November 27, 2020 LPS Weekly Family Update

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LPS Families,

It is hard to believe the first semester is nearly over with only three and a half weeks left before winter break. Just a reminder, middle and high school students will return to classes on Monday, Nov. 30. Elementary students will return on Tuesday, Dec. 1 since Monday is an elementary plan day.  Early childhood services will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

With the high risk of spread in Lincoln, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department recommends everyone should be wearing face coverings, practicing hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing and self-screening and monitoring for symptoms while in the community or at school. It is important that everyone follow these protocols while in our community so we can flatten the curve and continue to serve students in our schools.

If your child has symptoms, had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, has been directed to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 result, or directed to quarantine for having contact with someone with COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact your child’s school.

Below is our weekly family update with important information and reminders. Here is an index by topic to assist you:

  • Take these steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19
  • Student calendar November 23-December 4
  • Remote Learning Request Form
  • Remote Learners: Meal distribution
  • Special Education
  • Lifetouch School Pictures
  • Check out December’s Community News!

Take these steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19

While at school or in our community, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reminds us to follow these four main protocols proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

Self-screen for symptoms everyday before leaving home using this checklist. If you answer yes to the questions asked, contact your healthcare provider and stay home. Staff and students are expected to conduct a self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms every day prior to entering any LPS building or program.

Face Coverings
Wear multilayer cloth face coverings anytime you are in public settings and physical distancing from others can’t be maintained. Face coverings are required to be worn over the mouth and nose for all LPS staff, students and visitors to enter school buildings.

Hand Hygiene
Wash your hands with soap or use sanitizer after touching objects and common surfaces. In addition, frequently clean and sanitize areas, surfaces and objects after use.

Physical Distancing
Maintaining physical distancing from others whenever possible makes a difference. Spacing out as far as you can, where and when you can, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Student calendar November 30 – December 4

Here is the student calendar for next week:

Monday, Nov. 30

  • No school for elementary students (PreK–5, and Early Childhood)
  • Classes in session for all middle and high school students
  • High School: Group A is in person, Group B is remote

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High School: Group A is in person, Group B is remote

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High School: Group A is in person, Group B is remote. (Early dismissal)

Thursday, Dec. 3

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High School: Group B is in person, Group A is remote

Friday, Dec. 4

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High School: Group B is in person, Group A is remote

Remote Learning Request Form

The Remote Learning Request Form is on our website while we are in Red. Families can choose – now or any time – to move to 100% Remote Learning for their child. After filling out the form, the school will call to confirm your request. Please allow two school days for staff to prepare and get your child the materials they will need to begin remote learning. The school will communicate with you when remote learning will begin for your child. Families, weigh this option carefully as continuously moving back and forth between in-person and remote learning creates a major disruption in your child’s learning experience.

To access the request form:

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, November 30.

Go to our website for more information.

Special Education

Special Education Parent Advisory will be held on December 3, at 6:45 p.m.  If you want to attend, please email Payton Eickhoff at to receive the zoom link, or call 402-436-1905. Special Education administrators will be sharing IEP meeting best practices.

Lifetouch School Pictures

LPS and Lifetouch have teamed up to offer a district-wide picture retake day, Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:00 p.m. in the gym at Riley Elementary School. This event will only be for the students who missed their school picture opportunities.

Students with last names starting with A-L come from 8:00-11:00, while students with last names M-Z come from 12:00-3:00.

In order to sign your student up for this event, please fill out this registration form HERE. If you aren’t able to access the form or are having any troubles, please contact Tanisha Gray at 402-436-1668 or Those who register will receive a reminder email from Tanisha Gray as we get closer to the event.

Students who attend this event will have their photos included in their school’s yearbook.

Here are directions for online ordering from Lifetouch. If you need a physical picture packet, they will be available, at Riley, on Dec. 5. Picture packet orders should arrive no later than January.

Check out December’s Community News!

Community News is our monthly publication that provides families with information about community non-profit organizations and government entities offering student- and family-friendly events and services. There are also stories from across Lincoln Public Schools.

Click here to read December’s edition of Community News.