Lawrence Public Schools to resume classes Monday amid virus cancellations

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Lawrence Public Schools district offices, 110 McDonald Drive.

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Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis said in a Thursday message to parents and guardians that the school district would resume classes Monday.

But Lewis recommended keeping students home if they are sick or have chronic health conditions that put them at a high risk of illness. He said the school district will respect the decision of parents who choose to keep their children home for safety reasons.

“Please notify the school of these decisions. All absences for health and safety reasons will be excused,” Lewis said.

The school district is still discussing what to do about upcoming school activities and events. Lewis said the school will provide another update Monday.

“We are in communication with and continue to follow the guidance of our partners in public health and the Kansas State Department of Education,” Lewis said in the message to parents. “We will respond as recommendations change, and share those updates with you.”

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