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FAQs



Q:

To whom are tuition and application fee checks written?

A:

Checks for both tuition and registration fees should be written either to the Lancaster Learning Link, or The Link.  We then pay the teachers and all the other operating expenses.

Q:

May we include lab fees in the tuition checks?

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No.  Tuition fees are set by the Link Board and therefore the Link distributes the checks to the appropriate teacher(s).  However, each teacher establishes his/her own lab fees and is accountable for collecting them.  Therefore, please pay all lab fees to each individual teacher.

Q:

If we choose to mail our registration fees instead of using Venmo, where do we mail them?

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Please mail the non-refundable registration fees to:

Jeanette Sorensen
2900 Kucera Dr
Lincoln, NE 68502

Q:

When are the application form and fee due?

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There is essentially no deadline for paying the non-refundable registration fee, but it is important to note that the fee increases from $55 to $100 per student after July 1st.  Also, since you cannot sign up for classes or volunteer hours until your payments are received, postponing payment may result in difficulty obtaining the class you desire. Some classes reach the max number of students quickly. The website opens for enrollment to pre-registered families on June 1st. 

Q:

When are tuition fees due?

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The annual tuition for each class is $240 but we accept half of the tuition on the first day of classes of each semester. If you choose to pay with a check, it should be made payable to "The Link." A late fee of $25 will be charged to any family that does not pay tuition of the first day of the semester unless they have made alternative arrangements with a board member before that first day of class. We are also now accepting payments via Venmo.

Q:

May we drop a class at any time?

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While we ask families to make a year-long commitment to each chosen class, we realize that sometimes that class isn't working out.  Families are given the first four weeks of the school year to decide whether or not the class will work for them.  They have the right to drop a class before the beginning of the fifth class day and receive a $95 tuition refund ($120-$25 processing fee) IF the “Drop a Class” form on the homepage of the website is submitted by this deadline. There is no refund of the registration fees that are paid during the summer.

If, after the “trial” period of 4 weeks, a family still finds it necessary to drop a class, there will be no tuition refunds. There are no tuition refunds for the second semester. The family is still responsible to fill out the "Drop a Class" form on the website so that teachers and administrators are aware of the change.

To complete the "Drop a Class" form, login to the Learning Link website and fill out the “Drop a Class” form on the homepage.  It is very important for record-keeping purposes that you fill out this form.  Once the “Drop a Class” form has been filled out, the Link board will make all the necessary notifications to teachers, etc.

Q:

How do we drop a class if we feel that is necessary?

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To complete the "Drop a Class" form, login to the Learning Link website and fill out the “Drop a Class” form on the homepage.  It is very important for record-keeping purposes that you fill out this form.  Once the “Drop a Class” form has been filled out, the Link board will make all the necessary notifications to teachers.

Q:

Will we receive a refund if we drop a class?

A:

If you drop a class before the 5th class day of the school year by completing the "Drop A Class" form on the website, you will receive a $95 refund.  There are no further refunds for classes dropped after the 5th week or in the second semester.

Q:

Who provides the books and materials?

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It is the parents' responsibility to obtain the required books and materials before the first day of class.  The only times this is not true are if it is stated in the class description that the teacher will order books for students, or it there is a personal communication from the teacher stating his or her intention to order books for the students. The required textbooks and supplies are listed on each class description.

Q:

Where can I find the books I need?

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There are several ways to get the necessary books for classes.  One is to look at classified ads posted on the Heartland website.  Another is to attend the used curriculum book sale offered by Heartland, usually in June.  Many families buy their school books, new or used, on websites such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Half.com, eBay, etc. If you have trouble finding a certain book you might also contact the specific teacher for further information.

Q:

What happens if my child is unable to attend class due to illness or some other unexpected absence?

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If a student is unable to attend a Tuesday class, please log in to the Learning Link website and fill out the form for REPORTING ABSENCES.  The information you provide on the form will be sent to the Learning Link administrator who will notify the necessary teachers.  If it is a "planned absence" (not due to illness), please also contact your student's teachers ahead of time to let them know of your student's absence and to make arrangements for turning in assignments prior to class.

Q:

How do we find out if class is canceled due to weather?

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Usually, if Lincoln Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Link will not meet in person. There are occasions when the Link will not meet in person even if LPS is open or conversely, we will continue to hold classes when LPS is closed.  The Link board will determine either the night before or early in the morning whether or not to hold in-person classes when the weather is questionable.  The decision to cancel will be sent via e-mail by 6:00 A.M. on the day in question.  We will also post that information on our facebook page.  Please note that whenever the Link cancels in-person classes, we will move to an online format such as Zoom. Your individual teachers will contact you with details.

Q:

Are there makeup days for canceled classes?

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If the Link closes for on-campus attendance, all the teachers will move to an online format such as Zoom. Each teacher will communicate with his/her students what to do.

Q:

What happens if I am unable to fulfill my volunteer obligations?

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Every family receives a list of all of the volunteer families and their contact information at the beginning of the school year.  If you are unable to perform your volunteer work on the day assigned it is essential that you find a replacement or switch hours with another family so that those hours are covered. It is also your responsibility to contact the Link administrator with the changes that have been made.  If, after seeking a replacement, you are still unable to find someone to fill in, let the administrator know of your situation so that she or the board can assist you.

Q:

What responsibilities are included in the volunteer hours?

A:

JOB NAME

JOB DESCRIPTION

Set Up

This position involves moving tables and chairs in most of the classrooms to accommodate our classes' needs. Because this is a big job, we ask that each family includes the attending student and at least one parent. Dads are especially welcome as some of the tables and carts are very heavy. This job is from 7:00-8:00 am. 

Tear Down

This job is basically the opposite of Setup- we restore the classrooms to the host church's needs. We reset the furniture, tidy the bathrooms and vacuum the floors in order to leave the church building as we found it. Again, we ask that the attending student and at least one parent participate in this position. Dads are especially welcome as some of the tables and carts are very heavy. This job is from 4:00 – 5:00pm. 

Lunch Monitor

The lunch monitor helps to set up for lunch and monitors students’ activity during lunch by walking around the facility and interacting with the students. At the end of lunch the volunteer helps with clean-up. This job is from 11:50 am – 12:30 pm. 

Parent/Teacher Conference Helper

One person helps organize the signups for the evening, another sets up the rooms and directs parents throughout the conference and a third helps with directing parents, and cleaning up and resetting the rooms at the end of the evening.

Q:

Is it possible to look at the class descriptions of classes offered in previous years?

A:

Yes, we're happy to provide members of the Link with previous years' class descriptions as an aid in transcript writing.

Q:

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

A:

Please send us an email at [email protected].