Archive for Monday, January 31, 2011

Closings and cancellations for Monday, Jan. 31, 2011

January 31, 2011, 5:45 a.m. Updated January 31, 2011, 3:21 p.m.


Here is a list of closings and cancellations for Monday, Jan. 31, 2011:


  • Central Junior High School boys basketball vs. Christian Prep — canceled, no reschedule date
  • Free State High School boys basketball vs. Harmon — canceled
  • Haskell Indian Nations University — closing at 11 a.m., all classes and evening activities canceled
  • Oskaloosa USD #341
  • Santa Fe Trail USD #434

Businesses and organizations

  • Carl Knox Natatorium — closed Monday evening


  • City of Lawrence indoor soccer, intramural basketball and hoopsters practices — canceled, other classes and fitness programs, including hoopsters games, on as scheduled
  • Kansas Chamber Annual Dinner — rescheduled for Feb. 22
  • Tonganoxie school board meeting — canceled
  • Tonganoxie city council meeting — rescheduled for Feb. 8


  • Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church — Monday food pantry and all evening activities canceled
  • St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church — all Atriums sessions and RCIA session canceled

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GuineaPigs 7 years, 1 month ago

They cancel school around here so easily!!

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 1 month ago

I disagree. And I'm not sure where you're comparing us to, but there are a lot of districts around here which serve very rural areas and the kids sometimes have up to a 20 minute drive to get/from school if they're driving themselves, or up to a 1 hr bus ride. The rural roads do not get priority when it comes to road treatments, so they can be dangerous.

Santa Fe Trail and Oskaloosa both cover almost excusively rural areas. Considering that K10 is (or was this morning, anyway) SHUT DOWN, I'm thinking these districts were making a good judgment call to avoid potential accidents and injuries. Safety has to be the first priority - you can't learn anything if you're dead.

GuineaPigs 7 years, 1 month ago

Not talking about the rural areas....talking about here in town.

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 1 month ago

GP, there are kids that attend the Lawrence schools that live in rural areas, too. Many of them from out on the far side of Clinton Lake, also near Lone Star, south of town in the Pleasant Grove area, etc. I used to live in a rural area of Douglas County but attended Lawrence schools, so I'm speaking from experience when I say that the rural roads are often not passable. Heck, our driveway wasn't even passable sometimes! We would have to park at the end of it and go up and down on the tractor. No joke.

Beth Bird 7 years, 1 month ago

West Franklin #287 is closed as well.

mom_of_three 7 years, 1 month ago

planned teacher work day though. Wonder what will happen tomorrow

lily 7 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence already has to make up at least one day, where are they going to make up any more? You know it will be canceled if we get anything close to what's predicted.

middlemgmt 7 years, 1 month ago

We don't have to make up anything yet. We can take one more day without make up but after that, we will.

PennyBrite 7 years, 1 month ago

will we have to make up actual "days" or will a few minutes be added to each day for the rest of the year to make up the time? Anyone know?

mfagan 7 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence actually had two days built into its schedule for "incelement weather" days, and those already will be used to make up for two days in which classes were canceled because of snow. The district canceled classes a third time, but that day won't be made up, because of state rules that give a district a "grace period" equal to the number of makeup days it has built into its schedule. Translation: The Lawrence school district still has another "free" day left to use, without having to make it up. Now, if the district needs to go beyond that fourth day, and cancels yet another one? That class time then would need to be made up. I'm told such time typically would get added onto the end of each remaining school day -- a few minutes each day, depending on how much time would need to be made up, and how many days would remain -- through the end of the year. I've written a few times about this in the past, including a recent entry in my daily "First Bell" column: We'll see how this latest storm situation develops... - Mark Fagan, schools reporter

mom_of_three 7 years, 1 month ago

They did it a few years ago, when my kids were still in grade school. The kids started a few minutes earlier and got out a few minutes later. Kind of a pain...

Heather Perry 7 years, 1 month ago

I think it's better to make up one day in the summer rather something terrible happen due to the weather!!!

fu7il3 7 years, 1 month ago

What does that really accomplish? Is that four minutes going to actually do anything?

lgreen17 7 years, 1 month ago

K-State closed at 8am this morning-- Advisories Advisory: Winter weather: The university is closed and classes are not being held.

Manhattan campus is closed Salina campus is closed Winter weather: The university is closed and classes are not being held. Essential employees who are involved with housing, care of animals and safety of students and campus facilities should report to work if possible. All other employees may stay home. Check this website periodically for updates.

K-State's inclement weather policy is online at

canusayduh 7 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for wasting my time to read this post! Really? I'm glad you're perfect.

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 1 month ago

Is Dunkin Donuts open on teacher work days?

Or just the days when the streets and sidewalks are dangerous?

applejuice 7 years, 1 month ago

JCCC has canceled classes for tonight!

madameX 7 years, 1 month ago

I was coming here to post that! And I was debating whether or not to go to my evening class. dilemma solved.

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