Welcome to Omaha Virtual School

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Back to School Reminders

During parent orientation, parents were given a number of forms to sign and return. All of the forms are due at the first day of school on August 15th at 8:30am. Parents will attend the session with their learner. Learners will get their device at this time.

The following forms need to be returned on the first day of school:
  • Parent/Guardian Technology Use and Responsibilities( Blue)
  • Student Acceptable Use and Internet Safety Guidelines (Blue)
  • Learner Agreement (Yellow)
  • Handbook Acknowledgement (White)

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Upcoming Orientation Schedule

K-10th Grade

The LAST chance to attend Parent oreintation is Monday, August 13th from 1:30-4pm for NEW and RETURNING families of kindergarten-10th grade students. During the parent orientation session, staff will review updated policies and procedures in our student hand book. We have enhanced our procedures for the upcoming school year, so it is important that all families attend. Please sign up HERE for the session you are planning to attend. Parents must attend an Orientation session prior to their student's first day of school!

First Week of School

Wednesday, August 15th, from 8:30-12:30 - first day of school for OVS High

Learners and learning coaches will attend the first day of school together, from 8:30-12:00 with a school-wide picnic at noon, so pack your lunches! Learning coaches, come prepared with your own device, if you have one. Devices will be distributed to learners on this day.

Thursday, August 16th, from 8:30-12:30- Only NEW OVS High students

This is to ensure that students are comfortable with the curriculum and content. Learning coaches can drop in from 8:30-9:30 for additional support and to answer questions/concerns.

Friday, August 17th- Online class sessions

This will be an opportunity for learners to test the online learning system from HOME.

The schedule will be shared with learners on the first day of school.

The regular scheduled class sessions will begin the next week with Tuesday and Thursday sessions occurring on Tuesday, August 21st and Thursday, August 23rd from 8:30-12:30pm.

Tracking Attendance

Learning coaches are required to keep daily attendance of the activities their students are completing. Attendance will be tracked in the online learning system (OLS), which is accessed through the learning coach log in screen. Learning coaches will track the activities their students do online and offline. For students in 6-10th grade, the online learning system tracks the student's activities in the course as long as they are logged into K12. Any offline course work will need to be recorded by the Learning Coach. Examples of offline work includes, reading a novel, creating a powerpoint, researching on a library database, etc. Offline work includes any work that is done outside of K12.

According to Nebraska Department of Education, rule 10, students in 9th-10th grade are expected to participate in 1,080 hours of course instruction throughout the school year. Time spent at the Learning Center/Campus on the student's designated day does not need to be tracked in the OLS for attendance. Our Learning Facilitators are responsible for tracking the attendance weekly, with a report of total hours available upon request quarterly. Learning Coaches are required to track attendance for student work completed at home, during online lessons, and at times of intervention support.

During the first weeks of school, there will be learning sessions available to learning coaches to assist in tracking the attendance properly in the K12 system. We encourage all learning coaches to attend to ensure they understand the process.Check out this video on how to track attendance.

How to access attendance on K12

Core Values: Accountability

Our 6th and final core value of OVS is Accountability. Our program is different than the traditional school setting, as most school work is done at home, and driven by the learner and learning coach. Learner's progress is monitored by our learning facilitators, virtually. It is the learner and learning coach's responsibility to ensure the student is progressing through the course materials. Our learners are held accountable by themselves, the learning coaches and learning facilitators. When a student is falling behind on their coursework, school staff will reach out to the learner and learning coach to assist their needs that are impeding their learning and therefore their progress in a course.

As a public school, we are held accountable by the state to ensure that our learners are learning. Therefore, we have to hold our learning coaches accountable through tracking attendance hours daily. Logging attendance allows us to see how your student has been working outside and inside of the K12 system. We understand our student's learning is not only done through the K12 system, but also through experiences they have in life! Since our school staff are not with them all day, it is imperative attendance hours are recorded to catch all of these experiences.

What does accountability look like for your student? What does it look like for yourself? Depending on the age of your student, this will look different. Discuss these questions with your student prior to the start of school so they are aware of how our core values fit in with what they value.

Omaha Virtual School

Mission: OVS is committed to empowering life-long learners by developing collaborative relationships. Within our community, we provide an innovative, personalized learning experience. Success in this mission will cultivate critical thinkers who have the tools to contribute to a changing global society.

Vision: Future ready, today.

Core Values: Growth Mindset, Positivity, Collaboration, Integrity, Accountability, Self-Advocacy