Archive for Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Lawrence schools cancel classes for today

Other schools also announce cancellations

December 7, 2005, 10:50 p.m. Updated December 8, 2005, 11:08 a.m.


Lawrence public schools will not have classes today because of a heavy snowfall that brought snow-packed parking lots and slick sidewalks, a school district official said Wednesday night.

"Supt. Randy Weseman, after talking to the school district's transportation and safety director and with the facilities and operations directior, decided to cancel classes for Thursday," said Julie Boyle, the school district's public information officer.

"We wanted to let people know early, so they have time to plan," Boyle said.

The Lawrence area received six to eight inches of snow, leading to some organizations to close their doors today and others to cancel events and activities (See story).

Besides Lawrence, here is a list of other school districts and schools that are having a snow day todays:

¢ USD 491 Eudora

¢ USD 458 Basehor-Linwood

¢ USD 464 Tonganoxie

¢ USD 203 Piper

¢ USD 348 Baldwin

¢ USD 298 Wellsville

¢ USD 290 Ottawa

¢ USD 287 W Franklin

¢ USD 434 Santa Fe Trail

¢ USD 541 Oskaloosa

¢ USD 343 Perry-Lecompton

¢ USD 342 McLouth

¢ The Lawrence Catholic School

¢ Raintree Montessori

¢ Bishop Seabury

¢ Veritas Christian School

¢ Brook Creek Learning Center

¢ Montessori Discovery Place

¢ Head Start

¢ Montessori Children's House

¢ Strategic Learning Center

¢ Green Pastures Preschool

¢ Lawrence Arts Center Preschool

¢ Small World International School/Preschool

¢ First Presbyterian Preschool

¢ Princeton Children's Center

¢ Sunshine Acres Montessori School

¢ Prairie Moon School

KU courses are scheduled as normal for today, which is the last day of class. The university has implemented its inclement weather policy, which means employees can arrive an hour late and overnight employees are permitted to leave an hour early.

Haskell's classes are scheduled as normal, but teachers are encouraged to use their own discretion.

For more on this developing story, watch 6News tonight at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunflower Broadband channel 6, and pick up a copy of Thursday's Journal-World.


b_asinbeer 12 years, 5 months ago

I like this superintendent better than Al Azinger (this is correct, if I'm not mistaken?), the previous one. He wouldn't cancel classes if it snowed 10" with 2" worth of ice underneath it. I doubt KU will cancel their last day of classes though.

Robert 12 years, 5 months ago

I want KU to cancel their class. That would be so cool!!!!

johnnyl 12 years, 5 months ago

give" time to plan" huh?

must be the people who make "the decisions" don't have kids, or consideration of day-care providers to MAKE THE CALL

I made a call to my manager at NOON today that school will be cancelled & don't count on me "if the event arises"

like look out the window...HELLO?

So... here it is 8:45pm

I drove from East Hills Park to Vinland to pick up my son

& back to Lawrence to home

I made "The Call" @ 6pm...

No School Tomorrow -

says Dad

What does it take?

4 hours? 6 Hours?

Perhaps a Mandatory Class of " Common Sence" to be taught.

& a Requirement for School Superintendants

pierced_daisy 12 years, 5 months ago

Oh god.....this means that a ton of highschoolers with cars will be out tommorow on our treacherous streets....dangit keep them in school! our police have enough accidents to worry about!

newsreader 12 years, 5 months ago

How true your point is... 4 years ago when I was in high school we always went out driving when school got canceled, we never stayed home thats for sure...

johnnyl 12 years, 5 months ago

Daisy- or KU Fresman-Sophomores from Florida & Virginia etc

Any from Buffalo NY & there abouts... know how to deal w/ snow & cars & speed...

johnnyl 12 years, 5 months ago

...ever take a kid/ or new driver into 3 inches of snow

or an icy situation

& do spins? Control the car in a "slip" or "skid" or, "Slide

& Glide"

I learned early, in an empty parking lot in Buffalo NY

& and have taught my kids the same way.

Saves Lives.

pierced_daisy 12 years, 5 months ago

Oh dear god you guys are right......not only the highschoolers but also the hordes of freshman at KU.....

Should i buy lifeinsurance now?

pierced_daisy 12 years, 5 months ago

I personally was taken out into a snow fall we had once that was 12 inches (very odd) and there was ice underneath. After one hour of instruction in a large parking lot, I know how to get out of spins, etc.

Im the best driver in the snow and its because i practiced in huge empty parking lots with a ton of snow with a huge sheet of ice under it.

Maybe we should offer a class Jonnyl !!! We can charge 50 bucks per person for one hour of instruction.

johnnyl 12 years, 5 months ago

P-D you are on!

Count me out if there's a snow day OK?

pierced_daisy 12 years, 5 months ago

Ya know, the popping the car in neutral trick always works wonders for me Johnny - ever tried that? Works wonders on ice spots.

And heck ya - we should offer a class and the ljworld should advertise it - big bucks for us, finally safe drivers for lawrence. Win Win situation!

johnnyl 12 years, 5 months ago

yeah- & mind the impulse to Break

Gotta be a pre-action than a re- action

Hit the are done for (4 wheel Drivers think theyare INVINCIBLE)

on ice or snow, depending on how fast you're goin'...

it's Physics

Never went to school on the "Hill".

Yet I found myself teaching

my 9 year Son about momentum.

Go Figure

Give me a 10 wheel Drive

Dare Ya

All the same...

pierced_daisy 12 years, 5 months ago

Dang Johnny that almost sounds like poetry :)

pierced_daisy 12 years, 5 months ago

I remember when I went to KU....

One day, 7 inches of snow dropped. The buses refused to work that day.

The wind was insane.

And yet, classes were not cancelled.

KU officially closes when hell freezes over. Unfortunate, but true.

staff04 12 years, 5 months ago

johnnyl- you lost me when you mentioned VA earlier...we're bracing for 4-6 inches overnight tonight...

Prydain 12 years, 5 months ago

About three years ago they cancelled classes at KU. It was the huge ice storm that knocked all the trees down and left KC without power. In my five years at Ku that is the only time I can remember classes being cancelled.

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