Archive for Monday, January 10, 2011

KU letting employees go home early, multiple evening activities and events in Lawrence canceled due to snow

Other agencies, events called off as well

Children around Lawrence and across northeast Kansas were left to play in the snow Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, after several inches of snow fell and led school districts to call off Monday classes. About three inches of snow had fallen by Monday morning with snow showers projected for the rest of the day.

Children around Lawrence and across northeast Kansas were left to play in the snow Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, after several inches of snow fell and led school districts to call off Monday classes. About three inches of snow had fallen by Monday morning with snow showers projected for the rest of the day.

January 10, 2011, 5:46 a.m. Updated January 10, 2011, 4:21 p.m.


Here is a list of school districts closed on Monday, January 10, 2011:

Events, daycares and organizations

  • City of Lawrence public utilities meeting — canceled
  • Dignified Doggies — sessions canceled
  • Dole Institute of Politics — closing at noon
  • Douglas County Senior Servies
  • Four Leaf Clover 4-H Club meeting
  • Green Mental Health at the Carnegie Building — rescheduled for Jan. 17, 2011
  • Googols of Learning — closing at 4 p.m.
  • Independence, Inc.
  • Kid's First Preschool
  • Lawrence Arts Center — All classes canceled Monday
  • Lawrence Civic Choir rehearsal
  • Lawrence-Douglas County Health Board meeting — rescheduled for Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Lawrence Gymnastic — No open gym or classes
  • Lawrence Gymnastics Parents Morning Out
  • Lawrence Parks and Recreation activities and programs — East Lawrence Recreation Center, Holcom Park Recreation Center, the Community Building and the Indoor Aquatic Center will close at 5 p.m. The Carl Knox Natatorium will not open for evening swim hours.
  • LMH's Build Your Village Support Group — cancelled this evening.
  • Meals on Wheels — No deliveries
  • Montessori Children's House
  • New York Elementary's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chili Feed (postponed to Jan. 18)
  • North Lawrence Improvement Association — meeting rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 17
  • Princeton Children's Center
  • St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium) sessions
  • Steps to Successfully Quitting Smoking — Cancelled this evening. Rescheduled to Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.
  • Stull Busy Beavers 4-H club
  • Theatre Lawrence — OPUS auditions canceled, Tuesday auditions to be held as planned
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #852 — closed
  • Weight Watchers in Lawrence, all meetings tonight canceled


  • Lawrence High School — ALL games and activities

School districts

  • Baker University evening classes in Kansas City and Topeka; no decision yet on Wichita classes
  • Baldwin USD #348
  • Basehor-Linwood USD #458
  • Bishop Seabury Academy
  • Bonner Springs USD #204
  • Corpus Christi Catholic School
  • De Soto USD #232
  • Eudora USD #491
  • Haskell Indian Nations University — campus closed at 11 a.m., evening classes canceled, 10 a.m. late start Tuesday, student registration 1 p.m. Tuesday
  • Kansas University — Edwards campus
  • Kansas University — Lawrence campus closing at 3 p.m. Overnight employees may arrive two hours late.
  • Lawrence USD #497
  • Lawrence Montessori School
  • McLouth USD #342
  • Perry-Lecompton USD #343
  • Pinnacle Career Institute
  • Prairie Moon Waldolf School
  • Ottawa Christian Academy
  • Ottawa USD #290
  • Oskaloosa USD #341
  • Raintree Montessori School
  • Santa Fe Trail
  • Shawnee Heights
  • St. John the Evangelist
  • Tonganoxie USD #464
  • Veritas Christian School
  • Wellsville USD #289

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Carol Braden 7 years, 4 months ago

Slow - very slow to post this information! All the Topeka and KC News websites had this information posted by 5:00 am.

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

Hey Cammie, You're right. We were a little late getting these up due to a phone system glitch. We have all the closings we know of now and are adding more as we get them.

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

Carol Braden 7 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for letting us know - sorry to complain

denak 7 years, 4 months ago

I just talked to First Student and they told me school was canceled in Lawrence but I don't see anything on here or the district web page.

fester0420 7 years, 4 months ago

McLouth # Perry-Lecompton

Santa Fe Trail Tonganoxie

musicheals 7 years, 4 months ago

....and today is January 10, but I'll go ahead and stay home on Wednesday the 20th too. ...

