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Lawrence high school students to get longer summer break

Posted at 3:02 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 16:53:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — High school students in Lawrence hoping for a longer summer break got their wish granted this week.

Students attending Lawrence High School, Free State High School and the Lawrence Career Center will get an extra six days of summer vacation this year after delays in facility improvement projects.

The change means ninth-graders will report for orientation on Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 14. The first day of classes for all other high school students changes to Aug. 21 instead of Aug. 15.

It’s not all good news, however, as high school classes now will start at 8 a.m. instead of 8:05 a.m. to make up for the lost days.

“We sincerely apologize for any challenges this change may cause our high school families,” Superintendent Anthony Lewis said in a statement. “We want to provide the best learning environments possible for students and staff. That means ensuring that we provide safe and welcoming spaces conducive to a successful start to the school year.”

More information about the schedule changes is available on the district’s website.