LPS Early Childhood weekly message
LPS Early Childhood 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. For those of you with preschoolers, those schools will have more detailed information 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:
- Apply for SNAP benefits
- Food distribution
- MyLNK App
- Kindergarten registration & assessment
- Contacting us
- Complete the 2020 Census now
- Join the #TestNebraskaChallenge
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 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.
School Library Books
Because these students are not able to return to school this year, we are asking for families to place library books together in one place at home for easy retrieval next fall. Consider putting them in your child’s backpack or a bag.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Answer a few questions to determine your current risk.
- 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.
- 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.
Updated May 8, 2020