LPS requiring face coverings for all students

"We have to consider the health and well-being of over 8,000 staff members and 41,000 students that are required to be in our buildings during the school day," said Superintendent Steve Joel. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Public Schools has announced that all students will now be required to wear face masks beginning on January 4.

LPS updated their 2021-22 LPS Safe Return to School Plan which now requires everyone inside all buildings and buses at all grade levels to wear face masks. LPS plans to review the mask requirement and announce any changes on Jan. 28.

“We have been monitoring community conditions over Winter Break and consulting with local health officials in determining protocols to help keep our schools open and our students and staff in school,” said Superintendent Steve Joel.

Joel says other factors that lead to the change in the plan include a rise in positive COVID-19 cases, new variants, staff shortages and booster vaccinations not yet available for children ages 12-15.

“We have to consider the health and well-being of over 8,000 staff members and 41,000 students that are required to be in our buildings during the school day,” said Joel.

On Dec. 22, LPS announced students grades K-5 would be required to wear masks inside buildings, while middle and high school students were not required to wear masks.

The full updated plan can be found out lps.org/safereturn.

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