Lawrence high schools’ days to start earlier, end later to make up for inclement weather days

Lawrence High School, left, and Free State High School are pictured on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

After seven inclement-weather days and a delayed start day, Lawrence’s high schools will have to make up time for the remainder of the year, the district announced Wednesday.

Altogether, each day will be 28 minutes longer.

District spokeswoman Julie Boyle has previously told the Journal-World that the district must meet a quota of instructional minutes, in accordance with state requirements.

First bell is usually at 8:05 a.m.; beginning Monday, March 25, that will shift to 7:52 a.m. On Wednesdays, the first bell is usually at 9:05 a.m.; that will shift to 8:52 a.m. for the rest of the year.

Last classes will be dismissed at 3:25 p.m., rather than 3:10 p.m., all days but Wednesday, when sixth period will let out at 2:45 p.m. rather than 2:30 p.m.

Zero hour classes that usually start at 7 a.m. will start at 6:47 a.m.

The district has posted complete bell schedules for Free State and Lawrence high schools and Lawrence College and Career Center on its website,

Elementary and middle school schedules still meet the minimum number of minutes and will not change, Boyle said via email.


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