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I've noticed students start in Lawrence public schools Aug. 13 and are out of school Dec. 18-19, prior to winter holidays. Why do they start school so early and release so early prior to Christmas? Why not put off start of school two days and have students start break Monday, Dec. 22?

Sandee Crowther, the district's executive director of planning and program improvement, said classes have started around Aug. 13 for the last two years. Classes are in session Dec. 18-19, although high school students only attend a half-day due to finals. Holiday break runs from Dec. 22 to Jan. 5. For more information, contact the district at 832-5000.

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