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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Today is an X Day

Lunch Menu:

Creamy Mac and Cheese

Personal Three Meat Pizza

Chana Masala with Brown Rice

Chef Salad or Meatless Salad

**Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday, September 24th. Teachers sent emails for each of their classes.  After looking at that information and the data in ParentVue, if you have additional questions, please respond to the teacher’s email. Teachers will be using the conference time on Monday, September 21st and Thursday, September 24th to respond to parent emails or contact parents via phone when necessary to convey information regarding their student’s progress or concerns.  Conferences begin on both days at 3:30 PM

**2020 will be a year to remember, so purchase a Moore Mountain Lion yearbook!  2020-2021 Yearbooks are available to pre-order now! Go to your ParentVue to order. We will only be selling via ParentVue this year due to COVID 19. See the link below for how you can pay fees through your ParentVUE account.

Pay Online Website

**Due to an error from our publisher we received an extra box of 2019-2020 yearbooks. There are a limited number available to purchase in the office. The cost is $25.

There are also a limited number of 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 yearbooks for sale. Cost is $10.

Remember, the Moore we believe, the Moore we become!

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LPS Family Update 9/18/2020

Lincoln Public Schools families,

We want to thank everyone for their continued efforts in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The work and dedication from our staff and students in following the protocols during the school day ensures we are able to continue with our school year. Just as we have these protocols in place during the school day, we also need everyone to follow the same care while out in our community. This is how we further protect our staff, students and families. We are very proud of our students and staff  for their efforts. Keep up the great work!

Below is this week’s update. 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.

REMINDER: Seniors – September 22 ACT test day

Just a reminder, there will be no in-person or remote classes for high school students on Tuesday, Sept. 22 as we will be administering the ACT test to high school seniors. Only seniors who are taking the ACT will report to high schools on Sept. 22. TCA, Arts and Humanities, and Science focus program students will also not have classes on Sept. 22.

Friday morning technology issue affecting some remote students

We apologize for the disruption on Friday morning that some of our remote learners may have experienced using Synergy between 9:45 and 10:05. Any student who experienced issues will be marked as excused.

An investigation, that included LPS and vendor personnel, determined that when the LPS Synergy servers were handling a high volume of assessments and serving remote learners connected via StudentVUE, issues with the Synergy software caused the servers to be overwhelmed. This is the first year LPS has administered widespread Synergy testing while also serving 13,000+ remote learners. Computing Services will be working over the weekend to apply the software updates and will monitor to ensure the updates have the expected impact.

Bubba’s Closet – winter coats for early childhood and elementary students

Every year, Lincoln Public Schools Elementary Principals Network organizes and distributes winter clothing through the Bubba’s Closet event. This year’s event will look a little different due to the current pandemic safety protocols put into place.

Instead of a Saturday event, families who are in need of winter coats for their pre-school and elementary aged children are asked to fill out a form (http://bit.ly/Bubbas2020) by Friday, Sept. 25. You will need to include your contact information, the child’s size, age and school. Elementary principals cannot guarantee a new coat for every child, but they will do their best to fulfill as many requests as possible. Coats will be distributed to students through their school during the last week of October.

If you have any questions, please contact your elementary school’s office.

Donating to Bubba’s Closet:

Those who are interested in donating to Bubba’s Closet this year are encouraged to give through the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools Fund a Need campaign bit.ly/Donate2Bubbas. Funds raised will be used to help fill the coat requests from families.

Donations of new coats (tags still on the garment) will also be accepted at each elementary school. Please call your elementary school’s office ahead of time to arrange dropping off your donation.

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 starting Monday, September 14, 2020. 

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, September 21.

Go to our website for more information. 

Notification of positive COVID-19 cases

To make sure families are aware of positive cases of COVID-19 in their schools, LPS will email a school’s families when there is a confirmed positive case and there is a potential exposure.  This includes any staff, students or visitors who have tested positive for COVID-19. The health department defines a potential exposure as any identified positive case that is in a school building at any time during the 48 hours prior to symptoms being exhibited or the positive test was taken. Anyone identified as a high-risk close contact with the positive case will be called directly and given instructions on next steps.

Every Thursday after 2 p.m., LPS will post on our website positive cases for staff and students that are reported each week at LPS, and the number of staff reporting to be self-isolating or quarantining. 

Please note: the dashboard will not include the number of visitors who have tested positive and therefore may not match the number of messages sent to families during the week.

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. We are taking this opportunity to remind everyone to #BeThe1To keep each other safe.

