Who is eligible to attend Omaha Virtual School (OVS)?

Nebraska students who are in grades K–10 for the 2018–2019 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. K—8 students attend once each school week, and 9th grade students attend twice each school week. Students must also have an adult available to facilitate learning at home during the day.

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 OVS?

1) A committed, actively involved parent or guardian who acts as a Learning Coach

OVS is a unique program that requires strong support from the parent or guardian who chooses to fulfill the role of Learning Coach. The Learning Coach must be committed to working with the student(s) daily. The student’s age determines the extent of the Learning Coach's involvement.  The hours listed below are estimates and may vary depending on a student’s needs and abilities.  

  • Students in grades K–2 require their Learning Coach to work with them on their online and offline learning activities. 
  • Students in grades 3–5 require their Learning Coach to work with them daily, but students who are independent readers may be able to navigate through lessons independently. Lesson assessments, projects, etc. require a Learning Coach's engagement.
  • Students in grade 6–10 require a Learning Coach to monitor daily progress in their courses, and to ensure 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 to complete all coursework each semester. 

2) A motivated, engaged learner

Students at OVS are expected to engage with their peers and teachers during class time wether at school or at home. Students should be working 5–6 hours a day on school work, and they should actively engage with their teachers and Learning Coaches if they encounter difficulties or have questions.

What does it cost to attend OVS?

Because OVS is a public school within the Omaha Public School District, there is no tuition. We provide Nebraska-certified teachers and instructional materials for the program.  Common household items and office supplies like printer ink and paper are not provided. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.

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 are hired by Omaha Public Schools and meet the same requirements as all OPS teachers.

Will grades 10—12 be offered at OVS in the future?

We will expand to offer grade 10 for the 2018–2019 school year and partner with Metropolitan Community College for additional dual enrollment opportunities.

Where will the face-to-face enrichment learning activities take place?

For 9th grade, classes will be primarily held at Metropolitan Community College - Fort Omaha Campus classrooms. Some classes will be offered at Omaha North High School for those students who are dually enrolled. The K–8 classes meet at 4640 S. 59th Street, Omaha, NE 68117 (Northeast corner of 60th & L).

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 medical waiver signed by a licensed healthcare provider and/or a religious waiver to be signed in the presence of a notary public.  If you have additional questions, or would like a copy of the forms, please send an email to virtualschool@ops.org.

Where can I get immunization records for my student?

Your doctor's office should be able to provide you with a copy of the immunization record(s) for your students.

What records do I need to submit for my student?

You will need to submit three (out of the five listed) documents:

  1. Proof of Age (Birth Certificate)
  2. Proof of Address
  3. Immunization Records
  4. Physical and Eye Exam
  5. Nebraska Option Opt-in Paperwork (if residing outside the Omaha Public Schools district)

What are approved forms of proof of address?

Acceptable documents for address verification must show the name and correct address of the parent/guardian. Sources include: OPPD (Omaha Public Power District), MUD (Metropolitan Utilities District), Century Link or Cox Cable statements, a purchase or rental agreement for the residence, a Medicare/Medicaid card or, if the student is in foster care, a Superintendent's Letter

In the enrollment paperwork, there was Nebraska Option Opt-in Paperwork. I currently live in Omaha Public Schools' district; do I need to fill this out?

No, OPS residents do not submit Nebraska Option forms for enrollment in an OPS school. However, they need to apply for home school exemption through the state.

Do we need to register 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.

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. 

What is a blended learning model?

Omaha Virtual School students participate in blended learning rather than 100 percent online learning. In a blended learning model, students complete online coursework at home with the guidance of their Learning Coaches. To enrich online learning, students participate in engaging, face-to-face learning activities at least once or twice a week, depending on their 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 workdays to allow students to receive face-to-face help and virtual-help sessions. Blended learning allows students and families to connect and engage in a supportive learning community.

How would my child benefit from attending OVS?

Through our blended learning model, your child will receive a high-quality education in order to become future-ready, today. This means your child will receive personalized attention from teachers, have more extensive course offerings than traditional schools, and learn in a nurturing 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.

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 or she be able to participate?

Omaha Public Schools will loan a computer device to all students enrolled in the program free of charge to use for the duration of their enrollment in the program. Students will have to return their devices at the end of each school year for updates and maintenance.

What if my child is not computer literate? Can he or she still participate? Is there support?

Students do not need to have an extensive knowledge of computers to be successful at OVS. Our trained staff has the ability to walk students through problems they may encounter using their device. During orientation, we will help families and students set up their computer.

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 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 enrichment activities. Our program is focused on helping the whole family become future-ready.

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 access wireless internet at public libraries, Omaha Virtual School facility (grades K–8) or the Metropolitan Community College–Fort Omaha Campus (9th grade), and other public spaces.

Who is responsible for the transportation of my child to the face-to-face enrichment activities?

The parent or guardian is responsible for transporting the child to the enrichment activities once a week for K-8 students and twice a week for 9-10 students. Please note that there may be programing available to parents or guardians as Learning Coaches, and possibly even activities for younger siblings during the enrichment time.

Do you know which curriculum you will be using?

K12.com is our content and curriculum provider as well as our learning management system provider.

How will my child's progress be monitored?

We provide a positive and caring support system. The Learning Coach helps facilitate the student's daily progress. We will frequently measure a student's 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.

Are students required to participate in state testing?

Students are required to take state assessments.

How will my child socialize in your program?

We will offer various field trips and 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.

How do I enroll my child?

Complete the application page on our website to apply for the program. Enrollment confirmation 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 Omaha Virtual School on the 2017—2018 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 office located?

The office for the K-10th grade virtual school staff is located at Omaha Virtual School at::
4640 S 59th St
Omaha, NE 68117

Where can I find additional information?

Phone: 531.299.0269
Email: virtualschool@ops.org

Connect with us:
Twitter: @OPS_Virtual
Facebook: facebook.com/OPSVirtualSchool