Important changes announced during Board of Education Meeting 9/22/2020

Lincoln Public Schools families,

We want to make you aware of some important changes that were announced during the Board of Education Meeting tonight.

From the beginning, we have indicated our plan would be updated as appropriate. As a result of continued collaboration with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, and as a result of ongoing feedback from teachers and staff, Lincoln Public Schools announced the following changes:

No school for students Nov. 2

Nov. 2 will be a teacher and staff plan day and there will NOT be school for all pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students and Independence Academy students. This day will provide additional plan time to work on serving the needs of both in-person and remote students and up to two hours designated for work toward the school district’s equity goal.

Please note: There is also no school on Nov. 3 due to election day, creating a four-day weekend for all students.

Ending 3/2 in high schools starting second quarter

After discussions with the health department, beginning the second quarter on Oct. 19 we are initiating plans to end the 3/2 high school plan and have all high school in-person learners return to school full time, five days a week. This means that high school PLC early release will move back to Tuesdays.

Please note: This will be subject to current community conditions and we will continue to work in collaboration with the health department on the transition. Please note that given the number of remote learners at the high school level, our high schools will still only be at 70-80% capacity.

Elementary specialists will teach from their classrooms starting Oct. 19

Starting second quarter (Oct. 19) we have put safety protocols in place to allow for all elementary specialists to teach from their own classrooms instead of from a cart.

Dates and location change for May 2021 graduations

Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, LPS has secured Lincoln’s biggest venue to hold in-person graduation on Memorial Day weekend. All six ceremonies will now take place May 28-30 at Pinnacle Bank Arena and livestreamed for those who cannot attend.

The new graduation schedule at Pinnacle Bank Arena is as follows:

Friday, May 28, 2021
6 p.m., Lincoln High School

Saturday, May 29, 2021
8:30 a.m., Lincoln Southeast
12:30 p.m., Lincoln Northeast
4:30 p.m., Lincoln Southwest

Sunday, May 30, 2021
Noon, Lincoln North Star
4 p.m. Lincoln East

The Bryan Community Focus Program graduation will still be held at Lincoln East High School on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 7 p.m.

All times are subject to change.