Your Guide to Major Omaha Metro Area School Districts’ 2020-21 School Year Plans

July 31, 2020Add a CommentPosted By

School districts across the Greater Omaha area are working diligently to determine what exactly learning will look like as they navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Many school districts have said they will reopen for in-person learning at least for some students, while also making contingency plans in the event that buildings need to close again in the future.

And because the information is always changing, it can be pretty confusing. That’s why we’ve created a handy guide to major Omaha school districts and their proposed reopening plans.

Please note: this list includes major local school districts that have outlined their reopening plans online. If your school district has not been included here, we recommend calling them directly to inquire about their plans. We have also made sure to mention any online options schools are offering, but have left out information on districts whose remote learning registrations have already closed.

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Bellevue Public Schools | Bennington Public Schools | Council Bluffs Schools | Elkhorn Public Schools | Gretna Public Schools | Lewis Central Community Schools | Millard Public SchoolsOmaha Catholic SchoolsOmaha Public Schools | Papillion-La Vista School District | Plattsmouth Community Schools | Ralston Public Schools | Westside Community Schools

 

Bellevue Public Schools

School Start Date: August 13

Current Learning Status: In-Person with Online Options

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The Bellevue Public Schools 2020-2021 school year will begin on August 13th with a goal to have all student learning conducted in person. The school district is using the Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial, a four-color risk scale, to inform the district’s return to school approach for 2020-21. Currently, the dial is set to yellow-moderate, which means the traditional school district calendar will be followed with modified daily schedules to allow for social distancing. For a detailed return to school approach, click here.

Bellevue Public Schools will also be providing students and families with an in-home learning option through the BPS At-Home Learning Program. Families who choose to place their children into the BPS At-Home Learning Program will be required to remain in the program for at least one semester to ensure continuity of learning.

 

Bennington Public Schools

School Start Date: August 12

Current Learning Status: In-Person with Online Options

Bennington Public Schools has made a Return to Learn Plan, outlining their hopes to safely return as many students as possible to in-person school settings. They’ve created it using the current recommendations from the CDC, the UMNC and local and state government health officials. They are going to be using the Douglas County Health Department Risk Assessment Dial—which is similar to the Sarpy/Cass Health Department Dial—that is updated on a weekly basis to make decisions on how to approach student learning. For a detailed return to school approach, including transportation and after-school activity updates, click here.

They will also offer homebound services for learning during the 20-21 school year for those who are required for medical reasons to keep children at home.

 

Council Bluffs Schools

School Start Date: August 24

Current Learning Status: On-Site or Hybrid with Online Options

Council Bluffs Schools is planning on starting the school year on August 24 under either the On-Site Learning Plan or the Hybrid Learning Plan. Their On-Site Learning Plan would allow for all staff and students to attend classes at school on a daily basis, while the Hybrid Learning Plan would assign roughly half of the students to attend classes at school either on Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday schedules, participate in class remotely on the opposite days, and also remotely on Mondays. They also have a Remote Plan prepared just in case. Masks are required for staff and students to wear when social distancing is difficult or not possible. For a full return to school plan and information on Council Bluffs Schools’ health and safety approach, click here.

Council Bluffs also has a Virtual School Option for students who choose to learn from home with classes taught by licensed teachers utilizing Council Bluffs Community School District curriculum and the Iowa Academic Standards. This option is open to all students as well as students from other Iowa school districts at no cost.

 

Elkhorn Public Schools

School Start Date: August 18

Current Learning Status: In-Person

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Elkhorn Public Schools has closely monitored the pandemic and has taken guidance from public health officials regarding the return to school for the upcoming school year. In reviewing this information, they are welcoming nearly 100% of students to school for in-classroom instruction on their originally scheduled date of Tuesday, August 18. They are implementing safety protocols, including frequent surface cleaning, symptom checks, hand washing, social distancing and face coverings. Students and staff will be expected to wear masks as much as reasonable and appropriate.

Elkhorn Public Schools recognizes that information is always changing and that there is a very real possibility of switching from in-person to remote learning. With this in mind, they have created several backup plans that may need to be implemented at any time throughout the school year. For more information, click here.

 

Gretna Public Schools

School Start Date: August 13

Current Learning Status: In-Person with Online Learning Options

Gretna Public Schools plans to continue with their scheduled start date of August 13, with all students in school and enhanced safety precautions. Parents are asked to screen their children for temperature and other symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, a sore throat and not feeling well before school. Building cleaning will be stepped up, with increased frequency of hand-washing and sanitizing. Students and staff are also asked to wear a mask when they cannot social distance. Click here to stay updated.

