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 February 19, 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 February 19, 2021.
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 be asked to commit to at least one semester when signing up for the Remote Learning Program. Students will only be able to switch between the Remote Learning Program and in-person school at the semester. Requested changes during a semester will align with the district’s permit process through Student Services (Policy 5122).
Additional expectations include:
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.