4/5/2020 Weekly Update from Lincoln Public Schools

Phone message from LPS Superintendent Steve Joel

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Lincoln Public Schools families,

Below is your LPS update for the week of April 5, 2020. Just a reminder that we move into Phase Two of Remote Learning starting tomorrow and that will continue until the end of the school year on May 21. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to transition into a remote learning environment for over 42,000 students at Lincoln Public Schools.

Food distribution

LPS Grab-and-Go meals

Just a reminder that meals will be distributed weekly on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 12 LPS locations.

For more information about the locations and directions on the drive-thrus, go to our website lps.org and enter keyword “food”.

From the Food Bank of Lincoln

Any family is welcome to pick up pre-packaged bags of food from the Lincoln Food Bank at these locations:

Monday, April 6

  • 3 – 3:45 p.m., Irving Middle School (2745 S. 22nd St.)

Tuesday, April 7

  • Noon – 1 p.m., F Street Community Center (1225 F St.)
  • 2:50 – 3:30 p.m., Clinton Elementary School (1520 N. 29th St.)
  • 3 – 3:30 p.m., Arnold Elementary School (5000 Mike Scholll St.)

Wednesday, April 8

  • 3 – 3:35 p.m., Culler Middle School (5201 Vine St.)

Thursday, April 9

  • 10 – 11 a.m., Fourth Presbyterian Church (5200 Francis St.)
  • 3 – 3:30 p.m., Goodrich Middle School (4600 Lewis Ave.)

Friday, April 10

  • 3:30 – 4:15 p.m., Pershing Elementary School (6420 Judson St.)

For more information about accessing the Lincoln Food Bank other distribution locations visit their website.

Social and Emotional Supports

Our current global situation has left many processing information differently. You and your student may be concerned or anxious about COVID-19. While a lot has been communicated on what we can do to protect our physical health, we want to make sure we address good mental health practices during these unprecedented times.

LPS Students and families can now connect with LPS school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and psychotherapists through Zoom conferencing. Click here for more information.

Community Learning Center At-Home Enrichment Activities

The Lincoln Community Learning Centers value the importance of engaging our youth in fun and enriching “after school” opportunities.  We recognize that these are very unusual times, and we believe that we can best serve our youth and families by providing online resources and ideas for activities that can be done at home.  We will continue to add to this list of opportunities, so check back frequently!

High School Summer School

With the latest information from local health officials, we are working to adjust the high school summer school schedule. We are tentatively planning to start classes at North Star High School and eLearning summer school instruction June 10 and ending July 23. There would be a break for students July 3-6. We are working on registration details and will provide more information as soon as it is available. This may change if current health directed measures are still in place in June.

Reminder: from LPS Health Services

Now that there are more lab confirmed cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Lincoln, we want to share important reminders on how all of us can work together to prevent further spread:

  • Stay home and avoid non-essential trips. This includes playdates, social gatherings, or anything in a public setting.
  • If you have to be in a public setting, practice social distancing by remaining at least six feet from another person.
  • Going outside and getting fresh air by yourself or with family is healthy. When going outside practice social distancing and continue infection control measures. This includes not using park or playground equipment, when possible do not touch common surfaces, avoiding areas with more than 10 people, and staying six feet apart from others.
  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer as soon as possible after being in a public setting.
  • Stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Self monitor yourself and your family every day for the following symptoms:
    • Fever over 100 degrees
    • Cough
    • Trouble Breathing
    • Sore throat
  • If you are experiencing one or any combination of these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider for instructions.
  • Wash yours hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands immediately after.

Safety takes a community! Thank you for collaborating with us to keep our students, families and staff safe and healthy.

Wendy Rau, RN
Health Services Supervisor

Reminder: Remote Learning Phase Two

Information was sent on Friday (4/3) to all families about Remote Learning Phase Two. While our students will not be in our school buildings during this time, learning will continue. It is vital that students remain engaged during Remote Learning so they are not behind when we do return to school. For more information, please visit our website.

Reminder: Internet service providers in Lincoln

There are a number of internet service providers in Lincoln. The three providers that contacted Lincoln Public Schools to apprise us of special offers or considerations for families of Lincoln Public Schools students are Allo Communications–Imperial, NE; Spectrum–Stamford, CT; and Windstream–Little Rock, AK. For more information, please visit our website. 

Reminder: Chromebook Tech Support

If you are experiencing problems with your Lincoln Public Schools student Chromebook, please contact our Help Desk Monday through Friday between the hours of 7am and 4pm. Call (402) 436-1735 and be ready with your student identification number, or go to help.lps.org and enter your student login information.

For the health and safety of our families and staff, we will no longer be taking walk-ins at the LPS District Office for Chromebook repairs. You must call the Help Desk at (402)436-1735 and schedule an appointment first.

Reminder: Contacting Us

We know you will continue to have questions or concerns. You are invited to contact us through our website by clicking on the blue “Contact Us” button, or by calling your child’s school. During this time of Pandemic Closure, our staff will do our best to respond in a timely manner.