Important LPS Family Weekly Update 5/11/2020

LPS families,

There is an extensive amount of important information in the email below to assist you and your student as you navigate the end of the school year. For your convenience, we are giving you an index to the topics covered in this week’s message. Schools will have more detailed information and instructions they will be sending out next week. Please continue to check your email for this information.

We are following current health directives put into place by local health officials to help keep our families and staff healthy and prevent further spread of COVID-19. This includes limiting the number of people entering our buildings or on school grounds, ensuring proper physical distancing and increasing disinfecting measures when people are in our schools. We understand our steps for keeping our families and staff safe may be disappointing for some as you are wanting to have closure at the end of the school year. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please keep in mind that LPS has 50,000 plus students and staff along with all of their families to think about. Our decisions have a huge impact on the safety of our community. We are doing the best we can to keep everyone as healthy as possible.


In this week’s email:


Preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-4, 6-7 and 9-11

Retrieving items at school

Due to the large number of students and the short amount of time, these students will not be able to come to school and retrieve their belongings. Exceptions will be made for students who are moving out of LPS, switching schools and other unique situations. Please contact your school if this applies to your family.

As health restrictions are lifted before next fall, we will work on finding the best way to return student’s items. Schools will communicate the information when it becomes available. Please know that our staff have taken extra measures to keep your items protected while they are at school.

Textbooks, library books, athletic uniforms and musical instruments

Because these students are not able to return to school this year, we are asking for families to place textbooks, library books, athletic uniforms and school instruments together in one place at home for easy retrieval next fall. Consider putting them in your child’s backpack or a bag.

School Library Books

If you are unsure if your child has school library books checked out, you can look at your child’s “Destiny Discover” account:

  • Go to portal.lps.org.
  • Enter your student’s ID and password (If you don’t have this information, the school office can provide it for you).
  • Click on the “All” Tab, or search applications for “Destiny Discover”.
  • Click on the “Destiny Discover” button from the alphabetical listing in the portal.
  • From the upper right hand corner of the screen, click on “Log In”.
  • Click on the blue “New LPS Portal” button under “Log in using your account with”.
  • In the upper left-hand corner of the Destiny Discover page select the icon with the three parallel lines.
  • Select “Checkouts” from the navigation menu to see the books that are currently checked out.
  • If you need additional assistance, please contact your school librarian.

5th Grade

On Wednesday, May 20, 5th grade students will have the opportunity to come to school to return any LPS items they have at home and to retrieve their personal belongings. Schools will be communicating specific schedules next week. We apologize, but siblings will not be participating in the return and retrieve plan.  As mentioned above, they will get their belongings at another time as health restrictions are lifted before next fall.

  • This return and retrieve process will be drive-thru only. Students and families will not come into the building.
  • A walk-up station will be on site for anyone biking or walking to the school.
  • To minimize the number of people gathering at one time, each school will follow a schedule. If you are not able to come during your assigned time, please come at a time that works for your family.
  • More detailed information will be sent by your child’s school.

Return List

  • Musical instrument owned by the school (loaned to student through fee waiver)
  • School textbooks
  • LPS library books
  • Classroom books belonging to the teacher
  • Anything else that belongs to the school or teacher
  • Do not return your Chromebook and charger (Keep for 6th grade unless you will not return to LPS in the fall)

8th Grade

During the week of May 18-21, 8th grade students will have the opportunity to come to school to return any LPS items they have at home and to retrieve their personal belongings. Schools will be communicating specific schedules next week. We apologize, but siblings will not be participating in the return and retrieve plan.  As mentioned above, they will get their belongings at another time as health restrictions are lifted before next fall.

  • This return and retrieve process will be drive-thru only. Students and families will not come into the building.
  • To minimize the number of people gathering at one time, each school will follow a schedule. If you are not able to come during your assigned time, please come at a time that works for your family.
  • More detailed information will be sent by your child’s school.

Return List

  • Musical instrument owned by the school (loaned to student through fee waiver)
  • School textbooks
  • LPS library books
  • Classroom books belonging to the teacher
  • Anything else that belongs to the school or teacher
  • Do not return your Chromebook and charger (Keep for 9th grade unless you will not return to LPS in the fall)

12th Grade

During the week of May 18-21, 12th grade students will have the opportunity to come to school to return any LPS items they have at home and to retrieve their personal belongings. Schools will be communicating specific schedules next week. We apologize, but siblings will not be participating in the return and retrieve plan.  As mentioned above, they will get their belongings at another time as health restrictions are lifted before next fall.

  • This return and retrieve process will be drive-thru only. Students and families will not come into the building.
  • To minimize the number of people gathering at one time, each school will follow a schedule. If you are not able to come during your assigned time, please come at a time that works for your family.
  • More detailed information will be sent by your child’s school.

