OPS considering aligning calendars across school levels

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(Omaha, NE) -- Omaha Public Schools is considering aligning calendars for elementary, middle, and high schoolers.

Monday evening, OPS presented their plans for the school calendar for the next two academic years, which includes changes to schedules to help student attendance. An OPS study found attendance suffered for kids who were scheduled to be in session, when a sibling was out of school.

Many parents, including Kathy Roberts, understand why.

“There have been times back to when I had them in three different schools that I would pull out my high school kid early so that she could help out with my other two young kids. It’s just really hard as a parent to work full time and be able to meet those demands your kids have while they’re in school and be on the same page with the teachers," said Roberts. She has four students, one in preschool, one in fourth grade, and two in high school.

Roberts tells 6 News she also wants to see parent-teacher conferences aligned, so parents can limit the amount of time they need to take off from work.

Community members can participate in an online survey emailed to the family email address on file. The survey closes at the end of November.

A final decision on the calendar won't be made until a later date.

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