Lincoln Public Schools enacts Emergency Powers Resolution due to COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the LPS school board decided to enact an emergency powers resolution.
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the LPS school board decided to enact an emergency powers resolution.

It will give superintendent Dr. Steve Joel the power to make minute to minute decisions for the ever changing future.
“We believe that it will continue to be necessary to react to this emerging situation and a lot of times it’s necessary to react almost immediately and that’s the purpose of this emergency powers resolution,” LPS legal counsel James Gessford.

They’re already working on completing lesson plans so students can begin online learning in about a week and a half. With this all being new for everyone, Dr. Joel is asking all parents and students to be patient.

“We’re prepared to deliver education in a tech matter but to this scale and this quickly there will be some bugs. I have every confidence that we will have something that parents will appreciate,” Dr. Joel said.
They’ll also be working to find new roles for employees like bus drivers, custodian, or lunch personnel because they don’t want anyone to be out of a job during these times.
A big question that remains to be answered…graduation.
Dr. Joel said they won’t be making a definite decision since it’s still two months away and things are constantly changing but it’s something he thinks about just as much as those high school seniors.
“Its been the one thing that’s kept me awake, is that we can’t finish what we started and that we can’t end in grand fashion and have graduation celebrations and thinking about next year. That’s disruptive for everybody but who isn’t being disrupted right now in America with what’s happening so really, we just have to do out roll,” Dr. Joel said.
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