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Omaha-metro school districts close, adjust schedules Wednesday due to windy weather

Bellevue Public Schools closed, OPS plans remote-learning day, several others planning early dismissal
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Published: Dec. 14, 2021 at 3:35 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Schools, districts, and some businesses were announcing plans to close or adjust schedules Wednesday in anticipation of the dangerously high winds that could bring record-high temperatures to the Omaha-metro.

Omaha Public Schools announced Tuesday afternoon that it would cancel in-person classes and other school activities Wednesday in anticipation of “inclement weather.”

Greetings OPS Families:

Due to the predicted inclement weather, Omaha Public Schools is canceling in-person classes and school related activities for tomorrow. It will be a remote learning day for all OPS students. Omaha Public Schools Foundation Kids Club is also closed.

All students will experience “live” or synchronous teaching and learning in the morning, with teacher availability for questions later in the day. Teachers will take attendance. More specific information will be coming from your child’s teacher(s).

Elementary Students

Elementary students will begin their day at 9 a.m. with a morning check in.

Secondary Students

Secondary students will follow a shortened class scheduled with specific times depending on a block or nine-period schedule. Secondary students will begin at 8:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Please stay safe and warm.

Omaha Public Schools letter to families

*ATTENTION FAMILIES* Omaha Public Schools will have a REMOTE learning day for students and staff on Dec. 15th due to inclement weather. Questions? Click here: www.ops.org

Posted by Omaha Public Schools on Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Bellevue Public Schools announced that they would be fully closed on Wednesday “due to some very unique forecasted weather,” noting “there are numerous factors that go into these decisions.”

Council Bluffs Public Schools announced early dismissal plans for Wednesday.

Fremont Public Schools will also be letting school out early, including Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools and Trinity Lutheran Schools.

Tuesday night, Lincoln Public Schools announced no in-person, remote, and all activities canceled Wednesday for the weather conditions.

Other schools, organizations, and businesses were also posting closings Tuesday evening with others notifying on Wednesday.

Wednesday morning, Papillion-La Vista Community Schools announced early dismissal times: elementary and full-day pre-schools are dismissing at 2 p.m. while middle schools will dismiss at 1:45 p.m. High schools were already scheduled to dismiss at 1:10 p.m.

Elkhorn Public Schools let their families know just after 11 a.m. Wednesday that they would be dismissing an hour early with busses running accordingly.

While temperatures could reach as high as 73 degrees, the 6 First Alert Weather team is predicting strong winds with gusts of up to 75 miles per hour in some parts of the Omaha-metro and the threat of a few strong to severe storms developing and moving northeast incredibly quickly.

A high wind warning is in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Power outages and wind damage are expected, with high fire danger as well.

The 6 News team discusses potentially damaging winds heading towards the Omaha-metro area on Wednesday afternoon.

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