LPS releases preview of proposed back to school plan

Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 3:01 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2021 at 3:32 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Public Schools has released a preview of its proposed 2021-22 Safe Return to School Plan.

Staff, students, and visitors entering any LPS facility are expected to conduct a self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms every day prior to arriving.

COVID-19 vaccines, while now available to students as young as 12, will not be required by the district for teachers for students.

“We had an awful lot of teachers wondering when the vaccine was going to get here,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel. “My hope is that that correlated to high percentages getting the vaccine.”

The Lincoln Public Schools plan for face coverings is based on current community conditions and recommendations from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. For students and staff who are fully vaccinated, face coverings are optional. For students who are not fully vaccinated, face coverings are strongly recommended and unvaccinated staff will be required to wear a mask. However, face coverings must be worn by everyone on school buses regardless of vaccination status.

Per long-standing state and federal requirements parents will be required to supply their children’s vaccination history, which would now include COVID-19. The district will not, however, require paperwork or COVID-19 vaccine cards to be submitted by teachers.

“We’re going to put them under the LPS honor system,” Dr. Joel said. “That they will do the right thing with regard to wearing face coverings or not.”

Desks will be placed as far apart as possible and everyone is asked to physically distance three to six feet whenever possible.

Under the proposed plan, elementary students will be served meals in individual containers and students will be assigned to a table. LPS is planning to take down those plexiglass dividers in all lunch rooms and middle and high schools lunch will return to normal.

To read the entire proposed plan, which includes the quarantine protocol for people with coronavirus and those in close contact, click here.

LPS wants to emphasize that this is a proposed plan and would like community feedback at the link below.

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