Getting Ready For Back To School

Nebraska's largest school district, Omaha Public Schools, goes back to school next week.

That means its time for the districts, teachers and administrators to get everything prepared for the students first day.

With the start of the school year is just a few days away for ops students, teacher Katie Backhuss is already hard at work preparing her sixth grade classroom

"My school year starts shopping for school supplies, I get notebooks for my kiddos, folders, crayons extra pencils because those are a hot commodity in sixth grade," she said.

Backhuss said she wants everything to be just right when her students at Liberty Elementary arrive for their first day.

"I like to put their names on everything," she said. 'Kids really like to see their names especially when they get to see what friends are in their class. I really like to get my books out then they can see I have more than one kind of book so they can choose what they're reading."

With a mid-August start date, Backhuss knows it will be a challenge to keep the student's minds on school work.

Other workers in the district are busy with other chores, like doing some last minute check ups on the district's school busses.

Back inside Liberty School, the principal has to make sure the entire school is ready for the more than 600 students.

"Make sure the systems are in place, make sure lunch is ready, the lunch schedule, there's a lot of things about scheduling, all the specialist we have art music and P.E.," Principal Ilka Oberst said.

There's a lot of work to do in a short period of time, but teachers and administrators are sure that everything will be in place when that first school bell rings,

Millard Public Schools and Elkhorn start on Monday.

Bellevue and Westside start on Tuesday.


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