K-12 Education

K-12 education associations wary of Kansas bill mandating in-person classes in March

TOPEKA — Two influential K-12 education organizations in Kansas perked up when the Senate’s education committee agreed to dive into a bill mandating that in-person instruction resume by March 26 and forbidding local school boards from ever again shifting to online-only instruction for ...

Lawrence school board to hear annual report on building, equipment improvements

The Lawrence school district is planning for $22.5 million of building and equipment improvements during this school year and the next, according to the district’s capital improvement plan. During its meeting on Monday, the school board will hear a presentation about those plans as part of ...

Douglas County school virus guidance continues in green tier for second week

Douglas County’s school virus guidance will remain at its lowest tier for the second straight week as new cases of COVID-19 continue to fall. On Thursday, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that its guidance to schools would stay in the green tier, which recommends that schools ...

Kansas to focus on COVID-19 shots for teachers, school staff

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas will put a priority on vaccinating teachers and other school staff against COVID-19 so that K-12 students across the state can resume in-person classes as quickly as possible, Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday. The Democratic governor's announcement came a week after she ...

Weather-related closings, cancellations and delays for Tuesday, Feb. 16

Have a closing, cancellation or postponement to report? Please email it to closings@ljworld.com. Last updated: 5:41 a.m. Tuesday • The University of Kansas campus will be closed and all classes canceled. • Lawrence public schools will be closed, classes and school activities ...

Lawrence, other Douglas County schools cancel classes Tuesday

Schools across Douglas County have canceled classes for Tuesday because of extreme cold and the possibility for power disruptions caused by the weather. Lawrence Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, and all school activities are canceled, the district said. Schools will announce if or when ...

Lawrence school district students to learn from home on Monday

Lawrence school district students will be learning from home on Monday because of frigid temperatures, the school district announced Friday night. The district said in an email that the possibility for “sustained extreme temperatures and wind chills” led to the decision. Lawrence schools ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Bill would require Kansas schools to fully reopen next month

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas schools would be required to offer full, in-person instruction starting March 26 under a bill that was introduced Friday. Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson said in news release announcing the bill that students must not continue to "languish in virtual ...

Kansas state senator sponsors effort to ban transgender athletes from women’s sports

TOPEKA — Sen. Renee Erickson is advocating passage of a bill by the Kansas Legislature to forbid individuals declared male at birth who later transitioned to female from participating in women’s sports programs at the elementary, high school and college levels. Erickson, a Wichita ...

Lawrence superintendent proposes return to fully in-person learning next month

The Lawrence school district is working on a plan to bring students back to in-person learning five days a week by next month. Superintendent Anthony Lewis said Monday during a school board meeting that he is proposing that kindergarten through fifth grade students return to a full week of ...

Former KU assistant Clint Bowen named new head coach of Lawrence High football

Longtime Kansas assistant Clint Bowen will be returning to coach football in Lawrence, though this time he will do so at the high school level. Bowen, a Lawrence native who spent a total of 21 seasons on the coaching staff for the Kansas football program, was named the new head football coach ...

Lawrence school district to use remote learning Tuesday because of frigid weather

Students of the Lawrence school district will be learning from home for the next two days. The school district announced in an email that Tuesday would be a remote learning day for all students because of frigid temperatures in the forecast and "challenges with adequately heating all ...

Kansas House panel puts on lengthy, one-sided hearing against remote learning

TOPEKA — In a one-sided, two-and-a-half-hour “informational hearing” Wednesday, a parade of upset parents, children, outspoken doctors and lobbyists vented to Kansas legislators in the House K-12 Budget Committee their frustrations with the shortcomings of remote and hybrid ...