October 2, 2020 Weekly Family Update

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Lincoln Public Schools families,

Below is this week’s update with important information for families. You can continue to check our special website for updates and information: lps.org/coronavirus.

Thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school or visit our website and click on the blue “Contact Us” button.

IMPORTANT: Changes to using Zoom for LPS students

We have added extra security measures to protect students and staff using Zoom at LPS. This extra security begins Oct. 2.

Moving forward, any LPS Zoom classes and meetings with students will require that students be signed in to their LPS Google accounts. This step verifies the identity of all students and staff joining a Zoom session. Students who are already using their LPS Chromebooks will not be impacted by this change as they are signing into their accounts by using the Chromebook. Students who use a personal device for Zoom will need to be signed in to their LPS Google account, or they will not be able to join the meeting or class. The easiest and most secure way to access any LPS meeting and class is for the student to use their LPS Chromebook.

Information for Remote Learner families about second quarter

All students who selected remote learning at the beginning of the school year will continue in remote learning second quarter. On the remote learning request form, if you selected for your child to be in remote learning for just the first quarter, there is nothing you need to do to continue remote learning in second quarter. We will continue your child in remote learning. If you wish for your child to return to school second quarter for in-person learning, please contact your child’s school office.

Please note: Any switch between in-person and remote learning generally takes two school days for processing the request. This allows time for staff to prepare for your student.

Free breakfast and lunch for all LPS students

Due to the pandemic, the USDA is federally funding breakfast and lunch for all students while the federal funding lasts. All LPS students in preschool – 12 grade and Independence Academy students will be offered breakfast and lunch at no charge.

To receive the school meal at no charge:

  • The student must select a serving of fruit or vegetable plus at least two other components of the meal (meat, grain, milk, fruit, vegetable).
  • Failing to take a fruit or vegetable plus two other food components will lead to the student being charged a la carte pricing.
  • A student selecting pizza and milk would need to pay for these food items since there is no fruit or vegetable.
  • A student may select all five components of the meal.
  • A la carte food items including milk and second entrees will still be available to purchase with money in the meal account or cash.

LPS will communicate when the program is coming to an end for families to plan around breakfast and lunch purchases.

Just a reminder, families must continue to fill out applications for free or reduced priced meals for the 2020-2021 school year.  You can access a meal application at https://home.lps.org/ns/free-reduced/.

Breakfast and Lunch for remote learners will also be at no charge.

REMINDER: Meals Distribution for 100% Remote Learners

LPS is offering all PreK-12 grade 100% remote learners meals for the week to be picked up on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at three locations.

Next week’s meal distribution for 100% remote learners will be on Monday, October 5.

Go to our website for more information. 

#SaveTheKids community event

Bryan Health will host a virtual event Oct. 5, 6:30-8 p.m., featuring youth advocate Collin Kartchner, whose mission is to #SaveTheKids from social media’s negative effect on their mental and emotional health. Kartchner promotes the importance of living life offline and encourages all of us to rise above social media comparison, negativity, and the stress of being perfect.

This is a free virtual event from 6:30-8:00. Registration is required HERE – https://bryanhealth.org/savethekids 

Some middle and high school students will view a special 30-minute presentation in class during the week of Oct. 5.