OPS Fine-Tunes Policies

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Changes are in store for students in the Omaha Public School District next school year. The school board approved policy revisions at their meeting Monday night.

One change involves e-cigarettes. They’ve been growing in popularity, so across the metro schools are trying to take steps to stop it from reaching their students.

Papillion-La Vista and Millard school districts have discussed the issue. Now OPS is taking a stand. The board voted Monday night to include wording to ban vaporizing e-cigarettes starting the 2014 to 2015 school year.

Another change approved will govern how school officials take student attendance.

Matt Ray, with OPS, said, “This gives more reasons to have an excused absence for funeral, bereavement school activities. It gives more of a list of reasons that students will be out of school to keep record of why they will be out.”

There will also be a change to athletic eligibility. It was voted on earlier but will now officially go into the code of conduct.

School board president Justin Wayne is also looking towards making more changes. He is creating a subcommittee to look at various issues including the policy for how schools handle punishment.

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