LEA asking LPS to rethink their new coronavirus procedures
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — After updating the school’s coronavirus procedures if Lancaster County goes into the “Red” or severe category, the Lincoln Education Association (LEA) speaks out about their concerns.
Early this week, Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) updated their COVID-19 Risk Dial procedures to follow the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department’s (LLCHD) recommendations if the county elevates into the “Red” or severe category.
This replaces their original plan to have all students go remote if this spike were to happen.
According to an LPS spokesperson:
“As we have said from the beginning, Lincoln Public Schools staff continues to work collaboratively with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) to develop and modify plans for school operations. We have made continuous adaptions to our original plan based on evolving understanding of the appropriate safety protocols to best mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and address the unique combination of health and safety variables that existed in our community. All of these changes have been in made in collaboration with LLCHD and in alignment with their recommendations. This work will be ongoing as new research emerges and LLCHD has further guidance to provide the district.”
However, LEA, who represents about 2,300 LPS teachers, stated that they should “adhere to the original plan… The pandemic is far from being under control in our city and county, and with around 50,000 citizens of our
community (students and staff) being a part of Lincoln Public Schools, we all have a critical role in community-wide efforts to defeat the pandemic.”
The organization also emphasized that the fail-safe option of going 100% remote was a major deciding factor for some parents in having their child currently attend in-person classes.
Read the full LEA letter below: