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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Today is an X Day

Lunch Menu:

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Lentil Pasta and Marinara Sauce

Turkey Hot Dog

Chef Salad or Meatless Salad

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Clubs/Activities (week of 11/30-12/4):  NO CLUBS/INTRAMURALS   

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**Don’t forget to put your pride cards in the basket outside each grade level counselor’s door every day.  We’ll choose five winners every Friday, and if your card is chosen you will choose a reward from an awesome menu of choices!-

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**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 Families,

It is hard to believe the first semester is nearly over with only three and a half weeks left before winter break. Just a reminder, middle and high school students will return to classes on Monday, Nov. 30. Elementary students will return on Tuesday, Dec. 1 since Monday is an elementary plan day.  Early childhood services will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 1. 

With the high risk of spread in Lincoln, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department recommends everyone should be wearing face coverings, practicing hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing and self-screening and monitoring for symptoms while in the community or at school. It is important that everyone follow these protocols while in our community so we can flatten the curve and continue to serve students in our schools. 

If your child has symptoms, had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, has been directed to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 result, or directed to quarantine for having contact with someone with COVID-19, please keep your child home and contact your child’s school.

Below is our weekly family update with important information and reminders. Here is an index by topic to assist you:

  • Take these steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19
  • Student calendar November 23-December 4
  • Remote Learning Request Form
  • REMINDER: Survey about next school year
  • Remote Learners: No meal distribution next week

Take these steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19

While at school or in our community, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department reminds us to follow these four main protocols proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

Self-Screening
Self-screen for symptoms everyday before leaving home using this checklist. If you answer yes to the questions asked, contact your healthcare provider and stay home. Staff and students are expected to conduct a self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms every day prior to entering any LPS building or program.

Face Coverings
Wear multilayer cloth face coverings anytime you are in public settings and physical distancing from others can’t be maintained. Face coverings are required to be worn over the mouth and nose for all LPS staff, students and visitors to enter school buildings.

Hand Hygiene
Wash your hands with soap or use sanitizer after touching objects and common surfaces. In addition, frequently clean and sanitize areas, surfaces and objects after use.

Physical Distancing
Maintaining physical distancing from others whenever possible makes a difference. Spacing out as far as you can, where and when you can, will reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Student calendar Nov. 30 – Dec. 4

Here is the student calendar for next week: 

Monday, Nov. 30

  • No school for elementary students (PreK–5, and Early Childhood)
  • Classes in session for all middle and high school students
  • High School: Group A is in person, Group B is remote

Tuesday, Dec. 1

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High School: Group A is in person, Group B is remote

Wednesday, Dec. 2

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High School: Group A is in person, Group B is remote. (Early dismissal)

Thursday, Dec. 3

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High School: Group B is in person, Group A is remote

Friday, Dec. 4

  • Classes in session for all students
  • High School: Group B is in person, Group A is remote

If you or any member of your household has symptoms, had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, has been directed to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 result, or directed to quarantine for having contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home and contact your child’s school.

We want to make you aware that health department contact tracers and school health offices will continue working next week to contact any individuals who are identified as possible high-risk close contacts with positive COVID-19 cases in our school buildings. It is important that you answer when they call so they can effectively perform the contact tracing.

Families, we appreciate your support through all of this. We know the constant changes can create issues for our families. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we learn new information and continue to make adjustments in collaboration with the health department.

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Changes to the student calendar

The Lincoln Board of Education also approved additional early release and no school days for students during the school year to allow for more plan time for teachers. Click here for an updated printable K-12 student calendar. Changes to the year calendar are highlighted in yellow below: 

December
11: No school for elementary students (PreK–5, and Early Childhood)
15: K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes
22: Last day of 2nd quarter
23: First day of LPS winter break

January
4: Last day of winter break
5: First day of 3rd quarter
12: K–8 early dismissal*
18: Schools not in session (PreK–12 and Early Childhood)
26: K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

February
9: K–8 early dismissal*
15: Schools not in session (PreK–12 and Early Childhood)
23: K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

March
5: Last day of 3rd quarter
8-12: Schools not in session (PreK–12)
15: First day of 4th quarter
16: K–8 early dismissal*
30: K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

April
1: No school for high school students (9–12)
2: Schools not in session (PreK–12 and Early Childhood)
5: No school for elementary students (PreK–5 and Early Childhood)
13: K–8 early dismissal*
27: K–8 early dismissal, No PreK classes

May
20: Last day of class for students

*Early Childhood and preschool have a different schedule for the new early release days. Please see those calendars here:  Early Childhood Preschool Calendar and Early Childhood Full Day Preschool Calendar

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Remote Learning Request Form

The Remote Learning Request Form is on our website while we are in Red. Families can choose – now or any time – to move to 100% Remote Learning for their child. After filling out the form, the school will call to confirm your request. Please allow two school days for staff to prepare and get your child the materials they will need to begin remote learning. The school will communicate with you when remote learning will begin for your child. Families, weigh this option carefully as continuously moving back and forth between in-person and remote learning creates a major disruption in your child’s learning experience.

To access the request form:


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, November 30.

Go to our website for more information.


Special Education 

Special Education Parent Advisory will be held on December 3, at 6:45 p.m.  If you want to attend, please email Payton Eickhoff at peickhof@lps.org to receive the zoom link, or call 402-436-1905. Special Education administrators will be sharing IEP meeting best practices.


Lifetouch School Pictures

LPS and Lifetouch have teamed up to offer a district-wide picture retake day, Saturday, Dec. 5, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:00 p.m. in the gym at Riley Elementary School. This event will only be for the students who missed their school picture opportunities. 

Students with last names starting with A-L come from 8:00-11:00, while students with last names M-Z come from 12:00-3:00.

In order to sign your student up for this event, please fill out this registration form HERE. If you aren’t able to access the form or are having any troubles, please contact Tanisha Gray at 402-436-1668 or tgray2@lps.org. Those who register will receive a reminder email from Tanisha Gray as we get closer to the event.

Students who attend this event will have their photos included in their school’s yearbook.  

Here are directions for online ordering from Lifetouch. If you need a physical picture packet, they will be available, at Riley, on Dec. 5. Picture packet orders should arrive no later than January. 

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REMINDER: Survey about next school year

Please return the survey about the 2021-22 school year by 11:59 p.m. on November 25. Whether you currently have students who are participating in remote learning or in-person, we are interested in gathering feedback from family about potential school options for the 2021-22 school year. If you have not received the survey, please contact us through our website here

PLEASE NOTE: this survey is not about the current school year, but rather it looks ahead to next year if COVID-19 spread is still a concern in our community. No decisions have been made concerning next year, and final decisions concerning instructional delivery formats will be made based on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, safety, instruction, financial and human resource concerns. 

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LLCHD Directed Health Measure on youth sports

Today, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department announced a new Directed Health Measure that includes a three week moratorium on team sports as defined below. This moratorium will be for in-person practices and competitions, but will allow for some remote communication. This will begin on Nov. 16 and end on Dec. 7. All events scheduled for Friday and Saturday (Nov. 13-14) will proceed as scheduled. 

This moratorium only applies to the team sports list below:

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Swimming
  • Track and Field

You can find the full Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Directed Health Measure on their website.

We know this is hard news for our student-athletes and their families who have been looking forward to participating in winter athletics. We are hopeful this is temporary and we can resume our season at some point in the near future. What we do now protects the rest of the winter activity season.

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Changes to face coverings requirement during recess and outdoor P.E.

Starting next week, face coverings will now be required at recess for students and adult supervisors. This decision was made in collaboration with the health department and is a result of the updated definition of a high-risk close contact and the inability to guarantee physical distancing throughout recess.

Face coverings will also be required for P.E. with the exception of intense aerobic activity or if six feet of distance can be guaranteed at all times. 

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Identifying high-risk close contacts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department have recently updated the factors involved when identifying high-risk close contacts. A high-risk close contact is identified as anyone within six feet or less of a positive individual for a cumulative 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, and one or both of the individuals are not wearing a face covering during the interaction. 

Check out this information from the Nebraska Department of Education to learn more about identifying high-risk close contacts and the difference between quarantine and isolation while wearing face coverings. 

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Zoom safety for students

We are working with Lincoln Public Schools Security and Computing Services after we have become aware of a student safety concern this week. Families, we need your help to address this issue.  Some students may be using LPS issued technology, others may be using their own devices.
Students are searching for and entering public Zoom meetings.  In these public Zoom meetings, our students are being exposed to adult content that is not age appropriate.  In addition to seeing and hearing this inappropriate material, students are engaging in inappropriate conversations and virtually meeting others. Some of these people they are meeting are reported to be adults not connected to the school or Lincoln Public Schools. We are concerned for the safety of our students engaging in this dangerous on-line activity unsupervised.

Just a reminder, as part of the Responsible Technology Use Agreement Form signed by students at the beginning of the year, students should not use LPS technology to enter into any meetings that are not LPS related or for official educational purposes. 

As a reminder, the safety measures outlined below are some of the things that have been put into place to protect our students. LPS student devices and accounts cannot:

  • Send or receive email from outside LPS
  • Send or receive Google documents from outside LPS
  • No access to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc
  • Inability to create/host Zoom meetings

Families, we need your help to keep our children safe. Please have conversations with your child about the appropriate use of technology – whether it is a school device or a personal device. 

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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.

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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


Remote learning resources

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

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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.