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Omaha Public Schools are holding a press conference on Friday to discuss the fall semester and sports. Follow along with World-Herald reporters covering the press conference.
School was supposed to start on Tuesday. Pushing the start of school back by a week will allow teachers time to plan, and district in-service will be offered to teachers.
Students at Omaha North High School have launched a website and created a petition asking for a remote start to the school year.
More than two dozen parents, teachers and community members showed up to the OPS meeting to say they are scared about the start of the school year.
District officials aren't just looking to start school, "we're looking to continue on and not have to have as many disruptions we could potentially anticipate."
"This is a teacher alliance," the teachers chanted. "Our governor doesn't listen to science."
OPS will become a one-to-one technology district, meaning every student in the district will be given an iPad, but the handout of the devices will be staggered.
From boarding a bus to eating lunch, OPS officials gave a preview of what students can expect when school starts.