Lincoln Public Schools Hot Topics: February 19, 2018
1. Safety and security at LPS – For more information: Joe Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student safety continues to be our school district’s top priority and we have many procedures and systems in place. Many of the systems have been in place for decades, however, we also continue to review and improve them each year. Our system of safety measures includes but is not limited to:
- Regular drills to prepare for a wide range of emergencies, including active shooters.
- Security cameras at all our high schools.
- A solid Threat Assessment/Management Program at LPS. For more information: http://home.lps.org/threat/
- Standard Response Protocol established throughout the district (plain language protocol for emergency situations). For more information: http://iloveuguys.org/srp.html
- Crisis response plans at each school.
- Partnering with local law enforcement and safety experts.
Some of these practices are required by federal and state laws, many are school level practices based on school-specific research – and some are best practices developed through lessons learned from events like the one in Florida. We work closely with the LPS security team and the Lincoln Police Department to continuously evaluate our safety protocols and to practice with our staff and students in the event of an emergency.
2. Thank You, Lincoln! – For more information: Mary Kay Roth, email@example.com
Our school district is growing in numbers and in academic achievement, success that happens when a community stands behind schools and supports public education. As we reflect upon those who advocate for LPS, we offer a Valentine – a thank you card – to our community to express gratitude for its affirmation and support of our public school district. https://lps.org/thankyou/
3. New five-year LPS Strategic Plan – For more information: Steve Joel, firstname.lastname@example.org
The new five-year LPS Strategic Plan is now posted online: https://home.lps.org/strategicplan The Lincoln Board of Education approved the plan last December, with themes and goals to guide the school district in the next five year. The school district spent the last year gathering community voices and developing six themes for a new Lincoln Public Schools Strategic Plan – an initiative based on information gathered through 49 community sessions and 3,800 responses from community citizens.
4. Annual reports – For more information: Chris Warner, email@example.com
We offer a special issue of the LPS Annual Report this year – a publication required by the Nebraska Department of Education – published and distributed annually to update citizens about the school district’s academics, demographics, finances and goals. This year we feature the full text of the new LPS Strategic Plan, approved by the Lincoln Board of Education. The Annual Report will be mailed to all Lincoln residents in the coming weeks – and is posted on the LPS website, https://www.lps.org/about/annual_report/
5. State of the Schools – For more information: Steve Joel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Superintendent Steve Joel presents his first State of the Schools Report, a moment for updating our community about the highlights and challenges of public education in Lincoln, as well as recognizing the community for its generous support of public schools. The 15-minute video is located:
6. LPS Community High School Task Force – For more information: Liz Standish, email@example.com
LPS Community High School Task Force members continue their work, meeting at Lincoln Southwest High School on Thursday, Feb. 22. Watch for their recommendations coming this spring. The Lincoln Board of Education adopted a goal this year to establish a High School Task Force to investigate community options and priorities for serving high school students and to make recommendations by May 1, More info at: https://home.lps.org/hstaskforce/
7. Science Fair – For more information: James Blake, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 23rd annual Zoetis-LPS-GSK Science Fair will be held 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 at the Lancaster County Event Center. The Science Fair features wonderful science experiments and demonstrations from 5th – 8th graders in Lincoln Public Schools. With more space than ever, the Fair also features displays from various local groups also sharing aspects of science in our community.
8. Board of Education – For more information: Steve Joel, email@example.com
The Lincoln Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Board Room at Lincoln Public Schools District Office, 5905 O St. Board Vice President Don Mayhew hosts a live interview show, LPS Live, before every Board meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. – live streaming on the LPS website. For the full agenda of the Board meeting go to https://www.lps.org/about/board/ (published the Friday before the Tuesday meeting).