LPS and health officials require masks for young students as COVID-19 cases rise

Lincoln Public Schools want to protect the most vulnerable, speaking with health officials to adjust their back-to-school plan.
Lps Requires Masks For K 6 Students

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — For Lincoln Public Schools, Dr. Steve Joel announced that on August 9th, masks have to be worn by young students and the staff in those classrooms.

“Face coverings again will be required for all pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students,” said Joel. “It will also be required for all staff and elementary schools and those who work with sixth-grade students in middle school.”

Joel says as the Delta variant causes cases to rise, Lincoln Public Schools want to protect the most vulnerable, speaking with health officials to adjust their back-to-school plan.

“We know what the right thing is to do is to minimize the risk through masking social distancing and avoiding high-risk situations,” said Dr. John Trapp, Bryan Health Chief Medical Officer.

Health director Pat Lopez said some children have been hospitalized in Omaha. She says in other states, children’s hospitals are filling up and adds that can be avoided here.

“I keep hearing that children don’t get it as well,” said Lopez. “That may have been true before, but we’re dealing with a different variant. Why do we know all these children are ill because they’re ill enough that they’re seeking medical care. And we’re also seeing the same percentage of children having long hollers COVID syndrome as adults at some children hospitalized.”

Dr. Joel says plans could change again as they stay updated with what’s happening in the community.

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