OPS Suspends Fall Activities Through First Quarter, Lincoln Schools Looking for New Opponents

OPS Suspends Fall Activities Through First Quarter, Lincoln Schools Looking for New Opponents

The decision that had been speculated on for over a week finally came down from Omaha Public Schools on fall athletics.

“During our time in the 100% Remote Learning Instructional Model, all activities and athletics will be suspended,” OPS said as part of a statement regarding back to school procedures. “We understand the important role extra-curricular activities play in a student’s school experience. This suspension is for the health and safety of everyone.”

The second quarter is set to begin October 26.

The impact of the seven OPS schools—Omaha Benson, Omaha Bryan, Omaha Burke, Omaha Central, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest and Omaha South—suspending activities and athletics through the first quarter is being felt across Class A.

At the last NSAA Board meeting, no changes were made to the transfer rule. While the Board game NSAA Executive Director Jay Bellar the authority to make COVID-19 decisions, he isn’t changing what is in place, saying in an email to KLIN that despite the OPS decision “no exceptions would be made to the transfer rule.”

It was also decided by the Board that any games missed due to COVID-19 could be made up by finding another school with the same open date. Bellar says the NSAA is “assisting schools through the process of scheduling replacement games.”

Lincoln has six schools that compete in Class A football.

Lincoln Southwest is the hardest hit, losing four games and having a district that has been stripped to just them and Papillion-La Vista South.

Lincoln High loses three games but only one team from their district.

Lincoln North Star, Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln Pius X, and Lincoln Southeast all lose just one game from their 2020 schedule.

Lincoln East’s football schedule remains entirely intact.

There are six other NSAA sports in the fall season—cross country, girls golf, softball, boys tennis, and volleyball. While their regular-season schedules will also be affected, they are put together by schools instead of the NSAA.