Some OPS students return to in-person learning Monday

Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 6:49 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - For the first time since the pandemic began, some students with Omaha Public Schools will be back in the classroom on Monday.

OPS leaders are bringing back students in a phased approach. Early childhood, elementary, middle, and some other student groups will go back to class under the Family 3/2 Model.

Last names A through K will go back to class Mondays and Tuesdays. L through Z will go back to class Thursdays and Fridays. These groups will alternate on Wednesdays.

Parrish or students in the student success program will head back to class every day.

“This crisis has certainly illuminated many things that happen, not just in our schools but also in our communities and I think that our best measure will be if we are prepared when that time comes. I look at this in phases, I think we are in phase 3 in my regard.  I look at it in 6 phases and I think the recovery phase is certainly the longest," said Dr. Cheryl Logan, OPS superintendent.

The district is taking steps to keep students and staff healthy like requiring masks, spacing out classrooms, and making hallways one way.

Anyone showing symptoms or not feeling well is asked to stay home.

The district hopes testing teachers for COVID-19 will help week out anyone who may be asymptomatic, a system they say is already working.

“We’ll confirm that but I think it was 14 positive cases. That was from the 3,000. All of those people would have been asymptomatic. The testing from last week - I don’t have the numbers yet," said Logan.

The same plan will continue for high school students when they return to school in two weeks.

OPS Return to in-person learning chart.
OPS Return to in-person learning chart.(OPS)

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