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Lawrence schools to remain in session

September 11, 2001

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Lawrence public schools will remain in session today, but all afterschool and nighttime activities have been canceled in response to the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., Julie Boyle, communications director for the district, said.

Boyle said school officials are taking extra precautions today to protect students' safety

"We feel the schools are the safest place for students because of the adult supervision (we can provide)," she said.

Public school officials have been in contact with Douglas County Emergency Preparedness, are reviewing crisis plan procedures and are monitoring all visitors coming in and out of school buildings, she said.

Boyle said any parent who wants to remove their child from school can do that. However, every child must be signed out by the parent through the school's office.

Boyle said many teachers were talking to their students this morning as news about the crisis on the East Coast unfolded.

"They are reassuring the students that they are safe," she said.

School officials in the Eudora, Tonganoxie, Perry-Lecompton, Baldwin, McLouth and Oskaloosa districts also said classes would continue today. But some officials said the decision about whether classes will be in session Thursday depends on what else happens.

"It depends on the direction of the situation and how it continues, and if there are drastic changes in the terrorist activity," Marty Cobza, superintendent of the Eudora school district, said.

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