Lawrence Public Schools continues to work in collaboration with local public health and state agencies as it plans recovery efforts related to the changes brought about by COVID-19. District administration and the Lawrence Education Association have collaborated in the creation of the Together Again: Fall 2020 Planning Task Force. More than 200 district and school administrators, curriculum and instructional coaches, and teachers representing various grade levels, subject areas, and specialties are participating in working groups to discuss the start of the 2020-2021 school year for all school levels, early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school.
Knowing that no one-size-fits-all approach will meet our school community's needs, the task force will develop contingency plans based on the guiding principles of protecting the health and safety of students and staff and supporting student mastery of the state standards that define what Kansas students should know and be able to do. The task force will review U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for schools and consider feedback from students and school families about the spring continuous learning plan. The district will use federal CARES Act funding to compensate teachers for their participation.
When the 2020-2021 school year begins, schools may look different than in previous years due to new health and safety measures. Staff and school families may see adjusted schedules, smaller learning environments, continued e-learning opportunities, and other changes intended to meet public health recommendations. The task force's planning process will include surveying families about their needs, preferences, and concerns related to the upcoming school year.
Note: All task force documents posted to these pages are working documents and subject to change.
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To register for the 2020-2021 school year click here.
Once you have registered online, we will need these items in order to complete enrollment:
Certified birth certificate
Contact information for the previous school (e.g., name, address, phone, fax)
Proof of residency (Accepted: lease/buyers agreement, current water or electric bill)
Physical (if entering a Kansas school for the first time and between the ages of 5-9)
Transfer Form (Due by March 31st)
Not Returning in the fall? Please let us know right away and have your new school send all Records Request to email@example.com so that we can forward them your student's school records.
Boys and Girls Club
Register here for Boys and Girls Club!
Boys and Girls Club has an after school program located at Woodlawn. The program is offered to students in grades K-5. Program hours are from 3:05-6:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 1:35-6:00 on Wednesday. All participants must enroll and be accepted into the program. Enrollment is limited. Contact Boys and Girls Club at 785-423-3695 for more information, find information on their website https://bgclk.org/.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
The front doors will open at 7:30 for arrival. Students who eat breakfast at school may enter the school at 7:30 a.m. The first bell rings at 7:50 a.m. Before 7:50, students may go to the cafeteria for breakfast or to the gym if not eating breakfast.
If you walk your child into the building before the 7:50 bell, we ask that you take them to the gym or cafeteria. Students must be in their classrooms at 8:00 a.m., when the final bell rings, or they will be counted as tardy/absent.
Students will be dismissed MTTF at 3:05 p.m. and at 1:35 p.m. on Wednesdays.
If students leave school early, they must be signed out by a parent /guardian. Office staff may ask for ID before releasing the child.
Welcome to Woodlawn
Woodlawn Elementary School, located on 5.1 acres of land in North Lawrence, has a long history and can trace its roots back to the earliest settlements in the area. Originally named Fifth Ward School, in 1890 it's teachers petitioned to have the name changed to Woodlawn because the building was surrounded by a wooded lawn of elm, birch and walnut trees. The original building burned to the ground in 1923, and a new school, also named Woodlawn, was built in 1924. Woodlawn serves students in grades K-5 including offering a full-day kindergarten program.
Did You Know? The United States Department of Education has recognized Woodlawn as a National Blue Ribbon School! In addition, the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force awarded Woodlawn its Challenge Award for inspiring high student achievement among populations with high ethnic and economic diversity.
"Promoting a healthy self–image, positive attitude, and essential skills to live, learn and work in international society"