person return after winter break; semester will start fully remote

Posted at 5:45 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 18:45:48-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Omaha Public Schools announced a phased return to in-person learning for the second semester on Wednesday.

The district said the approach will “allow for a gradual transition with the health and safety of students and staff at the forefront. After winter recess, students will open the year fully remote and will transition into the Family 3/2 model.”

Staff will teach from their classroom and students will start the semester as scheduled on Tuesday, Jan. 5 using their district-provided device from home.

Here are the dates for that phased return in-person:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021: All students begin with remote instruction following the normal bell schedule. JP Lord School returns in-person five days a week.
  • Monday, Jan. 11, 2021: K-12 ACP, Transition, Elementary BSP, Early Childhood Special Education, Homebased/Homebound, and Hearing Impaired classrooms return in-person five days a week.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021: All students return in-person following the Family 3/2 Model attendance calendar. Gateway to College, OPS/UNO Middle College Program, Parrish, Student Success Program and the Zoo Academy return in person five days a week.

In-person learning will continue with the Family 3/2 Model in the weeks that follow Jan. 19.

The district said the remote learning program will remain an option for students who wish to continue learning full-time from home during the second semester.

The district cautioned that health conditions evolve rapidly and if any adjustments are needed, as much notification as possible will be provided.

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