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Lawrence schools get another snow day

December 8, 2005, 9:48 p.m. Updated December 9, 2005, 9:12 a.m.


After taking a snow day Thursday, some schools in the area, including Lawrence public schools, announced Thursday night they plan to cancel classes again for today.

"Were going to call school for Friday," said Julie Boyle, Lawrence Public Schools' information officer. "It's basically because of extreme temperatures and because of trouble with the rural roads. So for the safety of our kids, they're going to get a snow day on Friday. "

The temperature this morning was minus 13 degrees, with the windchill factor making it seem like 23 degrees.

The following other schools will not have class on Friday:

¢ USD 464 Tonganoxie.

¢ USD 434 Santa Fe Trail announced that school at Carbondale will be closed Friday due to a boiler malfunction. All other schools in the Santa Fe Trail School District will remain open.

¢ USD 458 Basehor-Linwood,

¢ Veritas Christian School

¢ Raintree Montessori

¢ The Lawrence Catholic School

¢ Head Start

¢ Sunshine Acres Montessori School

¢ Lawrence Arts Center Preschool

¢ Montessori Children's House

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angie99 12 years, 5 months ago

Eudora has School, why doesn't everybody else?

superduper 12 years, 5 months ago

Rural my a$$. 95% of the kids in 497 live within 1 mile of their respective school. I don't know what causes such stupidity. Probably the same thing that causes people to drive so poorly. It will cost me $200+ to keep my kid home. Yea I love to stay home with her don't get me wrong but that's 1/4 of my house payment or should I say 1/100th of my superbush inflated property taxes. I think pussywillows rather than pansies but it's your opinion offtotheright :))

sd123 12 years, 5 months ago

Our society has been raising a batch of pansies (or pussywillows), for the past 30 years. So stop yer whining! Either prepare for these types of days or take your losses. You could get a highschooler to watch your kid for $20 and a pizza. good grief!

Becky Finger 12 years, 5 months ago

i'm for one am happy that they cancelled classes cause i have to travel outside for every single class. it's not fun doing it when it's just cold outside. i understand where sum of you guys are coming from but there are schools(such as veritas)where students do have to walk from class to class outside. give sum of us a break.

wysiwyg69 12 years, 5 months ago

To all that complain, remember your feelings the next time you vote

Steve Jacob 12 years, 5 months ago

5 in. of snow, that ended at 3am. And it was SO cold yesterday, yet I saw hundreds of kids sledding yesterday. I say because it was a friday, they cancelled school.

Nikki May 12 years, 5 months ago

I'm guessing it's because it's Friday too. This sucks and now I don't want to go to work! And the kid complaining about going outside, it's like what a minute that you go out? wow, I'll bet you go out later. And, if it's because you go to veritas, then veritas can cancel. I mean, they are seperate from the public schools.

Bobbie Ward-Hinds 12 years, 5 months ago

Ummm...yeah...I've been in Iowa for 9 years now and the weather you're having is NOTHING compared to ours. Extreme cold? I took my son to school on Wednesday and it was -16. Yesterday it was -13 and the roads weren't cleared at all after another overnight snowfall, 30 mph maximum and we didn't even have a delay let alone all day out! If we got out every day when it was 'extreme' cold our kids would be going to school until August.

To the kid who has to walk outside between classes - put a hat and coat on for crying out loud and suck it up.

Ragingbear 12 years, 5 months ago

We got out of school.. No more school today. YAY! Now we get to stay home, and turn our parents lives completely upside down because for some strange reason, their bosses expect them to actually work when it snows.

YAAAAY Soap operas are softcore porn today, and are on in the middle of the day! YAAAAY.

usaschools 12 years, 5 months ago

I teach and I wish we had school today. Granted, after the first unneeded snow day it would have amounted to a babysitting session, but the roads were not that bad, it wasn't hard to walk to work, and I'll need to go in anyway to get prepared for next week.

I have to agree with the previous posters, we are raising a nation of wimps that will be out of touch with nature. I wouldn't object if the buildings had heat, it is freezing in the elementary schools, but I don't see the need to cancel.

