10/16/2020 Weekly Family Update

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Lincoln Public Schools families,

We have officially made it through the end of the first quarter! Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work together through this pandemic.

While this pandemic is lasting longer than any of us expected or wanted, it is important that we remain vigilant and continue to follow the safety guidelines from the health department to help protect those in our community.

  • Conduct a self-screen for symptoms prior to leaving home. If you have symptoms or are sick, please stay home.
  • Wear face coverings when in public and physical distancing isn’t possible.
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if washing hands is not available after coming in contact with high-touch surfaces.
  • Maintain physical distancing whenever possible. Any distance makes a difference.

Together, we can flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Lincoln.
We will continue sending you weekly updates so you can be informed of any changes and important reminders. Please continue to check our special website for updates and information: lps.org/coronavirus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school or visit our website and click on the blue “Contact Us” button.

Elementary specials classes second quarter

Starting second quarter, elementary students will attend their art, music, library and computer science classes in their designated specials classroom. PE will continue outside when possible, or in the gym. Our staff will continue to follow the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s recommendations to ensure the safety of all students.

Free breakfast and lunch for all LPS students

Due to the pandemic, the USDA is federally funding breakfast and lunch for all students while the federal funding lasts. All LPS students in preschool – 12 grade and Independence Academy students will be offered breakfast and lunch at no charge.

To receive the school meal at no charge:

  • The student must select a serving of fruit or vegetable plus at least two other components of the meal (meat, grain, milk, fruit, vegetable).
  • Failing to take a fruit or vegetable plus two other food components will lead to the student being charged a la carte pricing.
  • A student selecting pizza and milk would need to pay for these food items since there is no fruit or vegetable.
  • A student may select all five components of the meal.
  • A la carte food items including milk and second entrees will still be available to purchase with money in the meal account or cash.

LPS will communicate when the program is coming to an end for families to plan around breakfast and lunch purchases.

Just a reminder, families must continue to fill out applications for free or reduced priced meals for the 2020-2021 school year.  You can access a meal application at https://home.lps.org/ns/free-reduced/.

Breakfast and Lunch for remote learners will also be at no charge.

REMINDER: Meals Distribution for 100% Remote Learners

LPS is offering all PreK-12 grade 100% remote learners meals for the week to be picked up on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at three locations.

Next week’s meal distribution for 100% remote learners will be on Monday, October 19.

New menu items starting Oct. 19!

We are expanding our meal offerings to include cheese quesadillas, Hawaiian pizza, honey sriracha boneless wings, pizza stuffed breadsticks and fish sandwich.
Go to our website for more information. 

Fall celebration tips from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

October means fall celebrations and gatherings. Please check out these safety reminders and tips from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on how to celebrate safely.