K-12 Education

Baldwin City 4th grader wins pandemic-altered 2021 county spelling bee

Gabe Steadham, who finished eighth in last year's Douglas County Spelling Bee, channeled his competitive drive to win this year's contest — a different kind of bee that was held entirely online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center fourth grader ...

Student arrested at Shawnee high school with gun in backpack

SHAWNEE — A high school student in the Kansas City, Kan., suburb of Shawnee was found with a handgun in his backpack at school, police and school officials there said. The gun and other contraband were found by Shawnee Mission Northwest High School staff Thursday morning in a search of the ...

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 ...