 

Lewis Central Community Schools

School Start Date: August 25

Current Learning Status: In-Person with Online Options

Lewis Central Community Schools will be returning to in-person learning on their campuses on August 25, unless the local Department of Public Health recommends a different plan. Their “Return to Learn” plan outlines the expectation of mask utilization by students, grades four and above, and staff; significant efforts to practice social distancing; upgraded cleaning and sanitizing protocols; health screening; and alternatives for students who will not be in attendance on campus. As with everything in 2020, things are always changing. We recommend following Lewis Central Community Schools on social media to stay updated with the most current information.

 

Millard Public Schools

School Start Date: August 10

Current Learning Status: In-Person with Online Options

Millard Public Schools has made a Return to School plan, outlining their hopes to safely return as many students as possible to in-person school settings. They are following guidelines as determined by the Douglas County Health Department—including the Douglas County Health Department Risk Assessment Dial, which is updated on a weekly basis. Currently, masks are required of all students and staff members when not social distancing and hand sanitizer will be offered at all entrances and exits throughout the schools. For a more complete list of current Millard Public Schools COVID-19 protocols, click here.

Millard Public Schools will also offer homebound services for learning during the 20-21 school year for those who would rather keep their children at home. On the week of July 20, principals should have communicated with families via email and offered families this remote experience. Families that are interested should complete the survey link included in that email or reach out to their building principal.

Omaha Catholic Schools

School Start Date: Varies

Current Learning Status: In-person with Other Options

The Catholic Schools Office issued its a plan in July for reopening Catholic schools throughout the Omaha archdiocese this fall. Their plan prioritizes full-time, in-person attendance, but allows for other options based on individual school environments and local health considerations. Because the plan will vary depending on the school, we recommend calling your school directly to get the most accurate information.

 

Omaha Public Schools

School Start Date: August 18

Current Learning Status: Remote

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After evaluating current health conditions, Omaha Public Schools has decided to implement the 100% Remote Learning Instructional Model through the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year. They will continue to work with the Douglas County Health Department and other state and local officials to regularly evaluate health conditions in the community. Because of the change, schools will now start on August 18th. Click here for the most recent updates from OPS.

 

Papillion-La Vista School District

School Start Date: August 11-12

Current Learning Status: In-Person with Online Options

The PapillionLa Vista School District has recently released their Return to School Plan for the fall. As of now, they are planning to return to 100% in-person classes, with masks required, social distancing implemented where feasible, a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting schedule and more. You can read all of their COVID-19 health and safety regulations, here.

But, as with everything in 2020, things could change rapidly. So the Papillion-La Vista School District has prepared a number of other plans just in case, from limiting the number of students in school to closing the school for remote-only learning. Students with pre-existing medical conditions who will not be able to attend school in-person, will have received communication from the school in July. Families with a child who does not have a pre-existing medical condition or extenuating family circumstances, will need to follow the information on their current Return to School Plan, which you can read here.

 

Plattsmouth Community Schools

School Start Date: August 12-13

Current Learning Status: In-Person with Online Options

After surveying parents, Plattsmouth Community Schools has decided to reopen schools for 100% in-person learning this fall. Face coverings and feasible social distancing will be required. They are also going to be following the Sarpy/Cass Health Department COVID-19 Risk Dial, a four-color risk scale, to make sure they are providing the safest environment possible for students. This means that they have created a variety of other plans in case the Sarpy/Cass Health Department moves the COVID-19 risk dial up a level, from moving to hybrid in-person/online classes to entirely online learning.

They are also planning to offer enhanced remote learning and virtual options for children whose parents are not comfortable sending their children to school in August due to health concerns. Parents who feel that remote/virtual learning would be best for their children should contact the building principal where their children attend school. You can find a complete list of principal contact information, here.

 

Ralston Public Schools

School Start Date: August 11-12

Current Learning Status: Hybrid 

Due to the constantly changing nature of the pandemic, Ralston Public Schools has produced a very flexible plan that could change on a weekly basis, depending on the current health of the school and the community. The plan is based on a color code: Green means there is a low risk and in-person classes with social distancing will resume; Yellow means there is a medium risk and in-person classes with a de-densified population will resume; Red means there is a high risk and classes will move online. School calendars and daily schedules have been developed for each level of operation. As of now, the school district intends to start the school year in the Yellow Level on Tuesday, August 11th.

 

Westside Community Schools

School Start Date: August 18

Current Learning Status: Hybrid

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Westside Community Schools is another school district that plans to use a color-coded plan based on information from local health experts: Green for 100% in-person learning with social distancing guidelines and safety measures in place; Yellow for hybrid learning with 50% of students at school at a time; and Red for no on-campus learning and video instruction. As of now, they are currently on Yellow status and plan 50% in-person learning, with not all students in schools at the same time, starting on August 18th. They are creating these plans for 4-6 weeks at a time. The current plan is focused on August 18-September 30, based on expert advice given in July. Their plan will evolve week to week as they gather feedback from medical leaders and others in the community. You can read it in full, here.

 

What did we miss?

Because information is always changing, it’s very likely that we’ve missed important information! If you know something we don’t, let us know in the comments so we can add it here.


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