Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Cheryl Logan told a neighborhood association meeting Thursday night that with her decision on fall sports on Friday, “it’s going to make our athletes mad.”
“We can have either school or (sports), but we can’t have both,” Logan said on a Zoom meeting with the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance.
Logan led into her comments on athletics by mentioning how OPS has created a contact tracing team.
Contact tracing was needed this week, she said, “because of volume during the summertime.”
“We already could see that with our athletics,” Logan said. “We sacrificed the beginning of the school year so that we could have athletics in the city. Another very bad move.
“I’ll be sharing with the board tomorrow the very bad news, and our athletes are going to be mad.”
Logan said OPS earlier in the week quarantined 17 people in one school off “one very close contact.”
What OPS could do is either start fall sports late, with Aug. 31 pushed by OPS administrators to the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Metro Conference at meetings earlier this week, or cancel fall sports entirely.
At the Metro meeting for athletic directors on Wednesday, all schools not in OPS said they were planning to start fall sports workouts on time on Monday.
Summer workouts for high school sports reopened statewide in two phases, on June 1 for weight rooms and conditioning, plus youth softball and baseball, and July 1 for contact sports activity. In each instance, OPS didn’t start immediately.