March 22, 2020
'Stay at Home' Order Issued
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has issued a 'Stay at Home' Order for Douglas County, effective March 24-April 23, 2020. Please review the order at www.LDCHealth.org/Coronavirus. Our schools will continue to serve grab-and-go breakfast and lunch and deliver school meals March 23 as scheduled. Additional information will be shared as soon as information is available.
March 17, 2020
USD 497 Closed for the Remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year by Governor's Order (Spanish)
It with heavy hearts that USD 497 shares that Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced today the closure of all K-12 schools in the state for the remainder of the school year. The closure order is effective immediately and follows consultation with Kansas education officials.
As a result, Lawrence Public Schools will be closed through May 21. All school activities also are canceled, unless special permission is granted by the superintendent.
The district continues to discuss options for providing essential services, such as serving school meals and supporting continuous learning. We began offering grab-and-go breakfast and lunch service at five school sites today. We will be sending families a short survey to determine those who need meals for their children but lack transportation to get to one of our drive-thru meal sites.
The district will gather administrators this week to discuss these latest developments. Building administrators will meet with school staff next week. We anticipate implementing a plan for continuous learning for students beginning March 30. Additional information will be shared with staff and families as soon as decisions are made.
"These unprecedented circumstances call for all of us to work together as a community to develop solutions for our children," said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Lewis. "We understand that school closures shift the responsibility for educating children to families. Our professional staff stands ready to support all students and families."
Per the Governor's order, this closure is intended to support social distancing and restrict personal contact. Individuals are encouraged to avoid gatherings larger than ten people. The superintendent urges staff and families to heed this order.
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced this afternoon that Douglas County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, a man in his 20s who recently traveled to Florida. Local health officials are working now to identify his close contacts and anyone who may have been exposed.
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and may have had contact with someone with a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider for instructions. If you are sick or have a chronic health condition, it is essential that you stay home.
We will continue to inform staff and families of updates as decisions are made and additional information becomes available.
Lawrence Public Schools COVID-19 Informational Updates
Public Health Resources
More Resources from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
CDC - Fact Sheet (English)
CDC - Fact Sheet (Spanish)
CDC - What to do if you’re sick (English)
CDC - What to do if you’re sick (Spanish)
CDC - Stop the Spread of Germs Poster (English)
CDC - Stop the Spread of Germs Poster (Spanish)