School dances are scheduled from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Our hope is that our school dances are very special events for our students as they interact in positive ways in a safe and supervised environment. Parents, sponsors, and chaperones have invested countless hours in assuring that school dances are memorable events. Our students also invest time, energy, and money in preparation for the evening. We have had very few problems with school dances over the years. Our hope is that LPS school dances will continue to part of the high school experience, and that each student will have a fun and safe night.
One concern that the Lincoln Public School community has voiced about school dances is in regard to “freaking,” “juke dancing,” and other types of dances in which partners “grind”. You-tube can help you become familiarized with these terms if you so desire.
Inappropriate dancing is prohibited at all LPS dances. Students and parents have suggested that LPS establish “a clear and blunt” definition of “inappropriate dancing”. A focus group of students, parents and teachers were given the task of developing the following “clear and blunt” definition.
Inappropriate dancing includes: 1) touching while dancing back to front, 2) touching of breasts, buttocks or genital areas, 3) feet that are raised off the floor and hands that are touching the floor, 4) “hiking-up” of skirts or dresses, 5) leaning against the wall while dancing, and 6) dancing that appears to be “simulating sex” or “grinding”.
When a dancer exhibits any of these inappropriate motions, they will be warned or removed. If a student is removed, a staff member will notify the parents/guardian regarding arrangements for transportation. Other consequences could be determined by the school or school district including restrictions from other dances and similar activities.
All other LPS rules and student responsibilities apply at school dances. The Lincoln Police Department will always have a presence at school dances. Students may be turned over to an officer if they are suspected of drinking or drugging. If a LPD ticket is issued to the student, parents will be called to transport their child home safely. The ticketed student will also be suspended from school for five days and a LPS Student Services meeting will be required.
We are looking forward to a fun and safe event with our students. Lincoln Public Schools has always appreciated the support of our parents and guardians in these matters.