LPS Weekly Family Update 5/18/2020

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LPS families,

We have made it to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration. This last week will be a valuable time for your student to turn in any missing assignments and check in with their teachers one last time. Schools will have more detailed information they will be sending out next week.

Next Friday will be the last regular weekly update email from Lincoln Public Schools. Over the summer, we will communicate information as it becomes available. Please continue to check your email for this information.


Celebrate Lincoln’s Class of 2020 on May 24 at 8:20 p.m.

We are asking for the community’s help in honoring and celebrating this year’s graduating class. On Sunday, May 24, at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military time), we encourage everyone in Lincoln to step outside or open their windows to cheer this year’s seniors on what would have been the regularly scheduled graduation day for approximately 3,000 students. High school seniors will then be able to walk into their neighborhoods wearing their caps and gowns and hear the celebrations across the city.

Families and graduating seniors can share photos and videos of their neighborhood celebrations with Lincoln Public Schools to be displayed on a special website.

  • Upload your photos or videos to our special webpage by: home.lps.org/connect/celebrate2020/. Simply click on “upload” at the top of the Live Stream box to see your photos added to others around Lincoln.
  • Post your photos and videos to Twitter and Instagram and use #LNKGrad2020.

Join the conversation and watch the event unfold on our special webpage: home.lps.org/connect/celebrate2020/

Thank you for your help in celebrating the Class of 2020!


#LastWeekLPS

Every year we honor the end of the school year with a special display of photos and videos celebrating the last week of school. This year is no exception!
Celebrate the end of this unique school year with us on our #LastWeekLPS webpage. Show us how you are finishing the school year strong and celebrating your accomplishments. You can also use this as an opportunity to thank your teachers and wish your classmates a great summer.

Here’s how you can participate during the week of May 18-21:

  • Email your last day photos with a caption in the subject line to: 2930203@scribblelive.com.
  • Upload your photos or videos to our special webpage: https://lps.org/connect/lastday2020/. Simply click on “upload” at the top of the Live Stream box to see your photos added to others around the school district.
  • Post your photos and videos to Twitter and Instagram and use #LastWeekLPS.
  • Join the conversation and watch the week unfold our our special webpage: https://lps.org/connect/lastday2020/

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.


Special Education assistive technology & equipment

For students who currently have special education assistive technology and specialized equipment checked out from LPS to use in their homes will keep the items over the summer.  We are asking seniors and students leaving the district to please return their equipment next week when they pick up other personal items from their school.  If equipment is broken or needs to be reprogrammed, please call 402-436-1905.


Chromebooks over the summer

Just a reminder that students in grades 2-11 will be keeping their Chromebooks at home over the summer unless they are leaving Lincoln Public Schools. Below are some things you can do to keep your Chromebook healthy and ready for the fall.

Students may continue to use their Chromebook over the summer for extended learning activities. Just remember:

  • Charge the Chromebook every night
  • Restart the Chromebook daily
  • Carry your Chromebook in the LPS provided protective bag (grades 6-12) or in a personal backpack or other protective case (grades 2-5)
  • Just like during the school year, summer Chromebook use is governed by a responsible use agreement and all websites are filtered by LPS.

Not planning on using the Chromebook during the summer?

If you do not intend to use the Chromebook for more than a few days, plug it in until the battery is fully charged, and then power it completely off.

Families may refer to this resource with best practices to care for the device until school resumes. 


High School Summer School

Just a reminder 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. 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.


Food distribution

LPS Grab-and-Go meals: Through the month of June!

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”. We will continue serving meals every Monday through June.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 25, we will move distribution to Tuesday, May 26.

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.


COVID-19 Risk Dial

The City of Lincoln along with Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department have developed a resource that provides a summary of current conditions in our area. Each color incorporates federal and national guidance published by top public health experts and is coupled with specific guidance. This is only guidance and does not replace federal, state, or local directed health measures. For more information: https://lincoln.ne.gov/city/covid19/.