6/5/2020 LPS Family Update

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Lincoln Public Schools families,

We will provide information updates as it becomes available this summer. In addition, we will be sending you regular updates every two weeks. Please continue to check your email and our website for this information.

We greatly appreciated the feedback we received from you last week on our survey remote learning last quarter. We are using the information you provided and the lessons learned by our staff to help us make adjustments in the event we provide remote learning opportunities in the future.

Just a reminder, please use our blue contact button on our website if you need to contact us during this time.


Next school year

We have plans in place to have students return to school in the fall.  Everyone acknowledges that the best option for student learning and for the community is to have students in school. In anticipation of any possible health directives and requirements from local health officials and the Nebraska Department of Education, Lincoln Public Schools is exploring any and all possibilities for providing quality education next school year during this pandemic. At this point no final decisions have been made. Whatever circumstances we finally face in August, we will do everything that we can to provide the best opportunity for learning for our students and for the community to move forward within those health measures.

As our staff works to formulate different plans based on possible restrictions next school year, we need your input to help us address the needs of students and families. If we need to operate at a reduced capacity to meet physical distancing requirements – for example limiting the number of K-12 students in our buildings at one time to 50 percent – we will need your feedback to help us determine how that schedule might work. We understand this could have a huge impact on families.

Please check your email for our survey and complete it as soon as possible.


Continue learning over the summer

All students have access to remote learning activities and lessons over the summer. You will be able to find summer activities and lessons on the LPS Remote Learning Site. Past fourth quarter Remote Learning activities and lessons will remain available on the site as well.

Library

One of the very best ways we can help our kids be successful in school is to keep them busy reading outside of school. Your school libraries have great resources and activities to help keep kids engaged in reading, writing, and creating all summer long.

  • Check out the Library Learning Challenges website. Library Services will continue to publish new Learning Challenges  for all grade levels each week, and over 150 exciting pages of previous challenge themes and activities will be available to students and families throughout the summer.
  • Students will still be able to access the read-aloud story times created by teachers at each school. If you haven’t seen some of the amazing work teachers have done to connect to students through stories, you can see all the submissions for each school HERE.
  • The LPS digital library never closes! Students and families have access to over 40,000 high-interest ebook titles in Sora, and thousands more in MackinVia and TumbleBooks.  You can access all our digital books from this website.
  • Your libraries also offer digital newspapers and magazines through our databases.  Go to your school library website to see all the digital options available to families year-round.

Home access links and passwords can be found HERE and on your school library website.  Reach out to your school librarian with questions!


Community Learning Centers

Lincoln Community Learning Centers will continue to update the Learning: Afterschool Style website throughout the summer. Check back often for updated materials featuring free, high-quality academic and enrichment programming that can be done at home.


Special Education

Students and parents have access to optional remote learning activities. You will be able to find the activities on the LPS Remote Learning Site. Spring remote learning activities will be available on the site as well. For students beginning Extended School Year (ESY) services, you will be notified by your child’s case manager on specific dates and times.

Independence Academy Virtual Graduation

Join us virtually on Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. as we will be honoring our Independence Academy graduates with a special virtual ceremony. Here are the ways you can participate:

Where to watch it:

Congratulations Class of 2020!


Juniors: ACT testing fall date set

The Nebraska Department of Education and ACT have announced that LPS 2019-2020 juniors (graduating class of 2021) who were unable to participate during April in-school testing will have an opportunity to take the ACT on September 22 at no cost. We will communicate information about how to sign up and the schedule as soon as we have that information from coordinators. The fall testing will not include the writing portion and scores will not be used for accountability. This testing opportunity is different than ACT National (Saturday) Testing.


ACT national (Saturday) testing

Students interested in national (Saturday) testing can register on the ACT.org website for a fee.

Please note: ACT Saturday testing is run by ACT. They directly hire staff to oversee the administration, scheduling the test, reserving facilities, registering students and communicating with students who have registered. The only role LPS has in Saturday testing is providing access to the facility if they reserve it, and LPS does not have control over any specific aspects of the testing. Because of this, we cannot directly communicate with families who have students registered for the June or July ACT test, as we don’t have access to who has registered. If you have questions about ACT Saturday testing, please contact ACT.


Seniors – Haven’t returned your Chromebook yet?

All graduating seniors are expected to return their LPS assigned Chromebooks once they’ve finished instructional activities for the year. If you weren’t able to turn in your Chromebook at your high school during the designated drop off days, please contact our Help Desk at (402) 436-1735 to arrange a time to return it. Unless prior arrangements have been made to accommodate special requests (like summer school), Chromebooks assigned to graduating seniors will be remotely disabled on June 7, 2020.


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. 


Support for students

At LPS, we want our students to have a safe place to express their concerns and to be heard. We have various staff available for any LPS student who would like to talk about their feelings. Students who would like to connect with staff members can click the green “Safe to Say” button on our website, fill out the form and one of our staff will connect with your child.

Here is a resource you can use with tips on talking with your child about traumatic events.


School Meal Accounts

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.


Food distribution

LPS Grab-and-Go meals: continue through 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”. Right now we plan to  continue serving meals every Monday through June.

Next week’s meal packs will include:
Breakfast – cereal bowls, graham crackers, fruit and chocolate milk
Lunch – Salisbury steak, chicken fingers or nuggets, beef patty on a bun, corn puppies, chicken patty on a bun, fruit, fruit juice and chocolate milk.

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.


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.


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.


LPS is now hiring for 2020-2021 school year

Are you passionate and looking to make a difference? Lincoln Public Schools is currently hiring for the 2020-2021 school year. There is a large demand for bus drivers, transportation paraeducators, nutrition services staff and classroom paraeducators. If you or someone you know are looking for a new career, check out current opportunities on our website: https://home.lps.org/hr/employment-opportunities/.


Teachers use important tool to assist with remote learning

While students are in class, Lincoln Public Schools uses a tool called Hapara to provide teachers the ability to view student work in Google Drive, as well as, the student’s browser activity on Chromebooks. This allows teachers to keep students on the task at hand.

During remote learning summer school, teachers will be able to use Hapara between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday-Friday to do the following:

  • View a list of open tabs on the student’s LPS Chromebook
  • See a still image of the student’s current screen
  • Open tabs on the student device
  • Send one way (teacher to student) messages that appear on-screen
  • Focus student browsing to specific, teacher-determined sites for a set period of time

Note:

  • Teachers have used this valuable tool during face-to-face instruction for the last several years. The district has recently extended its functionality to support remote instruction.
  • LPS does not have the ability to turn on a student’s webcam or microphone on any device.
  • Hapara is used to support learning, and is not intended to be used to monitor student behavior.