Return List

  • Chromebook, charger and Chromebook bag
  • Musical instrument owned by the school (loaned to student through fee waiver)
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment
  • School textbooks
  • LPS library books
  • Classroom books belonging to the teacher
  • Anything else that belongs to the school or teacher

School Meal Accounts

As we approach the end of the school year, you can check your student’s meal balance at any time by logging on to the website: www.myschoolbucks.com. You can also request the balance by emailing foodzone@lps.org or calling 402-436-1743. Account balances will automatically be carried over to next school year if your student is remaining at Lincoln Public Schools. Refunds and transfers may be requested by submitting the Student Meal Account Refund or Balance Transfer form to accountsreceivable@lps.org. Payments on any outstanding balances can be made on the website, or by sending payment to Accounting, LPSDO Box 2, PO Box 82889, Lincoln, NE 68510.


Chromebooks

Students in grades 2-11 will be keeping their Chromebooks at home over the summer unless they are leaving Lincoln Public Schools. Families may refer to this resource with best practices to care for the device until school resumes. 

Please note:

Grade 5
Fifth grade students will exchange their elementary Chromebook for a middle school Chromebook at a later date. Your child’s middle school will communicate these procedures to you at the appropriate time.

Grade 8
Eighth grade students will exchange their middle school Chromebooks for a high school Chromebook at a later date. Your high school will communicate these procedures to you at the appropriate time.

Grade 12
Graduating seniors (not attending summer school) will return their Chromebook immediately following the end of the school year. Your high school will communicate these procedures soon.


Elementary grades and report cards

Students in K-5 will not receive a fourth quarter report card because of remote learning.  All students are promoted to the next grade level for the 2020-21 school year. Students in differentiated classes will receive report cards from the third quarter.  We will be sending them to parents at the end of the school year.  If you have questions regarding promotion, please call your school principal.


High School Summer School

Just a reminder starting May 11, all LPS high school students can register for summer school classes.

All summer school classes will be done remotely and synchronously from June 3 through July 16. This means that students who register for a summer school course will be required to log-on to their Chromebook and meet with their teacher electronically during their scheduled class time, Monday through Friday. Classes will be from 8-9:50 a.m. and 9:55-11:45 a.m.

Students interested in registering for summer school classes need to do the following:

  • Go to the summer school website as soon as possible and fill out a form to indicate their interest in registering for summer school classes.
  • Staff will then contact the student to give them instructions on how and when to register for available classes based on their grade level.
  • More information can be found on the summer school website: https://home.lps.org/summerschool/

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your school counselor.


Apply for SNAP benefits

Do you need help paying for groceries? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people buy food when they can’t afford it. You may be eligible for hundreds of dollars toward your grocery budget each month.

Call your local SNAP hotline to apply: 855-444-5556. They are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Bilingual service in English and Spanish.

When you call, please have the following information available:

  • Your monthly income
  • Your monthly expenses
  • Your bank statements

Food distribution

LPS Grab-and-Go meals

Any family can pick up free meals weekly for their children ages 1-18 every Monday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information about distribution locations, 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 during their food distribution. More information about their schedule can be found here. 


MyLNK App

The MyLNK app provides a free, one-stop guide of resources in Lincoln. This app makes it easy for families to learn about, connect, and utilize services in our community. The MyLNK app works without a data plan or Wi-Fi. It is available to download for both Android and Apple phones. Click here for more information.


Chromebook and Zoom Tech Support

If you are experiencing problems with your student Chromebook or using Zoom, please contact our Help Desk Monday through Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Call 402-436-1735  or go to help.lps.org and be ready with your student identification number.


Kindergarten Registration & Assessment

Do you have or know a child that will be five before July 31 and ready to start kindergarten? It’s time to register! Because of current health directives, we are only taking online registrations at this time. Please visit our website to start the registration process. You will need your child’s birth certificate to get started. If you have questions or can’t fill out the online application, please call your school.


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.


Complete the 2020 Census Now

The 2020 Census is happening right now. Everyone living in the United States is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone or by mail. Your responses are confidential and important. For more information go to 2020census.gov.


Join the #TestNebraskaChallenge

TestNebraska is a new initiative to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing. Every Nebraskan is being asked to go to TestNebraska.com and take a quick, five-minute assessment.  This will help figure out where in the state testing needs to occur, and what your risk level is.  Get started with three simple steps:

  1. Answer a few questions to determine your current risk.
  2. They can’t test everyone, but they will prioritize testing for those who currently have symptoms, have interacted with someone who has already tested positive, or have recently visited places where COVID-19 is more widespread.
  3. If you do test positive, they will ask you to answer some questions to help isolate the infection rate.

Take the assessment now: TestNebraska.com.