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Archive for Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Schools announcing early dismissals, activity cancellations

December 7, 2005, 10:49 a.m. Updated December 7, 2005, 5:01 p.m.

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Today's winter storm is leading to some schools sending students home early and canceling after-school activities.

The following is a list that will be updated throughout the day.

-- Lawrence public schools has canceled all after-school and evening activities. Those include

Lawrence High School and Free State High School boys swim meet at Manhattan; Free State Boys junior varsity and varsity wrestling at Olathe South; and the Free State High School boys sophomore basketball against Olathe South here.

-- Wellsville School District 289 announced that classes would be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. today.

-- Tonganoxie public schools will close early at 1 p.m. today.

-- Basehor-Linwood School District 458's schools will dismiss early -- kindergartern through grade five will dismiss at 2:30 p.m.; grades six through 12 will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Linwood Elementary will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. All evening activities have been canceled.

-- The Perry-Lecompton Middle School band concert scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

Check back here later for any other weather-related school announcements.

Comments

monkeywrench1969 9 years ago

The city needs to be clearing the streets...get the trucks running. It is a liability.

mom_of_three 9 years ago

Two schools, who are north and south of us, have announced early dismissal. Unless you can see over 30 miles away, I don't think you know what the situation is. They always get weather we don't.
and Lawrence cancelled evening activities in case the weather gets worse, which it is supposed to. I don't think anyone is a wussie or a pansie.
I think you are just......not a parent.

Joshof02 9 years ago

Though your grandparents got food by killing things with moderately sharp sticks, and your father learned how to spell by drawing in the dirt, I'm not sure that makes them less "pansy-ish." The more difficult way isn't necessarily better.

Laura Wilson 9 years ago

Thirty years ago in Lawrence they cancelled school only if the county roads were drifted shut by snow and once when it was incredibly icy out--cancelling was rare.

But, thirty years ago no parent was going to sue the school district if their kid slipped on the ice and snow and fell, or if it was bitterly cold and their kid had to walk in it. Now there's a much greater probability of lawsuits and the school district cancels school or calls off activities much more often. They don't want to be liable for anything happening to the kids.

Thirty years ago I was in a school bus with chains on the tires that slid past our stop at least ten feet before stopping on thick ice at the top of the hill with my mother standing across the street screeching in panic. I can see the point in cancelling in bad conditions to prevent this kind of thing happening ever again.

monkeywrench1969 9 years ago

Once Again I say get the trucks out clearing the roads and making them safe. The make cancelations if the buses can't run. Plus it reduces the chances of accidents for people who have to be on the street.

I drove the Lawrence streets at 745 am and they had snow all over. I jumped on the west section of K-10 and it was clear the whole way until I got off on Wakarusa and 27th street. It can be done.

Baille 9 years ago

"When I was in school, they never canceled it! We would walk to school in two feet of snow."

BS

"But, thirty years ago no parent was going to sue the school district if their kid slipped on the ice and snow and fell, or if it was bitterly cold and their kid had to walk in it. Now there's a much greater probability of lawsuits and the school district cancels school or calls off activities much more often. They don't want to be liable for anything happening to the kids."

Bigger BS. No attorney is going to invest time and money in a case where a kid "had" to walk in the bitter cold. And slip-and-falls only work in negligence. A parent can always keep a kid home. With KS's comparative negligence laws, and attorney would be stupid to throw money at such a loser lawsuit with no real merit.

Step away from the propoganda, people.

dudesmithy 9 years ago

I don't know the exact policy but I don't think the city starts clearing the streets until the end of the snow is in site. This helps save money.

So....You have the one side..as seen above...that says get out and clear the streets now. You have the other side that says....Don't clear now...because you'll just have to clear it again when it stops.

Your basic no win situation for the city management.

