Omaha Virtual School FAQs

Who is eligible to attend Omaha Virtual School?

Nebraska students who are in grades K–12 for the 2020-21 school year and who are able to physically attend the in-person enrichment time at our facility as specified for their grade level are eligible to apply. Face-to-face sessions will be held once per week for 3 hours for K-8 and 4 hours for 9th-12th grade, at the Omaha Teacher Administrative Center at 3215 Cuming Street, 4th floor.
District/State Policy on Kindergarten Admission: The school board of any school district shall not admit any child into the kindergarten of any school of such school district unless such child has reached the age of five years on or before July 31 of the calendar year in which the school year for which the child is seeking admission begins.

What does it take for a student to be successful at Omaha Virtual School?

A committed, actively involved parent/learning coach

OVS is a unique program that requires strong support from the parent who is the identified learning coach. The learning coach must be committed to working with the student daily. The following is the expectation of a learning coach by grade level.

  • K–2 students require a learning coach to sit by and work with the student on their online and offline learning activities.
  • 3rd–5th grade students require the learning coach to work with the student daily, but if the student is an independent reader, he/she may be able to navigate through lessons independently. Lesson assessments, projects, etc. require learning coach’s engagement.
  • 6th–11th grade students require a learning coach to monitor the student progress in the courses, daily. Ensure that assignments, projects, and assessments are completed and turned in. Learning coaches need to be aware of the course pacing guides and keep students on track on pace to complete coursework for each semester.

A motivated, engaged learner

Learners at OVS are expected to engage with their peers and teachers during class time at school and at home. Students should be working at least 6 hours a day on school work and actively engage with their teachers and parents if they encounter difficulties or have questions.

What is the enrollment process for a potential OVS student?

During our open enrollment period, OVS applications can started by submitting the application via the “Learn How to Enroll” link on the right side of the homepage at omahavirtualschoool.org. The first form must be completed in its entirety and submitted with a transcript or report card that includes attendance data. Incomplete applications may be delayed in processing. OVS may request additional information from your student’s last school. If accepted to move on in the enrollment process, our secretary will contact you for additional records needed to enroll in Omaha Public Schools.

What determines a student's acceptance into OVS?

Omaha Public School’s student placement office will review student’s application for transfer students. Input from the student’s current school counselor may be required on the student application. High parent involvement, student attendance, are amongst some of the factors that are reviewed at this time. Another consideration is that OVS does not have a nurse, dean/behavior support, or counselor on site.

What does a high school student need to be eligible for this program?

Since we do not offer credit recovery, a high school student must be credit sufficient to enter our program. To start at 2nd semester, incoming high school students must meet the following criteria:

Grade

Credits Needed First Semester Entry

Credits Needed Second Semester Entry

9th

0

6

10th

13

19

11th

25

31

12th (beginning 2020–2021 )

37

43

Where is the program located?

K–11th Grade (12th grade starting 2020–2021)

Omaha Teacher and Administrative Center, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131

Who is responsible for the transportation of students to the school?

The parent/guardian is responsible for transporting the child to the school. OVS does not offer any transportation.

When are classes held at Omaha Virtual School?

K-12th grade students are required to attend class at least once/week.

Additionally, students are required to attend LIVE, weekly online lessons throughout the week.

Optional Independent Study Lab is held once per week for students who wish to get extra time with the teachers. This may be required for students who fall behind, or are on academic probation.

Does a student need to be registered for Home School Exempt Status with the state?

Students only need to register for exemption status with the state if they are part-time students who are taking courses at home AND courses through OVS.

Does a student only have to do school work on the days they are at school?

All learners must be engaged in 30 hours of coursework per week. These hours are a combination on face-to-face, online engagement, and offline engagement (reading, projects, etc.) They are expected to complete a lesson per day, per course, if not more. Additionally, there are live, online lessons taught weekly that students must participate in. We monitor student engagement online and have pacing guides to help students stay on track to complete courses within the designated time frame (semester-long courses for 6th–12th grade, and year-long courses for K–5th grade).

Does the computer do all the teaching? What is the parent’s role?

The computer does NOT do all the teaching in our environment. The parent’s role is one that we refer to as a learning coach. The parent is responsible for ensuring that the student is engaging in school at home by providing a schedule, expectations, quiet learning environment, and most importantly monitoring student progress. The parent MUST be in regular communication with the teachers to help support the student. In the K–5 environment, the learning coach role is more hands-on, but is equally important in the 6th–12th grade learning environment. The learning coach must be organized and be able to work with the student when he/she is engaged in learning.

What special education services does Omaha Virtual School provide?

OVS offers online, level 1 services (no more than 3 hours/week).

 

Need more information? Contact Brooke Donnelly, OVS Secretary, at 531-299-0269 or virtualschool@ops.org

Where can I find additional information?

Website: https://ovs.k12.com
Twitter: @OPS_Virtual
Facebook: facebook.com/OPSVirtualSchool