Omaha Public Schools students will begin the second semester of the school year by doing remote learning until the middle of January.
The school district announced on Wednesday that students will begin the semester with remote learning on Jan. 5. Teachers will provide instruction from their classrooms and students are expected to tune in from home on their district-provided iPads.
Students will return to in-person learning following the Family 3/2 model on Jan. 19. Under that model, students throughout the district are divided into two groups, each of which attends school in person part of the week.
After starting the school year remotely, OPS opened schools for in-person learning in October under the Family 3/2 model.
Special education students will return to school five days a week as early as Jan. 5.
Students still will have the option to do full remote learning in the second semester if they don’t want to return to in-person lessons.
“We know students learn best in person,” the letter to families said. “We are also working closely with public health leaders and medical experts for the health, safety and well-being of everyone in our school communities. This phased return in-person at the start of second semester will limit traffic on-site and allow students and families to return to their routine following an extended winter break.”
Winter break this year is from Dec. 14 to Jan. 1.
Also on Wednesday, the Douglas County Health Department reported 844 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total case number to 32,990 since the pandemic began in March.
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