-DS

Jeanne Cunningham 9 years ago

I believe that they should NOT even have had school today at all. Why even take the chance that school will need to be called in the middle of the day? There are NOT that many bad days in each year. If they wound up calling off school for one or two days that turned out to have not been necessary - so what? Better for those kids and parents to not have had to make mid-day trips and/or arrangements, but to be able to plan ahead. As far as I'm concerned the WORST thing that can happen is to get kids to school, get to work (or back home for those who get to do that) and, then have to hurry up in the middle of the day, go out in bad weather, risking not only my life and limbs but those of my kids and others also now out in it, to get kids back to where they should never have left in the first place.

However, I would also remind everyone that just because the schools do NOT close does NOT mean that you can't make a different decision and keep your kids home in the first place. YOU are the parent. YOU get to decide - and YOU should.

monkeywrench1969 9 years ago

K-10 and the highways are constantly running trucks to make it safer (Key word is SAFER) for those who have to be out. Saving money should not be an issue it should be about the safety of the population. At least run the trucks on the main streets and T-Routes so mass transit can run.

Most people who have to be out is because they need to make a paycheck. They can't afford to stay home with the kids if the bus routes are not clear or maybe pay another person to watch the kids while they go to work.

The city No smoking ordinance was based on employee and public safety, they should carry it over to the city streets and public transportation.

They need the trucks out plowing not throwing sand on top of the snow which is the typical response.

Jayhawk226 9 years ago

I went to a high school a mile from O'Hare Airport...our district's policy was--school closes when the airport closes.

Of course, O'Hare never closed.

I'm still bitter!

christie 9 years ago

Abe Lincoln walked 10 miles each way every day to school.

What they didn't tell you is: HE WAS LATE.

Every Day the man was LATE.

CeeCee 9 years ago

If they cancel school parents complain about having to find last minute childcare.

If they don't cancel school parents complain about their kids having to get out in dangerous conditions.

It's a no win situation for the officials who make the decision whether or not to cancel classes.

Personally, I kinda wish they would have cancelled it this morning, just because I hate being out on the road with all the morons who refuse to use common sense when driving in this kind of weather.

lawrencechick 9 years ago

Why doesn't this town believe in snow plows???

kansasnative 9 years ago

For Gosh Sakes - it is WEDNESDAY - schools are out early ANYWAY....calm down. The notice doesn't say ANYWHERE where schools were dismissed early. The only things they have cancelled are the activities that were taking kids out of town or bringing out of town schools in town. Geez..... Being the mom of a Lawrence High Boys Swimmer I am GLAD they cancelled the meet because a drive to Manhattan in the snow AFTERSCHOOL and into the NIGHT is DANGEROUS in a SNOW STORM!!! (The trucks and plows ARE out - get your HEAD OUT and GO LOOK!)

kansasnative 9 years ago

Sorry - I meant to say, it doesn't say that LAWRENCE schools were dismissed early.

Ian Brown 9 years ago

"offtotheright"- I think everyone and there mom has used the quote "back when I was a kid, we would walk through two feet of snow to school." I highly doubt, whether you were walking to school, or outside to check your mail, you have ever walked through two feet of snow, and if you have, that really sucks. But in no way does that make you any "cooler", if that is what you are trying to imply by saying "i used to walk through two feet of snow on my way to school". I went to school here in Lawrence from first grade through my senior year in high school, and the only thing I noticed was the school board getting stiffer and stiffer when it came to school cancellations due to inclement weather. And yes, I agree with all of those who are concerned with driving around town along-side the morons who obviously have never driven in, or have no clue how to drive safely in this type of weather.

born1980 9 years ago

This town doesn't believe in snow plows because it involves a valuable city service people actually benefit from. Now if it involved banning something, like cell phones or constuction noise, Boog and the other potheads would give it their full attention so long as it wasn't a major issue.

del888 9 years ago

How come everyone else is a 'moron' when it comes to driving. BTW, when I was a kid we walked 10 miles to school through 3 feet of snow and it was up hill both ways. And yes, Lincoln was always late (he sat in front of me)

aquakej 9 years ago

If it snows for 3 days straight, does that mean the city won't start plowing until Saturday?

del888 9 years ago

And one more thing: LJW editor - kindergarten is spelled wrong:

Basehor-Linwood School District 458's schools will dismiss early -- kindergartern through grade five will dismiss at 2:30 p.m.; grades six through 12 will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Linwood Elementary will dismiss at 1:30 p.m.

