EPS Celebrates Another Year of Growth as District Welcomes Students in Two New Buildings

In alignment with the previous 33 years, Elkhorn Public Schools (EPS) celebrated its 34th consecutive year of enrollment growth with the start of the 2020-2021 school year, welcoming over 10,000 K-12 students in 19 school buildings.  As part of that growth, EPS proudly opened the doors to two new schools this fall, welcoming over 250 K-5 students at Woodbrook Elementary and over 650 9th-11th grade students at Elkhorn North High School in their inaugural year.

Woodbrook Elementary, led by Principal Pam Wahl, is located in the northwest quadrant of the EPS district, near 186th and Ida.  The school, which is the home of the Bobcats, is the twelfth elementary school for the District.  According to Principal Wahl, “Woodbrook’s staff consists of fabulous, veteran teachers from across the district, dedicated to developing a love of learning and empowering students to reach the highest levels of learning.  We are looking forward to developing strong parent/school relationships as we get to know our students, parents and community members.”

Elkhorn North High School, home of the ENHS Wolves, is led by former Elkhorn High School Principal Dan Radicia and is located near 180th and Maple streets.  Principal Radicia and the ENHS staff are excited about the opportunity to add a third high school to EPS ranks and continuing the tradition of excellence for high school students in the district.

Record growth, outstanding achievement, and strong community partnership are only a few of the hallmarks that make our community a great place to live, learn and grow.  As a new school year begins, EPS looks forward to another year of excellence in all facets of our students’ education.

2020-2021 New Student Registration

Registration for all students new to the Elkhorn Public Schools (EPS) district will be held Tuesday, August 4, and Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at all EPS buildings.  New students are required to set up an appointment for New Student Registration by contacting his/her assigned building.

To confirm your school assignment and review the list of required documentation, please visit the New Students page.

Elementary Schools

Arbor View Elementary 402-289-1007
Blue Sage Elementary 402-332-0125
Fire Ridge Elementary 402-289-0735
Hillrise Elementary 402-289-2602
Manchester Elementary 402-289-2590
Spring Ridge Elementary 402-637-0204
Sagewood Elementary 402-289-9078
Skyline Elementary 402-289-3433
West Bay Elementary 402-289-9045
West Dodge Station Elementary 402-289-2773
Westridge Elementary 402-289-2559
Woodbrook Elementary 402-289-2579
(Central Office until Woodbrook has a phone number)

Middle Schools

Elkhorn Grandview Middle School 402-289-9399
Elkhorn Middle School 402-289-2428
Elkhorn Ridge Middle School 402-334-9302
Elkhorn Valley View Middle School 402-289-0362

 High Schools

Elkhorn High School 402-289-4239
Elkhorn North High School 402-289-4239
(Elkhorn High number until Elkhorn North has a phone number)
Elkhorn South High School 402-289-0616

EPS 2020 Return to School Blueprint

We continue to closely monitor all guidance from public health officials regarding our return to school for the 2020-2021 school year.  In reviewing this information, and in alignment with the recent announcement from both the Governor and the Commissioner of Education to return to in-person learning, we have the resolve to welcome nearly 100% of students to school for in-classroom instruction on our originally scheduled date of Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Notably, construction at both Elkhorn North High School and Woodbrook Elementary continues to progress as expected, and both schools will be prepared for in-classroom learning on August 18.

Everyone acknowledges that a full return to in-classroom learning is a best-case scenario for our students’ educational advancement.  Additionally, the social-emotional well-being of our students is in play as most want and need to be back in school.  However, we understand that some students and/or families may have health concerns that will prohibit their students from returning to in-classroom instruction at this time.  Accommodations can be made to assist with these circumstances by contacting Executive Director of Student Services Anne Doerr at adoerr@epsne.org.

The safety of all is the sole motivation for our return to school protocols because we cannot ignore that the threat of this virus remains, and we must take all prudent steps to keep our schools from becoming the uninterrupted source by which it spreads in our community.  Local health experts inform that the layering of safety protocols such as frequent surface cleaning, symptom checks, hand washing, social distancing, and masks are our best defense against the spread thus allowing us to stay in school.  To this end, we expect that mask-wearing will be an important measure to be utilized to further protect the health of our students and staff while in school.  Students and staff will be expected to wear masks as much as reasonable and appropriate.  Principals and teachers will work with students and families on what is reasonable and appropriate for each individual student.  Your help is essential in creating as safe of an environment as possible, navigating public-health imperatives, and helping us stay in session, which is the best option for most students. Detailed safety protocols for this upcoming school year can be found here.

