Friday LPS school closures lead to more calls to daycare centers

LPS schools will be closed for the next three Fridays, leaving families to turn to daycare centers for child care.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – With positive COVID-19 cases spiking in the community, Lincoln Public Schools will be cancelling school on Fridays for the next three weeks.

The sudden change has a trickle-down effect on local daycare centers, like Bubbles & Blocks, who experience a greater volume of calls from families who rely on the public school system for child care.

“The schools in Lincoln, they’re struggling with staffing, just like we are,” Nicole Peck, co-director of Bubbles & Blocks South location. “But we know they’re struggling much more than we are.”

Peck said she only received a handful of calls this Friday, but anticipates more coming.

“A lot of families are still finding out this news,” Peck said. “I could see us getting a lot more phone calls at the beginning of next week.”

Alexa Olsen, who is a school-age teacher at Bubbles & Blocks says the change in schedule is an adjustment for staffers and children.

“It’s kind of a little bit last minute, of course,” Olson said. “So we’re just trying to find activities for them to stay interactive and stuff.”

So what’s the secret to keeping young kids entertained and well-behaved?

“I talk to them a lot about what games and toys they like to play with,” Olson said. “It is a little bit outside of their normal schedule, so we just want to keep them interactive and super happy.”

The pandemic has thrown its share of curve balls for school systems and child care centers, but Peck says the daycare center has learned to become adaptable over the past two years.

“It’s been, you know, a little bit of a roller coaster and I think we’ve faced our biggest challenges and we’ve just learned to overcome those challenges,” Peck said.

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