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for catching that. We did fix the date. Nearly wrote 2010 instead of 2011, too!

Deb Engstrom 7 years, 4 months ago

You always have the option of keeping your kids home, even when school is in session. Hopefully we won't have to miss 3 days -- and then figure out how to make them up.

denak 7 years, 4 months ago

Anyone know about Pinnacle in Lawrence?

Tricky Gnosis 7 years, 4 months ago

Pinnacle is always happy to take your money and get you out the door one day sooner. PCI won't cancel classes until KU does.

ScottyMac 7 years, 4 months ago

Yeah. I wonder if that's the reason why Pinnacle's job placement is higher than KU's?

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 4 months ago

....and the typical snow-talk bitch session commences.

....on deck, the sidewalk snow-removal saga.

Dover 7 years, 4 months ago

Ugh. Have you ever worked as an editor? I would venture to guess no. The way the demand for news online is today, there are going to be mistakes. Good news is, they are fixable -- unlike in print. And I can reckon that the World is already operating with a less-than-ideal size of staff, considering the effect of the economy on newsrooms nationwide.

I'm sure you've never made a mistake in your job, though, or mistakenly sent out an email at work that included a typo?

SnakeFist 7 years, 4 months ago

You have a "right" to walk on cleared sidewalks? Really? What is the source of that right? You're nothing but a busybody.

Alceste 7 years, 4 months ago

A paid day off for the "educators" due to these blizzard like conditions. Incredible.

Sasquatch87 7 years, 4 months ago

If you are just trolling then whatever. Otherwise you obviously don't really understand how teaching contracts work. They are contracted to work a certain number of days a year with student contact. On snow days no teacher gets paid. They are expected to add that day to the end of their contract year or they would never receive pay for it. While some districts "build in" days they still have to put in the time to get paid.

Alceste 7 years, 4 months ago

so it's a paid day off......shrug......

People DO forget, however, that "teachers" work on contract for a set number of days. Teachers do NOT work a full year in any way, shape, or form. Every month there is one excuse after another NOT to work....just as an example this month....why there is Jefferson Davis' birthday on Jan. 17 and the good Lord knows we're going to spend all month learning about Jefferson Davis instead of reading, writing, and arithmatic.

Kansas is so backwards that the state ranks UNDER that of Latvia, Poland, Japan, etc. in the percentage of students performing at the advanced level in math proficiency ( see: and also ).

Some kid out of college with a simple simon "master's degree" from K-State can start working for the Baldwin School District at $42k per annum.....I mean for the number of days in the contract. Life is bad. Boo hoo.

Dick and Jane need to be attending school today....and they need to be there from 8 - - -5. Plus, these schools need to be educating 12 months a year.

thelonious 7 years, 4 months ago

Wow...chip on shoulder much? My wife is a "teacher" (as you so eloquently put it), when school is in session, with classroom time and grading of assignments at home, etc., her "work" "weeks" regularly run 60 hours, so I have added it up and she puts in more than 2080 hours a year (that, for your benefit, is 40 times 52, which is what a "non-teacher" in a regular private job would "work"), but her hours are compressed in to a 10-month calendar. So the bottom line is, those two months "off" in the summer are much needed, and oh, by the way, many teachers, my wife included, use most of their "summer vacation" working on an advanced degree or other form of continuing "education"

If you think being a teacher is so sweet, then you should get an education degree and jump to it, froggy!

Alceste 7 years, 4 months ago

Boo Hoo: OWN IT: It is NOT no "10-month calendar....". It's more like 8 when one factors in all the holiday days and "break days". It's a cushion job which is doing a gross disservice we're all going to be paying for eventually: The feminization of boys is every where. The "system" is NOT open to hiring men (just like the social welfare system), even though both pay fine lip service to WANTING to hire men.....they don't if anything is dangling.

Nah, we're gonna get what we deserve from our under educated youth. Read the articles I posted and possibly try to be less emotive about the matter: Class size and budget don't seem to be the real determining factors. Check out what the state of Mass. has done.....

