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Area school districts cancel Wednesday classes

January 12, 2011, 12:00 a.m. Updated January 11, 2011, 9:59 p.m.


School district 464 in Tonganoxie has canceled classes for Wednesday, Jan. 12.

USD 341 in Oskaloosa has also canceled Wednesday's classes.

USD 458 in Basehor-Linwood has canceled Wednesday classes because of cold temperatures.

USD 342 in McLouth has canceled Wednesday classes.

Area road crews have been working around the clock to clear snow that fell during the past few days. Many roads are still snowpacked and many are slick in spots. The National Weather Service has also issued a wind chill advisory for the area as temperatures are expected to drop.

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Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

yes, your children certainly need to be driven around to participate in more donut eating and other retail excursions, because of the weather. So keep them out of school for two weeks. It doesn't matter if they fall behind.

alpha 7 years ago

I myself am a student of the lawrence school district, and the only reason I was happy for these last two snow days is because I don't have to stand at my bus stop for 20 minutes in the below freezing temperatures waiting for my bus with snow in my shoes. I was glad I didn't have to worry about frostbite anywhere on my body. I am glad to go to school most of the days but on days like the past two, I would never want to considering that I would probably have to go a block to my bus, through thick snow, and another block back to my house.

stopit 7 years ago

Hey Boston...If you read today's paper it states that the missed days will be made up. Don't worry they will not fall behind.

Bryan Mayes 7 years ago

Going back to the beginning, I certainly hope you are not as self righteous as it seems, and that by "our kids" you are referring to you and your spouse's. However my own judgement from your screen name leads me to believe I am probably wrong, and that you are reAlly attempting to speak on behalf of every parent in the area. I think it has become blatantly obvious that this is a matter of parents doing what they individually believe is acceptable and safe for their children. If YOU want to raise your children to be weak and scared of something as minuscule as some cold temperatures and wind, that is YOUR decision. No where in the "wind chill advisory" or whatever does it say, "hide your kids, hide your wife, because if you go outside, you will die". It simply advises those who want/need to venture outside to dress accordingly. Stop making it sound like your children's lives are in danger should they step outside. Almost everything in life involves risks, plan accordingly and the rest will happen. Or continue to shelter your kids from the outside world. 20 years from now they will be doing the same thing you are, using sick days to keep your grandkids home because it is cold, thus continuing the trend of the next generations becoming more and more weak. Now THAT is quality parenting!!!

Christine Davisson 7 years ago

great comment! I am all for sending my son to school today, and he walks. It will only make him a hardier snowboarder when we head out to CO in few weeks!!! woo hoo, go snow!

Sheila Hooper White 7 years ago

I was begining to believe I was wrong in my thinking. I'll admit maybe they should of been out Monday, but I believe they should of went yesterday and today. My child also has to walk. Thankfully today she won't have to b/c of work schedules but normally she would have to.

doc1 7 years ago

What weather? It's cold out. They make coats for this sort of thing. It's bright and sunny out and the streets are just fine. Stop the wussification of our children.

Randall Barnes 7 years ago

-20 wind chills my grand daughter is not going to walk.

snook3200 7 years ago

althought the larence public school system does not use a bus sysytem for allchildren and alot of them walk quite a ways to school and there is a frost bite warning, this is the price they pay. my child will not go anyways, the lawrece pubic school says you can keep your child home if you think their life is in danger. huh, is that what they went to college for to not care. either pay for a bus system so thesekids dont have to walk or cancel school. they cant hav their cake and eat it too.

CHKNLTL 7 years ago

The city should take the tax dollars away form empTy Bus and transport kids to school, for heaven's sake!

fearsadness14 7 years ago

grow up. In Minnesota, the windchill has been -40 and as long as the buses started up, classes were not cancelled.

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

I have no argument with this other than the fact that the Lawrence school district refuses to bus children. I had door to door bus service throughout the entire time I was growing up. Even then my parents would pile the kids into the car and wait with the heater on at the end of the driveway ( we had a very long driveway) until the bus showed up. Several years ago Lawrence refused to cancel classes when the weather was -4 with -14 windchill. Two siblings who went to Cordley got frostbite walking to school. Snow isn't the only weather related health hazard in this school district and they refuse to recognize it.

Arana 7 years ago

We don't have the same bus system as many of us grew up with. I have a sister 12 years my junior, my family lives in the exact same house that they did when I was her age. Funny story though, they drive her to school because the buses no longer picks her up. Some kids aren't even lucky enough to have parents to drive them and they have to make a blistering walk. It depends on what is safest for the children.

Henry_the_liberal 7 years ago

I agree, although in Wisconsin we did cancel school once for weather. The windchill was -70, though.

unklemonkey 7 years ago

looks like all that walking made somebody bitter..

