- When are enrollment forms due?
We will accept enrollment throughout the year, however it is advised that forms be turned in by August 5th for the August 17th start.
- When is accompanying paperwork (such as immunization records) due?
Students need to have either their immunization records in or the waiver in order to attend face to face classes.
The birth certificate and student physical/visual examination need to be turned in no later than 60 days after the start of the school year.
**If parents need the waiver form for the immunization and/or the physical/visual examination, please request these by email email@example.com.
- In the enrollment paperwork there was Learning Community Opt-in Paperwork. I currently live in Omaha Public Schools' district, do I need to fill this out?
No, OPS residents do not submit Learning Community forms for enrollment in an OPS school.
- What is the next step after completing enrollment?
Select an orientation date to attend. Three-hour orientations will be held multiple times on August 17, 18, 19 for families to attend. At the orientation students will receive their tech kits, learn how to log into their computer, Office 365, and K12, along with other important "getting started" information. This is also a chance for families and students to meet their teachers.
Since the first day of school is on a Wednesday (August 17), and that is the middle of our school week, we won't start our official classes until August 23rd.
- What determines a student's acceptance into OVS?
We will review enrollment to ensure that this school environment is the best fit for a student. In addition, we need to ensure that we are following Rules 18, 19, and 13 for the Nebraska Department of Education.
- "How do I unenroll my student(s) and switch back to our current district?
Parents/guardians will need to simply enroll their student(s) back in their resident district. Students who want to return to homeschool status, would need to reapply with the state. If the students are dual enrolled and no longer want to dual enroll, they need to notify the state of the change in dual enrollment status.
- What is the Omaha Virtual School?
The Omaha Virtual School is the first virtual school in the State of Nebraska, created by Omaha Public Schools. The school will serve grades K-8. Instruction is designed to let students own their learning. The blended learning model combines the benefits of the virtual and traditional classrooms.
- What is a blended learning model?
Omaha Virtual School is unlike other virtual schools. In that students will participate in blended learning, rather than 100 percent online learning. This allows students and families to connect and engage in a supportive learning community. In a blended learning model, students complete online coursework at home, with the guidance of their parents (learning coaches). To enrich online learning, students participate in engaging, face-to-face learning activities at least once or twice a week (depending upon grade level). These activities will include labs, guest speakers, field trips, cooperative learning opportunities and much more! In addition to the weekly scheduled activities, our teachers offer work days to allow students to receive face-to-face help and virtual help sessions.
- Is there a cost to attend?
Omaha Virtual School is free to attend.
- Who is eligible to enroll?
This is a pilot-program intended to meet specific needs within the Omaha metropolitan area. For the first year, this program will only serve home-school students who can dual-enroll in the program. We hope to expand the program in the future.
- How would my child benefit from attending the Omaha Virtual School?
Your child will be given an unprecedented degree of accessibility, flexibility and efficiency so that he or she has the opportunity to receive a high quality education to become future ready, today. This means your child will receive a great deal of personal attention from teachers, have more extensive course offerings than traditional schools, and learn in a safe environment.
- What is my role as a parent/guardian in my child's learning experience in your program?
A parent or the individual designated as the parent representative (on the Nebraska Department of Education exempt school application) will serve as a learning coach. The learning coach will monitor student progress at home, ensure on-task and engagement in the course content, and communicate with the Student Learning Advocate if any issues, concerns or questions arise.
- Is the program accredited?
Yes, this is an accredited program offered through Omaha Public Schools.
- What are the backgrounds of the teachers?
All Omaha Virtual School teachers are Nebraska-certified and highly-qualified in their content area. They are hired by Omaha Public Schools and meet the same requirements as all OPS teachers.
- Where will the face-to-face enrichment learning activities take place?
These will be held in the Metropolitan Community College classrooms on the second floor inside DoSpace (72nd & Dodge Streets).
- Who is responsible for the transportation of my child to the face-to-face enrichment activities?
