Four OPS employees detailed for the school board Monday evening how staffing shortages are interrupting classroom education. "The district is on a precipice of a disaster," one teacher said.
Omaha Public Schools employees told the school board on Monday night staffing shortages are interrupting the school day.
Omaha Public Schools officials have created a "concierge team" that allows parents or community members to work part-time in the district.
OPS has some full-time bilingual liaisons, but students and their families speak more than 100 different languages. The district has contracted about 20 students to help at parent-teacher conferences.
Jenni Benson, president of the Nebraska State Education Association, said the state faces a "massive teacher shortage," at a time when students need more one-on-one support from educators to thrive.
OPS is pursuing a worthy plan for academic recovery in the wake of COVID; the district must be flexible to maximize benefits for students.
Omaha Public Schools will launch a new website on Oct. 1 and a mobile app for families later this fall.
The Omaha Public Schools board has approved plans for how the district will spend millions in federal COVID-19 relief funds.
An Omaha Public Schools official estimated that 50 to 60 of the district's approximately 500 bus routes are being affected by the driver shortage.
Omaha Public Schools officials have announced changes to the college and career academies and pathways that have been proposed for all of the district's current and future high schools.
A 33-year-old woman complained to Omaha police Monday after she was removed from an elementary school for refusing to wear a mask.
OPS Superintendent Cheryl Logan said the district has learned how to operate in a pandemic and has protocols in place that officials hope will keep students in classrooms.
Parents can call OPS's transportation number and be connected to North End Teleservices' hotline. Workers there can help answer questions about bus stops, bus schedules or any potential delays.
Omaha Public Schools officials want the community to weigh in on how to spend $280.5 million in federal COVID-19 relief money.
Cheryl Logan will earn an annual salary of $313,890 during the coming year — an increase from her current base salary of $300,000. The increase is her first since joining the district in 2018.
The judges affirmed the lower court's ruling that the district and the former principal of Davis Middle School did not have "actual notice" that teacher Brian Robeson was abusing a student.
Beginning next month, masks and face coverings will be optional in Omaha Public Schools buildings, the school board has decided.
Gov. Pete Ricketts issued three vetoes earlier this week. On Wednesday, the Legislature overrode all three.
Sen. Mark Kolterman was optimistic about overriding the veto of the OPS pension bill, noting that 38 senators voted for the bill on final passage.
The proposal for the transfer would enable greater efficiency and cost savings, while rightly requiring that OPS bear the sole responsibility for the pension obligations.
The school board voted to renew the district's contract with T-Mobile for one year. That means continued connectivity to the 56,400 iPads for students and staff this summer and next school year.
The bill says OPS remains responsible for its almost $1 billion pension shortfall. But Gov. Pete Ricketts says Nebraska taxpayers might someday get stuck with the bill, raising the prospect of a veto.
Omaha Public Schools has announced it will join other metro school districts in not offering remote learning next school year.
Omaha Public Schools officials want parents and staff to weigh in on the timing of and duration of breaks, the start and end of the school year and the timing of conferences.
The new high schools will be called Buena Vista, at 60th and L Streets, and Westview, at 156th and Ida Streets.