Who is eligible to attend Omaha Virtual School?
Nebraska students who will be in grades K–8 for the 2016–2017 school year (or K–9 for the 2017–2018 school year) and who can attend class at least one day a week at the designated site, are eligible to attend.
What does it cost to attend Omaha Virtual School?
Because OVS is a public school within the Omaha Public School District, there is no tuition. We provide Nebraska-certified teachers and all instructional materials for the program.
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.
Will grades 10-12 be offered at Omaha Virtual School in the future?
We hope to expand to grades 10-12 for the next 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 primarily be held at Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha classrooms. Some classes will be offered at Omaha North High School if the student is dually enrolled. No location has been determined at this time for K-8th grade. Information will be shared as it becomes available.
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 records.
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. Please email for additional information and the appropriate forms for Omaha Public Schools at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What records do I need to submit for my student?
You will need to submit three documents:
- Proof of Age (Birth Certificate),
- Proof of Address
- Immunization Records
- Physical and Eye Exam
- Nebraska Option Opt-in Paperwork (if residing outside the 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, MUD, 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?
Families only need to register for exemption status with the state if they currently reside within the Omaha Public School district or are enrolled part-time. If you live within the district and enroll full-time, you will need to identify you are teaching Health, since it is not an offering of our school.
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 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 workdays to allow students to receive face-to-face help and virtual help sessions.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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, Omaha Virtual School (K-8th grade) or Metropolitan Community College-Fort 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/guardian is responsible for transporting the child to the enrichment activities. Please note that there may be programing available to parents/guardians (learning coaches) and possibly even younger siblings, during the enrichment time.
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.
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, 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 the Omaha Virtual School on the 2017-18 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 virtual school staff is located at the Teacher and Administrator Center (TAC):
3215 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68131
Where can I find additional information?
Phone: (531) 299-0269