We must also anticipate that there will be outbreaks, creating cycles through which we move from in-person to remote learning.  Furthermore, updated health directives and requirements from state or local officials may be issued which could require a change in the amount of in-person learning allowed.  With this in mind, we have created several backup plans that may need to be implemented at any time throughout the school year to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.  You can view information about EPS Contingency plans here.

We will continue to refine our plans, but we wanted to provide this update in full transparency of our best intentions for students and staff in August.  Follow-up communication will also be sent by building principals in early August with additional information and detailed plans for building-specific procedures and activities.  We also understand that extracurricular and co-curricular activities are an important part of the school experience, and we remain hopeful that these can be offered safely for our students.

We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate the challenges that are sure to come. Our continued community partnership is essential as we take this step towards normalcy and unify our resolve to return to school with the necessary safety measures for our students and staff.

 

Sincerely,

Bary Habrock, Superintendent

 

Safety Protocols

EPS Contingency Plans

Safe2Help Anonymous Online Reporting System

In collaboration with the Omaha Police Department, EPS utilizes Safe2Help to ensure students and families have an anonymous way to report safety concerns.  Students, parents, staff, or community members can report safety concerns through Safe2Help via any of the following channels:

(531) 299-SAFE (7233)

www.Safe2HelpNE.org

Download the “Safe2Help” app from your app store

Found on individual building homepages

Please know that we believe that Elkhorn Public Schools are safe places for students, and we work diligently to that end.  Furthermore, parents, students and community members are an important aspect of our safety and security plan. We need your help to keep our schools safe.  If you see something that concerns you, report it immediately.   

Please contact your building principal with questions regarding the Safe2Help reporting system.  We appreciate your continued partnership in helping keep Elkhorn Public Schools safe for all. 

EPS Now Providing Free Meals to Youth

Update: May 13, 2020
Free meals will be offered for all children, ages 1-18, through June 30, 2020.  Pick up location remains Elkhorn High School, but pick up times have changed and are reflected below.

Monday-Wednesday: 11:00 – 12:30
Thursday: 10:00 – 12:30

 

As of 04-27-2020
EPS was recently approved for a waiver allowing us to begin providing free meals for children ages 1-18 in our community.  In response to this waiver, beginning on Monday, April 27, 2020, free breakfast and lunch will be available to any child, ages 1-18, even if a child is not an EPS student.  Additionally, adult meals will no longer be available to purchase.

Pickup will take place Monday-Thursday from 11:30-12:30 at Elkhorn High School, 1401 Veterans Drive, Elkhorn, NE 68022.  Meals picked up on Thursday will include breakfast and lunch for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

To assist with our planning, we would appreciate it if you would complete the linked survey weekly regarding the number of breakfasts and lunches you plan to pick up.
EPS Free Meal Ordering Form

Please contact lunch@epsne.org or call 402-289-0443 with questions.

ELKHORN PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOLS NAMED TOP TWO IN NEBRASKA BY US NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Elkhorn South High School and Elkhorn High School were recently named the top two high schools in Nebraska according to US News & World Report.  The rankings are released annually in conjunction with RTI International global research firm.

“Being named the Top 2 high schools in Nebraska is an honor that all Elkhorn Public Schools students and staff can take pride in.  It is due to the continued dedication of all of our staff and students to high levels of learning for all students that this honor is made possible, and we are so proud to have earned it,” Superintendent Dr. Bary Habrock stated.

US News & World Report works closely with AP College Board and International Baccalaureate to gather information, and utilizes state assessment data and graduation rates from both the Nebraska and US Departments of Education to determine the school rankings.  To learn more about the methodology, please visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/how-us-news-calculated-the-rankings.

The full list of Best High Schools in Nebraska can be found at https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/nebraska/rankings.