The state’s largest school district announced Tuesday that it will include late starts and early dismissals as options when weather makes travel unsafe.
Jeremy Maskel, communications director for the Omaha Public Schools, confirmed Tuesday evening that the district is making the change.
The district is among several in the metro area that announced they will consider late starts this year as an option for managing winter weather. Not all of the others are considering early dismissals.
OPS issued the following description of how the school day would be impacted in each case:
- All schools will begin classes two hours later than normal and dismiss at the regular time.
- Morning-only early childhood programs will be canceled for the day.
- Kids Club will not be available before a late start.
- All before-school extracurricular activities will be canceled.
- Buses will run routes two hours later than normal in the morning and as scheduled at dismissal.
- Breakfasts will not be served before the late start. Lunch will be served.
- All schools will dismiss two hours earlier than their normal dismissal time.
- Afternoon-only early childhood programs will be canceled for the day.
- All after-school activities will be canceled.
- Breakfast and lunch will be served.
- Kids Club would not be available following an early dismissal.
- Buses will run as scheduled in the morning and two hours earlier than normal at dismissal.
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No. 10: The only entry on the list of the 21st century saw 10.5 inches of snow fall on Jan. 5, 2005.
Iowa and Nebraska prepared for a "wintry blast" in 2005, when Omaha received 10.5 inches of snow.
No. 9: Omaha was hit with 10.6 inches of snow on Jan. 5, 1932.
A record-breaking snowstorm hit Omaha on Jan. 5, 1932, when the area got 10.6 inches of snow — the most ever recorded on a January day at the time.
No. 8: 11.5 inches fell in Omaha on Jan. 27, 1949.
The Jan. 27, 1949, winter storm brought 11.5 inches of snow to Omaha, which hardly compared to the 40 inches that blasted Chadron, Nebraska, earlier in the month, The World-Herald wrote on Jan. 27, 1949.
No. 7: On Feb. 18, 1908, a storm dumped 11.7 inches on Omaha.
A cartoon printed in the Feb. 19, 1908, edition of The World-Herald anticipates how people will remember the storm decades later. The Omaha area received 11.7 inches of snow the previous day.
No. 6: Omaha saw 12.1 inches of snow on Jan. 10, 1975.
The Jan. 10, 1975, winter storm was among the deadliest snowstorms in Omaha history, claiming the lives of six people.
No. 5: Omaha saw a snowfall of 12.8 inches on Feb. 21, 1945
The Feb. 21, 1945, storm brought 12.8 inches of snow to the Omaha area. Pictured is a truck foreman lending a helping hand to a car stuck in the snow.
More photos from the Feb. 21, 1945, snowstorm.
No. 3 (tie): It snowed 13 inches in Omaha again on March 15, 1923.
The March 15, 1923, snowstorm — which produced 13 inches of snow — claimed the lives of three in the Omaha area.
No. 3 (tie): It snowed 13 inches on Dec. 7, 1892 — the only 19th century entry on the list, largely due to a lack of earlier accurate weather data.
No. 2: It snowed 13.7 inches in Omaha on Feb. 23, 1942
Despite nearly 14 inches of snow, the Feb. 24, 1942, edition of The World-Herald reported that classes were still in session. Previous generations walked to school uphill both ways, as they say.
No. 1: It snowed a whopping 18.3 inches in Omaha on Feb. 11, 1965
The same storm that dropped more than 18 inches in Omaha dumped as much as 30 inches in Clatonia, Nebraska.