Lincoln Public Schools cancels Friday classes due to COVID spike

Lincoln Public Schools is canceling classes for students on Fridays for the next three weeks in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 in Nebraska. The strategy is one of three announced by the district on Friday to help address many students missing from school and staffing shortages. “COVID Response Fridays” will begin on January 21 and run until February 4. “The recent rapid increase in COVID-19 cases has created a significant crisis. We have a large number of students missing class due to illness, and they are struggling to make up for that missed instruction,” LPS Superintendent Steve Joel said in a statement. “Another key issue for us is ensuring that we have enough staff in our schools to continue to serve all students safely every day. We need to think outside the box and look at all of our options. Extracurricular activities, including sports practices and events, for high school students will continue as planned, along with Career Academy classes. , who are at home due to illness, receive virtual help. Staff who help cover lessons Monday through Thursday can use the time to catch up on planning. “We understand this can cause additional stress for families and do not take this decision lightly,” Joel said. “These are not days off. Staff will continue to work and support students. This is a temporary tool we can use to help everyone catch up and ensure prudent staffing levels when students are present in our buildings. LPS is also implementing a plan for temporary classrooms, programs or schools to transition to remote learning as needed. The plan will allow any classroom, grade level or building to move to 100% remote learning if needed. The district is also preparing students with teacher-led practice sessions for remote learning.

Lincoln Public Schools is canceling classes for students on Fridays for the next three weeks in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 in Nebraska.

The strategy is one of three announced by the district on Friday to help address many students missing school and staffing shortages.

“COVID Response Fridays” will begin on January 21 and run until February 4.

“The recent rapid increase in COVID-19 cases has created a significant crisis. We have a large number of students missing class due to illness, and they are struggling to make up for that missed instruction,” LPS Superintendent Steve Joel said in a statement. “Another key issue for us is ensuring that we have enough staff in our schools to continue to serve all students safely every day. We need to think outside the box and look at all of our options. »

Extracurricular activities, including sports practices and events, for high school students will continue as planned, along with Career Academy classes.

The district said Fridays would be used to help students, who are home due to illness, receive help virtually. Staff who help cover lessons Monday through Thursday can use the time to catch up on planning.

“We understand this can cause additional stress for families and do not take this decision lightly,” Joel said. “These are not days off. Staff will continue to work and support students. This is a temporary tool we can use to help everyone catch up and ensure careful staffing levels when students are present in our buildings. »

LPS is also implementing a plan for temporary classrooms, programs or schools to transition to remote learning as needed. The plan will allow any classroom, grade level or building to move to 100% remote learning if needed.

The district is also preparing students with teacher-led practice sessions for remote learning.

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