Sasquatch87 7 years, 4 months ago

Again you don't seem to understand. If the first day of summer break is May 25th and today is a snow day. Then you are swapping days. Again no one is getting paid today. And obviously getting a masters in education and knowing your content area in enough depth to teach it is simple. That's why I'm sure you could step in and teach my biology class no problem. And anyone who thinks that a sixteen year old let alone a nine year old can sit and learn for nine hours has never tried to make that happen. Keep in mind most of the countries you are going to compare us to do not count score from students with learning disabilities because they tier their systems. So you are comparing apples to oranges.

Alceste 7 years, 4 months ago

I know what I am comparing. Kansas needs to be more like Massachusetts: Demanding meaningful outcomes from everyone in the school building.

We still fixate on inputs---such as how much money we are pouring into the system or how small our class sizes are....and wind up with little to show for it: Since the early 1970's, we doubled the amount of money we spend per pupil Nationwide, but our high-schoolers' reading and math scores have barely budged.

Teaching is failing....students aren't.

Scott Morgan 7 years, 4 months ago

Here we go again. Kansas outscores Massachusetts in outcomes of students. Kansas on the whole comparing apples to apples has better schools than NY too.

You are correct Alceste, Kansas schools are a bargain.

Alceste 7 years, 4 months ago

No, Kansas does NOT outscore least not in math and neither does New York. read it and weap....if you dare.....

Kansas "teachers" have failed to even keep up with the most marginal of states. 67% of Kansas' budget is aimed at "education". Where is it going? It sure isn't producing "world class"....or even mediocre class......students.....

Scott Morgan 7 years, 4 months ago

you can dance in the streets when those "educators" make up this day in April.

I've driven buses before, not much fun. Take a extended seat Blue Bird on a country route sometime. Not easy, but on ice can test your deodorant.

JayhawksandHerd 7 years, 4 months ago

Aha! I knew we couldn't make it through this thread without someone bitching about teachers! Thanks for not letting me down!

pace 7 years, 4 months ago

The Lawrence campus is OPEN. Then I hope someone closes 13th, 14th. street hills or at least of a video of the accidents.

4chewnut 7 years, 4 months ago

Why did KU not implement the Inclement Weather policy?

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

KU is currently on winter break, but while the Edwards campus is closed, the Lawrence campus is still open. If they close, we'll let you know!

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

4chewnut 7 years, 4 months ago

Whitney - I understand, but the inclement weather policy for the university applies to staff when winter weather is likely to cause travel problems. Seems like it should have been implemented for staff safety. And still should be!

farmgirl 7 years, 4 months ago

They just sent out a text message that the inclement weather policy is in effect starting at 3:00.

hail2oldku 7 years, 4 months ago

Without looking I believe you have - Franklin, Johnson, Jefferson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Jefferson, Osage, Shawnee and Leavenworth.

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for catching that. I've added them to the list.

Carol Braden 7 years, 4 months ago


I'd have to say after my early complaint about ljworld being slow to post cancellations, your replies to everyone have been very polite and professional. I'm sure that isn't easy. I've seen some pretty hateful and accusatory posts on ljworld. So, kudos to you. Keep up the good work. Thanks!

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

I appreciate the compliment, Cammie, and thanks for being a part of the website! Feedback is always welcome.

gsxr600 7 years, 4 months ago

KU is letting staff go home early at 3

"Inclement policy in effect at 3. Non-emergency staff may leave 2 hrs early. Shift workers may arrive 2 hrs. late."

Heather Perry 7 years, 4 months ago

so hows school closing lookin for 2moro?

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

So far the only closing we have for tomorrow is Haskell, which is implementing a late start on Tuesday. We'll start a new story with closings for Tuesday if we start getting any. Make sure you sign up for text and email alerts, so you're first to know:

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

I hope you're at home enjoying biscuits and gravy today and not working.

mseybold 7 years, 4 months ago

All Lawrence Parks and Recreation evening classes are cancelled too. Not just morning classes. Recreation Centers are closing early as well.

otto 7 years, 4 months ago

I don't think you understand, probably never will.

Alceste 7 years, 4 months ago

Rich! Many, many, many of the regular posters do so from their "work computers" up on that hill. Yup....KU keeps a person so busy they have all day to comment on the gossip site....

Sunny Parker 7 years, 4 months ago

obamarocks ...sounds like you are raising a bunch of mambi pambi kids! I would almost bet they were outside playing in the snow today. If not, you are worse than I thought. And instead of griping about the sidewalks....why don't you get out and shovel a might do you some good!


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