John Kyle 7 years ago

I grew up in Kansas and I can't say I ever remember two feet of snow on the ground.

kernal 7 years ago

Hold on there, youngster. I really did walk four miles a day, but it was only one mile each way and we had to go home for lunch as there was no "lunch room" or cafeteria. There were also no school buses unless you lived out in the country.

When it was cold, I ran to keep warm. Of course when it snowed, it was more like sliding to and from school. During ice storms classes were cancelled.

Sunny Parker 7 years ago

It's no wonder the kids barely have a summer! Buck up!

jcesmom 7 years ago

They cancelled because of dangerous rural roads... WOW my dad lives on a rural road in Tonganoxie that is along one of the bus routes. My dad was out today and my brother who lives with my dad and works in Lawrence has been driving the rural roads to get to and from work yesterday and will do it again tomorrow..... Don't they understand that some people in the school system aren't salary and are paid hourly..... These employees have missed out on 3 days worth of pay now - how are they going to make this up since each school is allotted a certain amount of school days a year......

penguin 7 years ago

The days will not have to be made up because the snow days are built into the calendar. In fact, the district (464) has 7 or so built into the schedule. This is what happens with rural districts. Also driving a bus on a rural road is much different than other vehicles. It's better to be safe than sorry because even those who would say open the schools would probably sue if bad things happened to their kids when school was open during this weather.

abc5568 7 years ago

You are right. They build in extra time at the beginning and end of the day so they don't have to make up the snow days. I thought they had 10 days, but not sure if that is true or not.

Sunny Parker 7 years ago

Don't run the buses! Wusses! It's no wonder young workers have no work ethic.....Stop babying these kids!

Cait McKnelly 7 years ago

Wondering how you would feel if it were your kid who lost a few toes or fingers to frostbite.

LawrenceIScool 7 years ago

Its TOO cold to send kids to school. ARE YOU CRAZY?

Staci Dark Simpson 7 years ago

Its all fun and games and how tough you are until they find a first grader in a snow bank. Just saying. Glad some of you are tough guys that had to walk 4 miles backwards up hills in barefoot wearing your underwear. What do you want a Klondike bar?

Jamminalive 7 years ago

Holy Taledos!!! 11 below here right now....I don't know, I'm not afraid to start my car and drive to school...not sure if it's good for the little ones...though.

Jason Njoroge 7 years ago

Who cares if they cancel class 3 days in a row! Once they use up their allotted snow days they will tack those missed days on to the end of the school year! So chill out ppl!

Rae Smith Evans 7 years ago

I hope Lawrence schools are smart enough to close, but i doubt that they will for a 3rd day in a row. That would be very unusual. Most major districts have not yet announced closing. I'll be opting to keep my kids home tomorrow, but that's because we have to walk. Not going to happen.

Vinny1 7 years ago

Seriously? What a joke.

3 days off for this little bit of snow and "storm".

Hope none of you people ever go north. In Minnesota we would have had school every day this week. Of course the city also isn't dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to plowing roads, but still. This isn't even bad at all. It took 14 inches of snow and 35 mph winds to get school cancelled for ONE day this year.

alpha 7 years ago

Yeah but that is there. This is kansas, and while I may just be a student, I know a stupid comparison when I see it.

unklemonkey 7 years ago

agreed. pretty much no one cares how it was in whatever northern state you may have lived in. this is lawrence, kansas, and if you are not directly negatively affected by school being cancelled, there is no reason for you to be complaining.

Vinny1 7 years ago

Yes, it is Lawrence, KS. But it snows here every single year. It gets cold every single winter.

Canceling school for 3 straight days because of a little bit of snow and some cold is something they would do in Texas or Louisiana.

Some of you people are acting like you have never seen snow before. Its a joke.

tomatogrower 7 years ago

Yes, but then a couple of inches of snow can cancel schools in the south, because it's not normal. We spend less on snow removal than Minnesota, because sometimes we get snow, sometimes we don't. In Minnesota, they always get snow and cold weather. Everyone in Minnesota owns lots of cold weather gear, but in Kansas, families aren't really prepared for Minnesota cold. If Kansas weather was like Minnesota's every year, then we would be prepared, but why spend a lot of money on something that doesn't happen all the time? Just as why would Atlanta spend a lot of money on snow plows, if they hardly ever have snow?

mom_of_three 7 years ago

talk about being out of touch with reality.

justforfun 7 years ago

I know I could care less, and Im sure many others feel the same!!! Give it a rest already!!! Nobody cares if you take your kids to school or not.

Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

Yup, get those kids down to the donut shop quickly! They are sooo stranded today.

