Resources for students during trying times

Lincoln Public Schools families,

I was shaken and deeply disturbed to watch the video showing the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police last week. It was a stark reminder that too many of our neighbors live in fear. They fear for their safety just doing everyday things that many of us don’t have to think twice about.

At Lincoln Public Schools, we understand that our community is appropriately angry and struggling with events that unfolded across the country and even in our own community. Like all of us, our children are sad and angry, and they are trying to navigate their feelings and the current world around them. The grief and unsettling emotions families are experiencing are only compounded by the fact their lives have been turned upside down by COVID-19.

At LPS, we remain committed to supporting students and families as our community comes together to work on systematic change. 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 and ways to peacefully and positively respond. Please click on the green “Safe to Say” button 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.

This is about caring for one another. We must collectively embrace hope and help our students and neighbors understand that each of them is valued and important. Their lives, voices, contributions and achievements give us hope. 

Steve Joel

Published: May 31, 2020, Updated: June 12, 2020