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OPS continues COVID-19 testing for staff; 25 cases found so far

OPS continues COVID-19 testing for staff; 25 cases found so far

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Students arrive Monday at Springville Elementary School for the first day of in-person classes for Omaha Public Schools elementary schools on Oct. 5, 2020.

The Omaha school district is continuing to test staff for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure as in-person lessons resume.

An Omaha Public Schools spokeswoman said 5,332 employees have been tested and 25 positive cases had been found as of Friday.

On Monday, high school students are scheduled to resume in-person lessons for the first time since March. In preparation, the district is testing staff connected to that return.

COVID-19 testing is required for all district personnel — including bus drivers, teachers and the superintendent.

OPS has planned a phased approach to returning students to in-person lessons. Elementary and middle school students returned to in-person lessons last week, although some students opted to continue remote learning.

The schools are opening under the district’s Family 3/2 Model, which calls for students to be divided into two groups, each of which will attend school in person for part of the week.

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Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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