Boston_Corbett 7 years ago

Yup, get those kids down to the donut shop quickly! They are sooo stranded today.

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

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Sheila Hooper White 7 years ago

Yes it's cold! Should they cancel school.....again?? No. I don't believe they should of cancelled it the past two days. And before anyone says I don't have kids, I do....and she has to walk home. Not by choice but b/c her father and I both work. I don't think that makes us bad parents. They make hats, coats, gloves, etc. for a reason. Bundle up and go to school. If you don't want your child to go to school, it's your choice to keep them home. Some parents can't take off day after day. So don't bad mouth people just b/c they think school should be in session. Really people....get a life.

kernal 7 years ago

I agree with you as long as the kids are at least nine years old. I would be very uncomfortable with letting an unaccompanied six or seven year old walk more than four blocks to school on a morning like this.

Sheila Hooper White 7 years ago

I can see your point.

I'm just trying to say if you don't feel that they are safe don't send them. Some people can't take day after day off. Should they have some type of plan set up in case this does happen? Sure. But some just don't.

This is where people need to help eachother out. I think some assume others should know they need help, I can't read people's minds but if you ask I will try to help out. Because of the occupation I have it doesn't affect us. Ours usually just has to walk home. Today she won't have to since it's early release. Normally we wouldn't be able to pick her up and her and her friends walk home together.

Just tired of the whining and blaming.

mom_of_three 7 years ago

The roads were not great on Monday so I think it was the right decision to cancel on Monday. I go by LHS on the way to work and there would have been numerous accidents due to the roads and the snow. And 3-5 inches of snow is enough to cancel. Should they have cancelled yesterday? I don't know. There was a little bit more snow, but the roads were better. It was just bitter cold, as it is today. but I think Monday should have been cancelled.

Sheila Hooper White 7 years ago

Good point, also. It's about being safe and cautious of others if you do have to get out. There are some on here who just keep bad mouthing, when in reality it's their choice if they want to keep there kids at home. Some don't always have that option. And usually the ones complaining are the same ones to complain b/c they have to make up the time and it runs into vacation time.

People need to understand it's a tough decision to have to make. I have to make that decision all the time. I'm required to spend a certain amount of time outside with the kids, even if it is to hot/cold and I wouldn't take my own kids out. I've had parents ask me not to go out b/c they don't want sick kids. It's one of those win/lose situations. What do you do? I just go with my best judgment and it doesn't always please everyone but I'm doing what's best for the kids.

snoozey 7 years ago

I grew up in Kansas as well but was fortunate not to have to walk uphill to school. All I had to do in the mornings was to chop a watering hole in the pond ice, hay our cattle, feed the rest of the livestock then catch the bus for the hour ride from the farm to school.

CreatureComforts 7 years ago

Hey, anyone know if obamarocks' kids are going to be in school today?

Shardwurm 7 years ago

When I was in high school our principal said that the school would be open every day - snow or no snow. It was up to the parents to decide if their children should go to school or not.

There were cases where the buses didn't run, but if you could get to school it was open.

jcphawk 7 years ago

They'll probably be at home playing in the snow.

ryknow1976 7 years ago

Is news still breaking if it's 12 hours old?

anonyname 7 years ago

...or nearly 16 hours? Hey LJW, I get that you want it on the front page. It's probably a good idea. Past 9 or 10am, though, it's time to find another term instead of 'breaking' unless you have significant updates.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

It is cold and if kids walk to and from school or have to wait at a bus stop yes keep them home, and I do not know where everyone lives but I can tell you my road is still a mess andthe school is even worse. the plows did not get by here untill it was to late and the road was snow packed so the sand and salt are not doing anything because it is to cold. Kids from this house at school a little late but there all I know who ever decided the roads are in good shape have not really checked the side roads at all.

simpletrim 7 years ago

got in a good hour run this morning before work. dress for the weather and you'll be fine.

tomatogrower 7 years ago

Those who complain the most about "wimpy" children would probably be the first ones to sue the school if their kid got frostbite and lost a couple of toes. Many schools have to protect themselves from lawsuits all the time.

Christine Pennewell Davis 7 years ago

well picked kiddos up frooze to death waiting for them but every road i take to pick them up is a disaster snowpacked and slick sucked and i can feel my toes again. and for every one who will complain about spelling, no caps, or anything else get over it just wanted to be lazy and enjoy my poor toes.

friendlyjhawk 7 years ago

No parent has to send their child/children to school in weather they feel is dangerous to the kid/kids. So all you fools who have nothing else to do but hang out here writing crap and playing grammar and spelling monitor SHUT UP. Go be superior someplace else. LJW: shut these forums down, you are just encouraging stupid remarks and providing a place for idiots who think they are morally superior to others.

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