LPS Family update June 26, 2020

LPS families,
Below is important information to help you navigate summer and assist you in preparing for next fall. We will continue to send updates as they become available.

Food distribution through July

LPS Grab-and-Go meals: continue through July (sites changing)

Just a reminder we will have Grab-And-Go meals distribution on Monday, June 29 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at our 14 locations. Any family in Lincoln can pick up free meals weekly for their children ages 1-18. For more information about distribution locations, go to our website lps.org and enter keyword “food”.

Currently we are planning to continue Grab-And-Go meals every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 12 sites in July. Any family can pick up meals at these 12 locations:

  • Arnold Elementary School
  • Calvert Elementary School
  • Clinton Elementary School
  • Huntington Elementary School
  • Saratoga Elementary School
  • West Lincoln Elementary School
  • Culler Middle School
  • Goodrich Middle School
  • Lefler Middle School
  • Northeast High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Park Middle School

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. 

Retrieving student items for K-11

Each school will be sending families information by July 10 that includes a schedule during the last two weeks in July for your student to retrieve their belongings left at school and return any school items. Students will still keep their Chromebooks. This will be for students that were in grades K-4, 6, 7, and 9-11.

Chromebooks Check-up

It’s time to pull out your student’s Chromebook and give it a check-up! If your student hasn’t been using their Chromebook this summer for LPS Summer School, we are asking them to turn on their Chromebooks this week and make sure it is working properly.

Here’s what your student needs to do:

  1. Plug in and turn on your Chromebook.
  2. Log on to your Chromebook. (if possible)
  3. Leave your Chromebook plugged in for one hour.
  4. Power down your Chromebook and put it away.
  • Click the user panel in the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • Click on the power symbol to power down the Chromebook.

If they are experiencing problems, please contact our Help Desk at 402-436-1735. After they’ve done the check-up, don’t forget to power it off completely before putting it away.

First Day of School (Changes for grades 7-8)

Mark your calendars, here are important dates for the first week of school:

  • Wednesday, August 12 – first day of school for Kindergarten through 5, 6 and 9 grade students.
  • Thursday, August 13 – first day of school for students in grades 7-8 (NEW) and 10-12
  • Monday, August 17 – first day for preschool

Remote Learning (Zoom) Parent Permission Form open July 15

If LPS is conducting classes under yellow or orange on the risk dial, parents of any K-12 LPS student may voluntarily elect for their child to participate in remote learning during the 2020-2021 school year. If the risk dial is in green, only students with an individualized plan developed in collaboration with school and district administration will be allowed to participate in remote learning. (Please keep in mind that just like our Standard Response Protocols, every LPS building or program which provides services may not always be in the same risk color category.)

If you choose to have your child participate in remote learning via Zoom, you will be required to fill out a form that will be available starting July 15. More information will be sent to families on July 15.

Saturday ACT testing sites

Due to the overwhelming number of students registered, ACT and LPS worked together to open more sites for the Saturday, July 18, 2020 test. If you were previously registered to take the test at these schools on July 18, they will now be available as a test location:

  • Lincoln High School
  • North Star High School
  • Northeast High School
  • Southeast High School
  • Southwest High School

Please verify your registration and location with ACT.

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.

Kindergarten registration

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.

LPS is hiring

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/.

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.

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.