Welcome to Omaha Virtual School
Students are required to use the device issued to them at the beginning of the school year when they attend their learning center day. Families are able to use their own device at home. Students will be provided a device, charger, and headphones at the beginning of the school year. There will be an option to take a mouse and stylus for middle school students.
Listed below are the replacement costs for the items so families are aware of the expenses. All families will have the opportunity to purchase device coverage for $20. This device coverage only cost the replacement cost of the computer if something were to happen to it.
Wireless mouse: $18.99
Stream (K-5th grade): $266.17/ea
612 (6-10th grade): $805.59/ea
Stylus for 612: $45.99
Charging cord for both devices $49
Students are provided many supplies in the K12 course materials. There are still some supplies needed for the time spent at the Learning Center. The following is a list of supplies that we still need for second semester.
- black ball point pens
- Crayola Classic Markers
- file folders
2nd and 3rd Grade
- multi-colored card stock
- blue ball point pens
4th and 5th Grade
- red ball point pens
- black Sharpie markers
- Post It Notes
- rubber cement
- multi colored tissue paper
- hot glue gun sticks
- multi colored card stock
Below are a list of supplies that are not supplied but would be helpful to have at home. Some items are more specific for students in 6-8th grade and are marked accordingly.
Helpful to Have at Home
- Paper - 8.5x11 and bigger
- Construction Paper
- Pencil and Eraser
- Colored Pencils (6-8 grade)
- Set of Watercolors
- Ruler ( 6-8 grade)
Microsoft Office Benefits
Creating a Learning Schedule
Talk to your student: It’s always a good idea to get your child’s input before you set up his/her schedule. The school day will be much more productive if both of your needs are being met or, at least, considered. You can begin by using a family planner to put a plan in motion. Below are examples of some questions to ask during the planning process:
- Which subjects do you prefer to work on first, middle, and last?
- What time of day do you feel like you have the most energy?
- Which courses are easier for you? Would it help you to work on math one day and science another day?
- How would you run things if you had your way? After hearing your child’s answers, discuss how his or her expectations differ from yours and how you can compromise.
Be patient: Don’t get discouraged if the schedule you create isn’t perfect at first, as it may take some time to tweak and modify it before your family is satisfied. Think of the first few weeks as a trial period for your schedule rather than as something permanent or official. The great thing about virtual school is that you can adjust your student’s learning day as much as you need to.
Change your schedule to fit your family’s day: Even though students work well with a schedule, they don’t need to follow the same one every day. For example, if your student participates in extracurricular activities on Tuesday and Thursday, you can alter his/her schedule on those days.
Schedule time for breaks: Naturally, students need to reenergize their brains from time to time. Even if your student doesn’t ask for a break, it’s important to add a few in the schedule just in case he/she becomes restless. Something as small as a walk around the house will often give students the energy they need to continue working. Breaking up the day will also make the workload feel much less overwhelming and more doable.
Display the schedule in your home: Instead of letting your child rely on you to provide reminders, help him/her develop independent learning skills. Students should be able to view their learning schedule as needed, as it will help them stay on task and feel more prepared. Consider displaying the schedule in your student’s learning space so he/she can easily refer to it. You can even have some fun with the schedule by decorating it to fit your student’s personality or interests!
Once you find a schedule that works for you and your student, you will be pleased by how productive the learning day can be. You can easily create a successful school schedule with communication, persistence, and variation.
Tools for Success
1) Omaha Virtual School has some great resources on our school website under Parent Links. There are different training opportunities recorded for LCs to watch plus links to K12 specific tutorials on how to do attendance, navigate the weekly schedule, etc.
2) Stay up to date on school happenings through the weekly newsletter through Smore- each week includes announcements, upcoming events, happenings in the classroom and more.
3) K12's website is helpful in navigating the curriculum with tutorials and customer support
4) Trouble with your student's device? The Omaha Public Schools help desk can provide technical support on the HP Stream and 612 device (hardware) that is provided to students. For technical support, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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