The parent/guardian is responsible for transporting the child to the enrichment activities at DoSpace. Please note that there may be programing available to parents/guardians (learning coaches) and possibly even younger siblings, during the enrichment time provided by DoSpace, Metropolitan Community College or the Virtual School.
- My family travels quite a bit. Are the face-to-face learning activities mandatory? If yes, can they be made up?
Yes, the face-to-face enrichment activities are mandatory. There may be options available to make-up sessions. We will be as flexible as we can to meet the needs of families.
- My child does not have access to a computer. How will he/she be able to participate?
Omaha Public Schools will provide a device to all students enrolled in the program for free. This is their device to use for the duration of their enrollment in the program. They will have to return the device at the end of each school year for updates and maintenance.
- We do not have Internet access in our home. How will my child participate in online learning?
We realize that not all families have Internet access. If you do not have access, there are options available through Cox Communications with the Connect to Compete program. This program offers families low-cost Internet access, if they are eligible. Click here for more information. In addition, students can also access wireless internet at public libraries DoSpace, and other public spaces.
- What if my child is not computer literate? Can he/she still participate? Is there support?
Students do not need to have an extensive knowledge of computers to be successful. Our trained staff has the ability to walk students through problems they may encounter using their new device. During orientation we will help families and students set up their device.
- As a parent, I am not very computer literate, what supports do you have in place for me so I can assist my child?
Through our partnerships with DoSpace and Metropolitan Community College, we are able to offer many programs and learning opportunities to parents and families. These could be offered online and face-to-face (even while your student is attending his/her enrichment activities. Our program is focused on helping the WHOLE family become future ready.
- Do you know which curriculum you will be using?
K12.com is our content/curriculum provider and learning management system provider.
- How will my child's progress be monitored?
We provide a positive and caring support system. The parent representative/learning coach helps facilitate the student's daily progress. We will frequently measure students’ mastery of concepts in order to personalize learning. In addition, the Omaha Virtual School has a Student Learning Advocate on staff who will provide feedback and is available to answer questions for both the learning coach and the student if any questions or concerns arise.
- How will my child socialize in your program?
We will offer various field trips, family socials, and provide various collaborative opportunities during the face-to-face enrichment days to promote student interaction. In addition, we will interact with students and experts in our community and throughout the world using Skype in the Classroom.
- Will grades 9-12 be offered at Omaha Virtual School in the future?
We hope to expand to grades 9-12 for the next school year and partner with Metropolitan Community College for additional dual enrollment opportunities.
- Are students required to participate in state testing?
Students are required to take state assessments.
- Will the Omaha Virtual School be able to accommodate students with an IEP?
Homeschool students receive Special Education services from the public schools in the district in which they reside. If your student has an IEP, our teaching staff will work to provide the accommodations on the IEP, however we do not have a special education teacher on the virtual school staff at this time.
- Will I have to provide an immunization record for my student(s) to participate in the virtual school?
Yes, meeting the schedule for immunizations is a requirement for all Omaha Public School students, including virtual school students. However, Nebraska provides the option for a a medical waiver signed by a licensed healthcare provider and/or a religious waiver to be signed in the presence of a notary public. Please email the program director for additional information and the appropriate forms for Omaha Public Schools at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I enroll my child?
Complete the application page on our website to apply for the program. Enrollment information will be sent out (via email and/or mail) to those who apply. Homeschool families will need to indicate that their child is dual-enrolled at the Omaha Virtual School on the 2016-17 Information Summary for Parent Representative Form when they apply for exempt (home) school status to the Nebraska Department of Education. Additional information on this process can be found here.
- Where is the school located?
The office for the virtual school staff is located at the Teacher and Administrator Center (TAC):
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131
Face-to-face enrichment activities are located at the DoSpace (second floor):
7205 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114
- Where can I find additional information?
Additional information can found at http://www.omahavirtualschool.org/
Phone: (531) 299-0269
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