You can now find the full 2021-22 LPS Safe Return to School Plan on our website: lps.org/safereturn.
After meeting with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and reviewing the feedback gathered from staff, families and the community, it was determined there were no major revisions needed for the protocols and requirements that were proposed on July 1.
While we are highly concerned about the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases in our community, our plan follows the recent guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while addressing the current risk of spread and test positivity rate in our community. If the risk of spread and test positivity rate in our community continues to increase prior to school starting, we will collaborate with the LLCHD to adjust our protocols and requirements to mitigate the risk of transmission in our schools. This may include changing the face covering protocols for the entire school district, or a specific school building, program, classroom or learning environment. We agree with the CDC that students belong back in school and we will take the necessary measures to ensure we can safely continue with in-person learning.
Lincoln Public Schools will continuously review and update the 2021-22 Safe Return to School Plan throughout the school year. This work will be ongoing as new research emerges and more guidance is provided to the school district from the LLCHD, the CDC, the Nebraska Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education.
Any changes to our plan, protocols and requirements will be communicated ahead of time through the LPS website, email and social media.
Below are the minor revisions and a few of the small additions and clarifications that will be included in the website update:
Analysis of Proposal Feedback
Staff, students, families and the community had an opportunity to provide feedback from July 1 – 9, 2021 on the proposed 2021-22 LPS Safe Return to Schools Plan. LPS received 1,036 responses. An analysis of the feedback was conducted and the responses were coded into three categories. You can view the full LPS Analysis of the Proposed 2021-22 LPS Safe Return to School Feedback Responses here.
Volunteers, Visitors and Families at School
During regular school hours, volunteers, visitors and families are welcome in our school buildings as long as they either provide proof they are fully vaccinated or wear a face covering at all times.
For volunteers, visitors and families who are fully vaccinated face coverings are OPTIONAL. For volunteers and visitors who are not fully vaccinated face coverings are REQUIRED.
At events that take place outside of the normal school day, vaccination status is based on a self-identified system. For volunteers, visitors and families who are fully vaccinated face coverings are OPTIONAL. For volunteers, visitors and families who are not fully vaccinated face coverings are REQUIRED.
All guests must perform the self-screening for symptoms prior to entering a building and adhere to the face covering protocols.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not required, but strongly recommended for anyone over the age of 12.
Quarantine and Exclusion
2021-22 LPS Safe Return to School Plan
You can view the entire 2021-22 LPS Safe Return to School Plan on our website: lps.org/safereturn. There you will be able to read the entire plan and provide feedback.