Our Signs of Suicide curriculum teaches students to use the ACT process when they or someone they know is struggling. ACT stands for Acknowledge (listen to your friend, don’t ignore threats), Care (let your friend know your care), and Tell (tell a trusted adult that you are worried about your friend). School counselors, social workers, and psychologists are available at school and there are resources that can be accessed anytime of the day or night. We never want anyone to believe that suicide is the only option. 

Here is a link with more information regarding suicide warning signs and resources: http://bit.ly/LPSAware

Please also review the resources below with your child so they are knowledgeable about these services:

  • CenterPointe Crisis Line (Lincoln): 402-475-6695
  • Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-888-866-8660
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • National Crisis Text Line: text START to 741741 (text charges from your phone carrier may apply)

If someone you know is struggling, we encourage you to reach out. If you are wondering how to start a conversation about mental health or suicide, HopeLNK (https://www.hopelnk.org/) provides resources to guide you. There is help, there is hope.

Return to school after exclusion due to positive COVID-19 or directed to quarantine

Once a student is excluded from the school environment, they may return if they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC. Currently those guidelines are:

1. Symptoms, but untested: Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 but experience symptoms may return if the following three conditions are met:

  • They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • Ten (10) calendar days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
    OR
  • Students may also return if they are approved to do so in writing by the student’s health care provider.

2. Symptoms and tested: Persons who experienced symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 and are found to be positive may return to school if the following three conditions are met:

  • They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (that is one full day of no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • Ten (10) calendar days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

Persons who experienced symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 and are found to be negative may return to school if the following two conditions are met:

  • They no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)

3. Tested with no symptoms: Persons who have not had symptoms but test positive for COVID- 19 may return to school when the following three conditions are met:

  • They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours (no fever without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and
  • Any symptoms that develop have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • Ten (10) calendar days have passed since the positive test was done.

4. Close contacts with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case: The close contacts must remain in quarantine for 14 days unless they test positive. A close contact is someone who has had contact with a positive case 48 hours prior to onset of the positive case’s symptoms or test date if the positive case is asymptomatic. A close contact has been within 6 feet of the positive case for 15 minutes or more and one or both persons were not wearing a face covering.

5. Household contacts: Remain in quarantine for 14 days after the positive case in their house is released from isolation. 

Please note: A person identified as a close contact and household contact remain in quarantine even if they test negative.

6. Pending test results: any student or staff with pending test results for COVID-19 are quarantined until results return. Only the student or staff with a pending test needs to be quarantined, unless family members have symptoms of COVID-19, then they need to quarantine as well.

Students may start a remote learning plan while excluded, especially if for an extended period of time.

Reference: CDC guidance on When to Quarantine

Choosing remote learning 

We understand that circumstances might change and you may choose to start remote learning for your child. We ask that you please consider this option carefully and commit to a long-term change. We are not able to effectively serve students bouncing between remote and in-person every day or even part of the day. Students who are switching often may be missing out on valuable instruction. Any in-person student who is absent can still make up the instruction they missed as they have traditionally in the past and are not able to Zoom in to their classes for that day. For more information, please contact your child’s school. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. 

Plexiglass dividers added to some lunchrooms

We have worked with the LLCHD to implement several strategies at lunch time to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 at school. To aid in this effort, we have added clear table plexiglass dividers in many of our lunch rooms to help with physical distancing while students are eating with their face coverings off.

We understand that the shields make it more difficult for students to hear conversation during lunchtime.  However, these shields will reduce the number of high-risk close contacts a potential positive case may have at school. As a result, fewer students may get ill or have to quarantine for 14 days. 


Remote learning resources

Below are some important resources for families and students participating in remote learning via Zoom:

Cameras during remote learning

While we understand some of the reasons your student may keep their Zoom camera off during instruction (privacy, Zoom fatigue, competing family obligations, etc.) we also wanted to take a moment and share some of the benefits to encouraging your child to keep their camera on during instruction.

1. Teachers often use facial cues and body language to adjust instruction. When your student is learning in-person, teachers have a talent for recognizing facial cues, furrowed brows, or confusion. These cues signal your child’s teacher that they may need an extra example, additional clarification or feedback.

2. Teachers often ask students to give a thumbs up/down, nod their head, hold up the number of fingers, or other non-verbal gestures to check for engagement and understanding. Having the camera on, allows your child to participate in these structured opportunities to respond and keeps your child engaged.

3. Seeing faces is how we build relationships. This is true for both the teacher-to-student relationship and the peer-to-peer relationships. When your student keeps their camera shut off, they are less likely to interact with peers and build those relationships. 

There may be times when your student needs to shut off the camera, however, we hope you will encourage your child to keep their camera on as much as possible in order to foster learning and build connections.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.