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Lawrence school board to decide how to make up time lost to snow; classes, activities likely to resume Thursday

February 2, 2011, 1:25 p.m. Updated February 2, 2011, 5:42 p.m.

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Lawrence school board members will be assigning extra time in schools for students, teachers and staffers.

The only question now is when.

By the end of the month, board members will be expected to either lengthen school days or lengthen the school year to make up instructional time lost while students and employees were told to stay home Wednesday because of snow.

The four days that Superintendent Rick Doll already had called off classes earlier this year either will be made up as previously scheduled or not made up at all, thanks to latitude granted by state education officials.

But from Wednesday on out, any school time lost to weather delays or cancellations must be made up. And that either could be through additional minutes tacked onto each remaining school day, or by affixing a day or days onto the end of the academic calendar.

Mother Nature likely will have a say as well.

“If this is the only one (makeup) day, it’s easier to make the decision to add minutes onto the school day,” said Mark Bradford, the board’s vice president. “If there’s several more, I’d say, ‘Forget that; let’s look at a day or days to make that up.’ ”

The board’s chance to decide whether to cut into after-school afternoons or shorten summer vacation likely will come during one of two remaining meetings this month: Feb. 14 or Feb. 28, Doll said.

Bradford is looking forward to hearing what Doll recommends.

“It’s a matter of talking with staff to see what’s best for kids,” Bradford said.

Doll, for his part, spent part of his day Wednesday checking snow and ice conditions at several schools’ parking lots and sidewalks.

He plans for classes and activities to be conducted as scheduled Thursday.

“I think so,” he said. “The side streets are clear, and staff’s done a good job clearing the parking lots and sidewalks. I think we should be good to go, unless something happens.”

Doll noted that snow had shown up in the forecast again, this time for Monday.

“We can’t catch a break,” he said.

Comments

Scott Morgan 3 years, 2 months ago

blah.......The score of 22 is the average Kansas high school students scored last year. No, 22 is not writing your name, in fact will get you into KU. To score a 22 suggests the student has a good understanding of Mathematics and Science. Guess those creationists Science teachers libs imagine behind every tree couldn't convince our youth.

The point is a poster blatantly lied for some reason about the quality of the Kansas Education System. (maybe ignorance and repeating what they heard) We can do better as a state too, but let's not put falsehoods out as fact.

Kansas has always put a high value on education and the fact people keep belching conservatives are anti education is silly.

I also get a big hoot out of the Kansas As Bigoted As You Think. Travel Kansas and check this stupid myth.

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blahblahblah 3 years, 2 months ago

Uhh, don't students score an 18 (out of a possible 36) if they spell their names correctly? I'm not sure that a 22 will get any student admitted to a private university. Let's praise mediocrity.

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Scott Morgan 3 years, 2 months ago

Have a seat Alceste, gonna drop a measurable figure on you. Kansas students averaged 22 on the ACT which is a college placement test last year.

Which state is Kansas behind mi amigo?

Take a bow Kansas teachers!

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Randall Barnes 3 years, 2 months ago

UHHHH hello at my job as well as many other places we work on saturday.what is wrong with scheduling make up days on a saturday. ohhh wait lawrence is raising a bunch of wimps.

students cant say the pledge coaches cant discipline players on and on

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GardenMomma 3 years, 2 months ago

I hope they just extend the school year by a extra day.

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Alceste 3 years, 2 months ago

Kansas (Lawrence included) children are so far behind with respect to their performance (educationally) when compared to other places, what's the big deal? Let's just forget the "lost" days. They wouldn't have accomplished much anyway.....

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bigmike 3 years, 2 months ago

I would like to see wasted Wednesdays stop being wasted! I have had 2 children that have already graduated and have a seventh grader still in the system, I have never liked the short day on Wednesdays! As a single parent that works a full time job it has been a major pain trying to cordinate transportation!!

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LadyJ 3 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully they won't do every other Wednesday like they did in the beginning, it was hard to remember which Wednesday it was.

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dennisr 3 years, 2 months ago

Wednesday is a very logical solution. Plus the district needs to start looking at how many scheduled days off there are in the middle of winter. Maybe take a few of those away! You know school is out too often when your children start complaining about the fact they don't have school...yet again another day. This is above and beyond the snow days, because I do agree that safety must come first and foremost.

I just feel there are too many scheduled days off that the district should take advantage of, along with eliminating "early-out" on Wednesdays. It could serve as a money-saving venture as well. If "early-out" was eliminated, the school year could be shortened, saving on the district's utiitiy bills and busing expenses just to name a few.

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Bobbi Reid 3 years, 2 months ago

However, I do agree with making up the time on Wednesdays because even the teachers think it's a waste of time at the end of the day to add 5 minutes..Nothing can be taught in that time.

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Bobbi Reid 3 years, 2 months ago

I think that the schools that don't have drive ways should be considered too. My kids have to get out on the street and then walk through the snow to get to the sidewalk. Not to mention that anything that has melted will be frozen again in the morning making for a slick walk to school for many kids and the windchills are gonna be super cold too.

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lunchlady 3 years, 2 months ago

The bottom line is safety first. If school has to be closed to ensure the safety of staff and children that should be the main concern and concentration. Wind chills need to be taken in to consideration for the children waiting at the bus and the children that walk.

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FieldTested 3 years, 2 months ago

Let's add a Saturday in April. Tacking on 5-6 minutes to the day satisfies the law, but does nothing to increase student learning. And extending the school year disrupts summer schedules, as well as extending the school year into a time much more likely to incur added expense to cool the schools.

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Jeanne Cunningham 3 years, 2 months ago

How many Wednesdays are left until the end of the school year? Stretch them out to normal school closing time for as many as needed to compensate. Solve two problems at once!!!

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