Allie Lippe-Mackey likes her Lawrence High School students to learn by doing. So rather than just quiz them on planets, she had them build a whole solar system.
COVID-19 in K-12 Schools
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Kansas public schools without a mask mandate report COVID-19 illnesses at more than four times the rate of schools where a face covering is required.
A federal vaccine advisory panel on Tuesday recommended authorizing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a decision that means as soon as next week everyone in the United States over age 5 is expected to be eligible for a shot.
A lawsuit filed by parents of children subjected to the Shawnee Mission School District’s mask mandate Tuesday evolved into a Kansas Supreme Court debate about due process rights, separation of powers, legislative authority and judicial independence.
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A student-led suicide prevention program has taken root at high schools in the Lawrence school district. Using peer leaders and adult advisers, Sources of Strength is a program focusing on suicide prevention and other issues teens face, including substance abuse and violence.
The Lawrence school board on Monday heard from several administrators with updates on student behavioral and mental health, restorative practice and more. It also approved the district’s first contract with PAL-CWA.
The Lawrence school board on Monday will receive an update on behavioral incidents, restorative practices and more from the first quarter, plus consider ratifying a contract with the district’s hourly employees.
The Lawrence school district reported 13 new COVID-19 cases among students Wednesday — the most reported cases in a single day during the first nine weeks of the school year. Meanwhile, the district is preparing to help roll out vaccines for those 5-11 years old.
Craig McCauley, West Middle School choral music director, has been honored as the Lawrence school district’s Teacher of the Year for secondary schools.
Three Lawrence high schoolers were honored at the school board’s Monday meeting for being selected to attend the noon Lawrence Rotary Club’s 2021 summer Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.
The Lawrence school board on Monday honored Indigenous people in the district, approved a donation of trees for Cordley Elementary’s playground and more.
The Lawrence school board on Monday will consider a donation of trees for the playground at Cordley, then meet in executive session to discuss contracts with the PAL-CWA union.
Candidates for Lawrence school board defined their perceived roles in public education advocacy, budgeting, COVID-19 safety protocols, hiring, wage increases and grading the superintendent during the teachers union forum on Saturday.