Archive for Thursday, February 21, 2013

KU, Lawrence among schools closed on Friday; other activities canceled

February 21, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Updated February 21, 2013, 5:26 p.m.


Area schools have canceled classes on Friday because of Thursday's snow storm. They are:

• Baldwin public schools.

• Basehor-Linwood public schools.

• All Baker University campuses.

• Bishop Seabury Academy in Lawrence.

• Century School in Lawrence.

• Eudora public schools.

• Googols of Learning Child Development Center.

• Haskell Indian Nations University. All offices will be closed.

• Hilltop Child Development Center.

• Kansas University's Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Only weather-essential employees should report to work on Friday. And the third-shift custodial staff should not report to work Thursday night.

• KinderCare Learning Center.

• La Petite Academy.

• Lawrence Free State High School's forensics invitational has been canceled on Friday. However, a decision about whether to cancel the Saturday tournament will be made Friday afternoon.

• Lawrence Montessori School

• Lawrence public schools.

• Lawrence Free State Chess Club's tournament at the Kansas Union on Saturday has been canceled.

• McLouth public schools.

• Oskaloosa public schools.

• Ottawa public schools.

• Perry-Lecompton public schools.

• Prairie Moon Waldorf School in Lawrence.

• Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence.

• Santa Fe Trail public schools.

• Tonganoxie public schools.

Other cancellations/closings on Friday

• VFW dinners on Friday and Saturday nights are canceled.

• Just Food is closed.

• Haskell Indian Nations University's Health Center is closed.

• Lawrence Public Library is closed. (Caddy Stacks adult party at old library will be held.)

• Final Friday is canceled.

• Lawrence Parks and Recreation morning classes are canceled.

• The Douglas County District Court will be closed Friday.

• The Douglas County Courthouse will open at 9:30 Friday.

• The Senior Center will be closed, and Senior Wheels transportation will not run.

• Douglas County Dental Clinic will be closed Friday.

• Douglas County Senior Services' Senior Meals are canceled on Friday.

• Independence Inc. will be closed Friday.

• All Friday classes at the Arts Center are canceled. However, the arts center will be open for guest productions JIST One Wild & Precious Life and University Dance Company.

• Lawrence Massage's open house on the lower level of The Eldridge, 701 Massachusetts St., has been postponed to 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.

• The City of Lawrence Transit Service will operate the fixed route bus service on a late start, beginning at 10 a.m. The paratransit service will begin at 6 a.m. for regularly scheduled dialysis patients.

• Ballard Community Services will be closed Friday.

• Community Living Opportunities center will be closed Friday and there will be no CLO Curbside recycling service for the day.

• A U.S. Postal Service representative said attempts were made to deliver the mail on Thursday and full service is planned on Friday.

• Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates will be closed Friday.

• City sanitation workers will work Friday to pick up trash not collected on Thursday because of the snow.

• All executive branch state offices in Kansas will delay opening until 10 a.m. on Friday.

• St. John's fish fry cancelled Friday.


LogicMan 1 year, 2 months ago

With all this free time, are the students out en masse clearing snow for their neighbors, schools, churches, etc.? If not, it's time to prod them!


Molly Murphy 1 year, 2 months ago

Final Fridays has not issued a cancellation. Several venues will still host events or be open tomorrow including The Invisible Hand Gallery, Wonder Fair, SeedCo Studios, Pachamamas, and The Lawrence Art Party. We hope to have a full list of open spaces soon. -Molly Murphy, Final Fridays Coordinator


sunny 1 year, 2 months ago

Are City Offices open on Friday?


Old_Oread_Phart 1 year, 2 months ago

This is A LOT of snow. Before the whining begin, it will take a lot more than 24 hours to make a decent dent on the residential streets.


irvan moore 1 year, 2 months ago

shoot, i wanted to go see the opening of waynes space at the art center


elliottaw 1 year, 2 months ago

The city could really benefit by being in someone (the does transportation) to help them build a better clearing schedule, because the one they have now is terrible, as small as lawrence is more of these streets should be clear, you can treat roads and plow at the same time.


ku2020 1 year, 2 months ago

Any chance you think KU will close for a second day?


CardHawkFan 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm game for more! In the infamous words of Joe Swanson...Bring it on!!!


Keith Richards 1 year, 2 months ago

Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406

Snow Update: February 21, 1 p.m.

(Lawrence, Kan.) - As of 1 p.m. today, city crews have transitioned over to plowing operations. This morning, crews worked to battle the heavy snow by treating main roadways with a salt/sand mixture. The City of Lawrence received approximately 7.5 inches of snow in a five hour period. Now that the snow has slowed, crews will focus on plowing operations.

Crews will begin by plowing main thoroughfares and streets leading into those main roadways. Crews expect to move into residential areas overnight and work throughout the night plowing residential areas. Crews will also begin cleaning up and hauling away snow in downtown Lawrence early Friday morning.

Additional city crews from Parks and Recreation and Utilities have been called in to assist as well as private contractors. There is a potential for another two-to-three inches of snow today still in the Lawrence area.

"It is still critical that people don't get out in their vehicles in this snow if they absolutely don't have to," said Megan Gilliland, communications manager. "Getting a vehicle stuck slows down the snow operations and makes the process take longer overall."

For more information, visit


Keith Richards 1 year, 2 months ago

Lawrence will be interesting. I haven't left my house because there is 10-12" inches on my street and 2 stranded cars. If the plows have to keep on the major streets because of more snow, there will be no way all the side streets get plowed.


Bobbi Reid 1 year, 2 months ago

There's no way I'll be able to get out of my driveway and I live in girls will be staying home tomorrow, regardless of whether or not Lawrence closes.


cheeseburger 1 year, 2 months ago

I can't imagine many of the rural gravel roads being very passable by personal vehicle or school buses tomorrow, especially if the additional 3-5 inches materializes this evening.


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