A Lincoln school remains active in classrooms amid pandemic

Channel 8 talked to some teachers who are active in the classroom with children and students with special needs during the pandemic.
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Channel 8 talked to some teachers who are active in the classroom with children and students with special needs amid the pandemic.

“Once you have a core group of students that are doing a very good job following protocols, then new ones coming in will pick that up pretty quickly,” says Jacqueline Berniklau, owner and director. ” You all look at your peers and follow them more than you do a teacher dictating.”

Jacqueline Berniklau runs B.E.S.T, Berniklau Education Solutions Team, which is a year-round school. Though they did online classes at the start of COVIDā€“19, BEST slowly brought students back in, requiring masks, social distancing, and uping their sanitation methods.

“It was a steep learning curve,” said Amy Offenbacker, a social studies teacher. “We had students online and we had students in the classroom so it was a lot to adapt to but after a couple of months were getting the hang of it.”

Berniklau says its easier for best to operate because of the small number of students, with a 1 to 1 teacher ratio.
A mother shares how her COVID-19 changed a lot for her and her autistic son.

“It was difficult at first because I wasn’t used to that I was used to going to work every day and him going on about his business, going to school and all of a sudden, COVID-19,” said Jackie Miller.

Her son now is adjusting to school at BEST, during the pandemic.
“I think he has told me how many boys and how many girls,” said Miller. “They are social distancing and they’re taking temperatures and doing all kinds of precautions.”

Offenbacker is for reopening LPS schools.
“If anything at least it’s the structure, it’s the routine,” says Offenbacker. “It’s learning how to be accountable. It’s learning that everybody kind of has a role in society.”

Berniklau says leading students at school or home is best when adults are positive and make children feel safe.
“It’s really emphasizing that life goes on and were going to live as healthy and as positive as we can, and we’re not going let this interrupt your education,” said Berniklau. “You’re going to move forward and you’re going to be successful and be prepared.”

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