With 5 inclement-weather days, Lawrence school district unsure if makeup days will be needed

photo by: Nick Krug

Lawrence Public Schools district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.

The Lawrence school district doesn’t yet know whether students will need to make up time to meet state requirements after five inclement-weather days so far this year.

District spokeswoman Julie Boyle said via email Friday that many staff members had been out of the office with the back-to-back inclement-weather days on Thursday and Friday but that she would provide an update when that information became available.

“We tend to build more minutes than the state requires into our calendar, so it may not be an issue for us yet,” she wrote.

With a cold-weather day on Jan. 30, when the city saw subzero temperatures, the district was still in the clear because it had built in April 19 as a makeup day. Boyle said she didn’t yet know when staff would have “the math” done to determine whether more time would now be necessary.

She told the Journal-World last week that in the recent past, previous school boards have added minutes to the remaining days of the school year to make up time. However, the matter won’t come to the board before springtime “because we don’t yet know what the rest of the winter has in store,” she said Friday.

In the span of one week — from Jan. 30 through Wednesday — Lawrence saw weather ranging from sunshine to an ice storm, and temperatures ranging from minus 3 to 66 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.


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