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Can you give a simple explanation of what the Lawrence Virtual School is and why so many cars and people are needed there all day?

Here’s the word from Julie Boyle, communications director for the Lawrence school district: As the state’s largest virtual school environment, serving 1,365 students in grades K-11, the Lawrence Virtual School and Lawrence Virtual High School support students and families via online learning in homes and schools throughout Kansas. The Virtual School also provides support services on a regular basis from its home base at the former Wakarusa Valley School, 1104 W. 1000 Road. “Students and their families attend a variety of activities in person, such as clubs, recreation, counseling, speech services, technology training and other school-related learning experiences,” said Keith Wilson, principal of the virtual schools. More than a dozen employees also work on-site. “School administrators, registrars, financial and clerical support staff and technology team members report to the Wakarusa Valley facility every day to serve students and families and to complete the necessary record keeping to ensure accountability to the state of Kansas and USD 497,” Wilson said. The public may find additional information about the Lawrence virtual schools at LawrenceVS.org.

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