Ian Brown 9 years ago

mr. or mrs. no-it-all, "del888" I never said "everyone else is a moron" I said that I don't like driving alongside THE morons who are driving out there, and trust me, there are lots of them. And by moron, which i clearly stated in my last comment, are the drivers who do not know how to drive safely in snowy/icy conditions, such as today. I, myself, know how to drive safely in this kind of weather, so therefore, I do not feel that I am a moron when driving in this weather.

Jayhawk226 9 years ago

In March '05, the LJW printed a story that indicated 7 out of 10 Kansas drivers did not know the rules of the road and nearly 3 out of 10 were a hazard to other drivers. Kansas received awful marks for their driving and lack of knowledge.

I would think it's safe to say, in Kansas, "everybody else is a moron" driving.

dudesmithy 9 years ago

This city management can't win. Period.

People complain with the roads aren't cleared soon enough. People complain when to much money has been spent by the end of the winter.

Enough said.

-DS

born1980 9 years ago

Where I live in Topeka they seem to do just fine. Their attitude is closer to spend a little more and make things safer as opposed to wait until the last flake has fallen and then start clearing after the damage has been done.

justathought 9 years ago

went to a high school a mile from O'Hare Airport...our district's policy was--school closes when the airport closes.

Of course, O'Hare never closed.

I'm still bitter!

Thanks that made me laugh :)

monkeywrench1969 9 years ago

I went to school in western Kansas and we did go to school whether the bus could run or not. If they did not run the parents got the students to school that day not cancel the whole day.

osz 9 years ago

I have lived in some very snowy places--Cleveland, New York, New England--and Lawrence is by far the worst city I've seen when it comes to treating and clearing the roads. If our taxes aren't enough to pay for a plow to drive down 6th Street and other major arteries, then raise them or divert money from something else. There is no reason the major roads through the city have to be so hazardous. The city leadership is failing in one of its most important duties and putting thousands of commuters at unnecessary risk.

dviper 9 years ago

People, people, people:..calm down, don't you know we need more roundabouts and traffic circles to make traffic slower and safer. Spending money to clear the streets to make them safer doesn't make sense and is just plain silly. However, maybe the city commission should hire a consulting company to study this complicated situation.

CeeCee 9 years ago

...maybe the plows won't fit through the roundabouts.

do you think they will cancel school tomorrow??

kansasnative 9 years ago

CeeCee - You made me smile - They will cancel school ONLY if the plows can't get through the roundabouts. I hate those things. Also, how many of you were barefoot walking through 2ft of snow, 2 miles to school? My dad says he was barefoot in the snow and funny thing was....he only lived a block from it. I think he lied. :)

dudesmithy 9 years ago

I knew it had to happen. More whining about roundabouts. Get over it!

-DS

Ian Brown 9 years ago

thank you everyone who notices the correlation between the ultimate father/grandfather story of "I used to walk barefoot through 2 feet of snow on my way to school when I was your age" and some of the phonies on here who claim the quote/story like it's their own. haha. you people are funny, but I think my dad told it better than some of you who are trying to be serious about the "walking through two feet of snow" fable.

kansasnative 9 years ago

ibrown3; (I feel so grade school saying "My Dad's Story is Better Than Your Dad's Story) but you have to admit it is funny and SO urban legend...... My dad actually said he walked 2 miles, uphill, in the snow, barefoot.....CARRYING A TRUMPET. He went to Central Junior High and lived a block from there. I just ask him how he could afford a trumpet and not afford shoes and how many times he walked around the block to make it 2 miles. He swears his life was SO rough and believes this walking thing. (Why couldn't I go to school barefoot?) I can't even get my teenager to wear a coat.......

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