OPS Extending Indoor Mask Requirement to Beginning of 2022

Dec. 15, 2021, 11:22 a.m. ·

Adult hands out a blue facemask to a child
Douglas County Health Departments is extending its mask mandate for at least one more week, pending hospital capacity numbers in Omaha. (Photo by Becca Costello, Nebraska Public Media News)

Omaha Public Schools (OPS) will extend its mask mandate to protect against COVID-19 into the Spring 2022 semester. OPS Superintendent Cheryl Logan said it was important to communicate the health measure as soon as possible.

“Looking at community health conditions and talking with partners last Thursday, it was clear our current health and safety measures should not change at this time,” Logan said. “Once we had that information, it was important to share it, rather than waiting through winter break.”

Logan said winter break is the perfect time to get a vaccine for those who are eligible. She said children ages 5-11 are now eligible, so almost everyone attending public school is old enough.

Logan mentioned conversations are ongoing with health partners in the community about the COVID-19 situation.