Parent Involvement FAQ

Curriculum

How do I ask a question or express a concern about something children will be learning at school?
  1. Contact your building principal
  • Discuss the issue with building administration and/or staff
  • Review the curriculum
  • Clarify information and answer questions
  • Resolve the concern
  • Consider alternatives
  1. If a parent or individual still has questions or issues after working with the building principal,
  • Please contact the Associate Superintendent for Instruction at 402-436-1626 or at arushma@lps.org to receive a copy for a “Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials” form from the office of the Associate Superintendent for Instruction. If a request is made to change curriculum for all, the current curriculum will be taught until a resolution is reached.
  • The Associate Superintendent for Instruction may utilize the LPS Cultural Proficiency Implementation Advisory Steering Committee when appropriate.
  • The curriculum is reviewed and the Associate Superintendent for Instruction notifies the parent or citizen of the decision and notifies the person putting in the request for reconsideration of instructional materials.
What does it mean and what can I do when I receive notification that my child will be discussing a controversial issue in class?

Public schools, as an educational institution, and the individual classroom teacher have a responsibility to and should inform parents in the event that controversial issues are to be a part of the curriculum.

Teachers will ensure that students have

  • Opportunities to study controversial issues, which have political, economic or social significance about which they will begin to have an opinion,
  • Competent instruction balancing the various and/or conflicting points of view in an atmosphere free from bias and prejudice, and
  • The rights to form, identify, and express his/her own opinions on controversial issues as long as a balanced presentation is made of conflicting positions.
  • Alternative learning activities if the student and/or the student’s parents object to the controversial issue being studied.

If they have questions or would like to have their child take advantage of alternative learning activities, they should contact the classroom teacher. If parents are concerned about the topic being discussed as part of the LPS curriculum, they can follow the steps listed above in the answer to the first question.

A controversial issue involves a problem about which different individuals and groups urge conflicting courses of action and for which society has not found consensus. Public schools have a responsibility to include objectives and resources related to controversial issues in appropriate curriculum areas and grade levels to help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become an informed citizen in preparation for adulthood, including analyzing issues, investigating and considering various positions, keeping an open mind and weighing alternatives, organizing and presenting arguments, and drawing intelligent conclusions.

from regulation 6440.4 and policies 6443, 6450


Parent Involvement

How can I get involved in my child’s school?

Lincoln Public Schools welcomes parental involvement in the education of their children. We recognize that parental involvement increases student success. It is Lincoln Public Schools’ policy to foster and facilitate, to the extent appropri­ate and in their primary language, parental information about, and involvement in, the education of their children.

Parental involvement is a part of the ongoing and timely planning, review and improvement of District and building programs.

  • Parents are encouraged to monitor their student’s progress by reviewing materials sent home from the school, online school and student content-including Synergy ParentVue, emails, newsletters, periodic print and electronic publications from the district, quarterly report cards as well as attending parent-teacher conferences.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend school events such as open houses, curriculum nights, and other events to learn about what is happening at school and provide support to students.
  • Parents are encouraged to become members of the school’s parent organization, advisory committees, or School Neighborhood Advisory Council. Parents should check with their building for more information.
  • Parents are encouraged to attend courses, assemblies, coun­seling sessions and other instructional activities with prior approval of the proper teacher or counselor and administra­tor.
As a community member how can I get involved in Lincoln Public Schools?

A few of the ways community members show their commit­ment to Lincoln’s public school children are through the fol­lowing volunteer and community groups:

Volunteer Programs
  • VOLUNTEERS IN SCHOOLS
    Please call Student Services at (402) 436-1668 for more infor­mation about being a volunteer;
  • TEAMMATES
    TeamMates matches students with adult mentors, who meet weekly. Please call the TeamMates Office at (402) 436-1990 for more infor­mation about being a TeamMate mentor.
Community Groups
  • COMMUNITY CURRICULUM COUNCIL
    Community Curriculum Council members provide input to District staff on what is important in the education of Lincoln’s children. Contact your building principal if you are interested in representing your school.
  • CONSTRUCTION REVIEW COMMITTEE
    Construction Review Committee has helped the District build quality schools at the lowest cost through expert review of the construction process. Contact Liz Standish (402) 436-1634 if you are interested in being on the Construction Review Committee
  • MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    Multicultural Advisory Committee works with LPS staff to create equitable opportunities for every student. Contact Thomas Christie (402) 436-1604 if you are interested in being on the Multicultural Advisory Committee.

from Policy 6443 and from pages 30 and 45 of the Important Information Handbook


Discrimination

The Lincoln Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

How do I ask a question or express a concern about discrimination or harassment at my child’s school?
  1. Contact your building principal
  • Discuss the issue with building administration and/or staff
  • Clarify information and answer questions
  • Resolve the concern
  • Consider alternatives
  1. If a parent still has questions or issues after working with the building principal,
  • Please contact someone from the list below based on the area of concern.
  • The district staff member that you contact below will work to answer questions and resolve issues.
Important Contacts

DISABILITY/MEDICAL CONDITION (SECTION 504)
Russ Uhing, Dir. of Student Services and 504 Coordinator, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, (402) 436-1650 (duhing@lps.org).

HOMELESS (Title VII-B)
Bryan Seck, Homeless Coordinator, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, (402) 436-1963 bseck@lps.org

RACE/COLOR/NATIONAL ORIGIN (TITLE VI)

Students: Russ Uhing, Dir. of Student Services/Equity Administrator, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, (402) 436-1650 (duhing@lps.org).

Others: Thomas Christie – Multicultural Administrator, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68501, (402) 436-1604 (christt@lps.org).

SEX/GENDER (TITLE IX) Russ Uhing, Dir. of Student Services/Equity Administrator, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, (402) 436-1650 (duhing@lps.org).

SPECIAL EDUCATION (IDEA) Jenny Fundus, Dir. of Special Education, 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510, (402) 436-1932 (jfundus@lps.org).

For further information about anti-discrimination laws and regulations, or to file a complaint of discrimination with the Office for Civil Rights in the U. S. Department of Education (OCR), please contact OCR at 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, Missouri 64114, (816) 268-0550 (voice), or (877) 521-2172 (telecommunications device for the deaf), or ocr.kansascity@ed.gov.

from page 33 in the Important Information Handbook