Lincoln Public Schools requiring masks for everyone
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Starting Wednesday, face coverings are required for all students, staff and visitors inside all Lincoln Public Schools buildings.
Face coverings will also be required on all buses. Eating will no longer be allowed on buses.
Students may remove their face coverings during strenuous activities and exercise.
Face coverings are required for all individuals attending athletic practices and events held inside except for athletes during strenuous physical exertion.
LPS will provide face coverings to students and staff who need them.
“We are greatly concerned about the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases we are seeing not only in Lincoln, but in our students and staff. Out of the 788 positive cases reported by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department August 15-21, 110 of those were LPS students, or 14 percent of the county’s positive cases. For comparison, during the peak of the spread in December 2020, out of the 2,100 cases, 110 were LPS students or five percent of the county’s positive cases.
Last week we had 723 students excluded from school. Without the hybrid learning option for students who are excluded, our students are missing out on valuable instruction and stability. We want to keep students in our schools. Students need in-person learning. Families need the stability of in-person school. By requiring face coverings for all students and staff, we will not only reduce the risk of spread, but reduce the number of students who have to quarantine and miss school,” LPS said in a statement.