2020-2021 Pandemic Procedures

PLEASE NOTE: These procedures and school safety measures are subject to change based on recommendations and health directives put into place by the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and the Nebraska Department of Education. These procedures do not relate to any extracurricular activities or sports which are still under review. More detailed information for Special Education and Early Childhood families will be communicated at a later date.

As with Standard Response Protocols, Lincoln Public Schools will endeavor to regularly communicate with families in anticipation of the district, any school building, facility or program movement between risk categories.

Information on the LLCHD and City of Lincoln guidance based on the color-coded Covid-19 Risk Dial.
  • Green - Low Risk
  • Yellow - Moderate Risk
  • Orange - High Risk
  • Red - Severe Risk

COVID Green: Low Risk of COVID-19 Spread​

  • All students in grades Pre-K through 12 will attend school in person.

COVID Yellow: Moderate Risk of COVID-19 Spread​​

  • All students in grades Pre-K through 12 will attend school in person.
  • Accommodations will be made for K-12 students who are unable to attend in person to utilize synchronous online learning through Zoom and other remote learning tools. Synchronous means remote students log-on to receive instruction with their class at certain set times during the school day.
  • Based on current recommendations from LLCHD and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, LPS will require face coverings to be worn by students, staff, visitors and other building users while at school. Schools will provide multilayered cloth face coverings for students and staff who do not have them available. Students are welcome to bring and wear their own appropriate multilayered cloth face coverings. (Click here for more information on the CDC recommendation on face coverings.)

COVID Orange: High Risk of COVID-19 Spread​

  • All students in grades Pre-K through 8 (elementary and middle schools) will attend school in person.
  • In high schools (grades 9-12) we plan to continue with 100 percent of students attending in person. However, if required to meet physical distancing directives, it MAY be necessary to reduce the number of students in grades 9-12 in the building at one time by utilizing a rotating schedule. If this is the case, additional details on the rotating schedule will be provided ahead of time.
  • Accommodations will be made for K-12 students who are unable to attend in person to utilize synchronous online learning through Zoom and other remote learning tools. Synchronous means remote students log-on to receive instruction with their class at certain set times during the school day.
  • Based on current recommendations from LLCHD and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, LPS will require face coverings to be worn by students, staff, visitors and other building users while at school. Schools will provide multilayered cloth face coverings for students and staff who do not have them available. Students are welcome to bring and wear their own appropriate multilayered cloth face coverings. (Click here for more information on the CDC recommendation on face coverings.)

COVID Red: High Risk of COVID-19 Spread​

  • All LPS buildings will be closed and all students will participate in remote learning from home.

Interim Director for Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department Pat Lopez says: “We appreciate the open dialogue between LPS and our team at the health department to collaborate on a framework in which we can plan to safely open schools and allow students to return in the fall.” She adds, “Recent data indicates the best way to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community is to wear face coverings. LPS students and staff will play a major role in helping to keep the curve flat and allow schools to remain open to 100% of students. This is also an opportunity to teach good hygiene habits that will have a life-long positive impact in our community.”

We know nothing about this is easy. There are things we will have to do as a community to work together and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow students to attend school. We want to thank the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department for its collaboration and guidance as we work through planning for the different risk levels and how it will impact our staff, students and families. We know there are still many questions to be answered and we have a monumental task ahead of us as we navigate the pandemic as a community. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we consider how to continue the delivery of quality education to all 42,000+ students in Lincoln Public Schools.