Omaha Public Schools Plan to Split Attendance When School Returns

July 2, 2020, 1:35 p.m. ·

Omaha Public School's Omaha Northwest High School's cafeteria after being cleaned, preparing for the upcoming school year. (Courtesy Omaha Public Schools)

Omaha Public Schools is going ahead with a plan that will split attendance between in-person and remote learning this coming school year to allow for social distancing in classrooms.

Students will be divided into two groups based on their last names. Students with the last names starting with A-K will attend school in-person Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with the last name starting with L-Z will attend school in-person each Thursday and Friday, with the groups alternating Wednesdays.

Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Logan said the district has reviewed local and state health recommendations and their plan is to open schools safely and responsibly.

"In order to do so we needed to select a model for instruction using social distancing guidelines limiting impacts on families, consistency to monitor health and well-being, and communication," Logan said.

Students and faculty will be required to wear masks at school and campuses will be sanitized daily. The school board is looking to move the first day of school to August 11.