OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The state's largest school district is planning to bring students back into classrooms every day for the first time since the pandemic began last spring.

The Omaha school district said Tuesday that its students will start attending classes five days a week next month. Currently, only half the district's students are in class at any one time because students have been learning remotely half the time.

“Five days of in-person academic, social and emotional instruction will best help our students move forward,” Superintendent Cheryl Logan said in a letter to families.

Most other districts in the area already have students in their classrooms five days a week. Omaha district officials said students will still have the option to attend school remotely.

Also Tuesday, the state reported 1,000 new virus cases and 19 deaths to give Nebraska a total of 177,670 cases and 1,791 deaths.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Nebraska has risen over the past two weeks from 820.86 new cases per day on Dec. 29 to 1,012.14 new cases per day on Tuesday.

The state said 457 people were hospitalized with the virus Tuesday. That's down from 484 the day before and significantly lower than the November peak of 987.

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