Merry 12 years, 5 months ago

It sounds to me like the main concern of parents is they won't be getting free babysitting today. That's too bad that you will have to take care of your responsibilities. I guarentee 75% of teachers will go in today to get work done.

craigers 12 years, 5 months ago

Come on legolette, veritas students have to walk what, say 30 yards to their classroom? Grab a coat. Work doesn't close down and if kids can't make it then it should be an excused absense. Don't cancel class 2 days in a row unless it is like the ice storms we have had in the past where even salting the roads did nothing for them. Now that was dangerous. I agree with others above, pansies. However when in school I sure did like the day off even if it wasn't warranted.

oxandale 12 years, 5 months ago

i hate to ask, but what is a veritas student??

dviper 12 years, 5 months ago

Good grief! Who exactly is making these dumb decisions?

Guess where a lot of the kids are that aren't in school? They are outside playing and sledding, or shopping at Target or Wal-mart with their parent. I guess it isn't too cold or dangerous for those activities.

myunitedstatesofWHATEVA 12 years, 5 months ago

stop being a bunch of babies good god.. find some neighbor kid who doesnt have school promise him a couple bucks and go to effing work.. yes im a freshmen and extremely excited to have a snow day.. its break for the kids who have to go to school at 7 and leave at 6 because of school activities.. no not everyone does that but think do we really want people driving on icy roads with children in the back? car crashes are the leading killer of teenagers and in extreme conditions like this.. we want them to drive to school? and for the person that said nobody lives out in the country.. think about south junior high and the kids from wakarusa.. most of them live out in the country and south has a lot of kids from wakarusa so really all you crazy old people should shut up go to work and stop effing complaining!

mom_of_three 12 years, 5 months ago

"For the safety of our kids..."
I thought the kids could have went to school, but the school district decided against it. Doesn't make the kids pansies, wimps or anything else. And for some schools, the majority of students live more than a mile away. An overwhelming majority of ex-Prairie Park students who now go to South live more than a mile away, if not all of them.
Lots of things are different now than when we grew up - no seatbelt laws, carseat laws, and the drinking age was 18

pepper_bar 12 years, 5 months ago

when i was a kid in Lawrence, we very rarely got snow days. i can never remember "extreme cold" being a reason we got a day off. Lawrence is indeed teaching its kids to be wimps.

myunitedstatesofWHATEVA 12 years, 5 months ago

lawrence is not teaching the kids to be wimps.. lawrence is teaching them to be responsible and safe.. so the future of america wont grow up with a war-crazed president but rather someone who can find an alternative to killing our fellow americans

Merry 12 years, 5 months ago

when did the world become so angry about people having a couple of days off to enjoy the winter? when did we all become so jealous and jaded that we have to complain about children being given time to go sled and shop with their moms? when i drove by Perry Park yesterday and saw all the kids sledding it brought a smile to my face. i sure hope that i am not the only one out there who feels this way.

badger 12 years, 5 months ago

I think snow days are grand. They're an unexpected holiday, kind of like someone sending you a card that says, "Hey, sorry I missed your birthday," three months late with fifty bucks in it. You appreciate the randomness of it more than you would have appreciated it at a time when you were expecting it.

I think that there should be three or four snowdays a year. Most places I've worked would accomodate you if you needed to work from home or rearrange your schedule due to a snow day, though, so I've never had to face the situation of it costing hundreds of dollars for a snow day.

Partially, I wonder if 'extreme cold' wasn't another way of saying 'it's really expensive to heat the buildings on a day like this with kids going out and coming in all the time, and if we cancel school we can crank the heat down some and save a few bucks on the exorbitant cost of heating from -13 to 75.' I imagine that as fuel prices go up, 'extreme cold' will become a more frequent reason to cancel school.

At least, that's why they cancel school due to 'extreme cold' in Texas, in addition to the fact that in a portable building (Lawrence schools are still using those, right?), no amount of turning up the thermostat will realistically keep the classroom temperature above 50 when it's below zero out there. If it's cost-prohibitive or just plain impossible below a certain temperature to keep the building warm enough for students to concentrate on classes, then I think that temperature is a good enough reason to cancel.

J Good Good 12 years, 5 months ago

Haven't you noticed that almost everything makes some people angry on these boards?

myunitedstatesofWHATEVA 12 years, 5 months ago

thank god someone agrees with me (badger and merry)

robinrander 12 years, 5 months ago

In Topeka, when I was in school, we never had snow days. The school district thought it was safer to hold school but allow parents to opt out of sending the kids under the rationale that some parents didn't have any place to send the kids if school got cancelled. Sucked as a kid, but seems a lot better idea than cancelling school every other day, as Lawrence schools seem to do.

And I went to Topeka West, which has an open campus. I walked outside between every class. They just told us to dress in layers and be sure to bring heavy coats.

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