With many variables and uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 and vaccine availability for students, Lincoln Public Schools is working to develop a one-year only Remote Learning Program for the 2021–2022 school year. We understand this option will be important to families as we continue to navigate the pandemic.
There are still many details that need to be finalized before school begins next fall. We are using the lessons learned from last fall in addition to studying successful remote learning programs from across the state and the nation to build the one-year LPS program. Just like everything in a pandemic, the challenge will be planning now for the unknowns in the fall. We will use the latest data and information to continually adapt the program as needed. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we take on this challenging endeavor.
Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions. After reading about the 2021–2022 Lincoln Public Schools Remote Learning Program, please register using the button. Deadline to register is May 7, 2021.
The Remote Learning Program is intended as a bridge through the remainder of the pandemic, and at this time there is no plan to continue remote learning beyond the 2021–2022 school year.
Parents of any LPS student who will be in grades kindergarten–12 during the 2021–2022 school year, may voluntarily elect for their child to participate in the LPS Remote Learning Program (RLP). Submission of this form is required to indicate that your child will attend school remotely. Student schedules will be created for the entire school year. Requested changes during a semester will align with the district’s permit process. Please submit a separate form for each child that will attend the Remote Learning Program. This form must be submitted by May 7, 2021.
Deadline for registration is May 7
Please note: We will use the latest data and information to continually adapt the program as needed. Information and program offerings are subject to change as new information becomes available.
We understand that it will be difficult for families to know what next fall will look like with so many variables. Setting up a successful Remote Learning Program requires gauging how many students will be participating in each grade level so we can move the appropriate number of highly trained staff from the traditional classroom to the remote learning environment. Planning ahead allows us to provide training to teachers over the spring and summer, and will help reduce program costs by shifting existing teachers to follow enrollment instead of hiring new teachers late in the summer on a one-year only contract.
This district-wide Remote Learning Program will be open to students in grades kindergarten – 12, and will look different than remote learning this year. Students will be taught by teachers focused only on remote learners, and all students in the classes will be remote learners from across the school district. If a student has health issues that prevent them from attending in person, contact your school’s Special Education coordinator to inquire about homebound services.
Students most successful in remote learning are:
Remote learning is not recommended for students with the following needs:
At home, students participating in remote learning will need:
The primary grades (K-2) are the most important in building a foundation for success. After reviewing data from last fall, and remote learning programs from across the country, we have found remote learning provides significant challenges for staff and students in these grades. We recommend that students in kindergarten through second grade attend school in-person, and we feel our safety protocols allow for this to happen while reducing the risk of spread.
Families will commit to the Remote Learning Program for at least one semester.
Regular attendance will be expected by all students. This includes being logged into class via Zoom at the beginning of the period/subject area.
All students will be expected to have their cameras on at all times, unless directed by your teacher to have their cameras off.
Students will be expected to have a designated workplace that is conducive to learning and accessible every day. Required materials will be provided by the Remote Learning Program.
Internet access will be required for all students. The Remote Learning Program will be able to assist families who may need help acquiring internet access.
Families of elementary age students will be expected to assist their student in getting connected during their assigned class times, troubleshooting technology issues, and helping with appropriate online behavior, engagement, and work completion.
All students enrolled in the Remote Learning Program will still be responsible for following the LPS student code of conduct. This includes appropriate language and dress code as if they were in school.
Students will be expected to attend in-person during state standardized testing. The location of the testing will be dependent on the location of their teacher(s), their assigned home school, and the availability of space within the district.
Families will be expected to exchange materials at a designated LPS location throughout the year. These materials will be vital for a successful educational experience.
Secondary students in the Remote Learning Program will be allowed to participate in athletics and activities. It will be the family’s responsibility to communicate their student’s interest to their assigned home school.
While the goal is to provide an alternative educational experience due to the pandemic, not all courses can be offered in the Remote Learning Program. If you would like more information about your child(ren)’s potential schedule, please contact Jamie Peckham at (402) 436-1412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary (Hours: 8:15am – 2:53pm)
Middle School (Hours: 8:00am – 3:00pm)
High School (Hours: 8:00:am – 3:00pm, with an optional period from 3:10pm – 3:55pm)
At all grade levels, requests to take courses that are not offered will go through the Remote Learning Program. These requests are not guaranteed to be granted.
The Remote Learning Program will not be an option for quarantined students or students with an extended absence. Extended absences from in-person school will be handled as they were prior to the pandemic.