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District to continue hybrid learning in orange tier of reopening

District to continue hybrid learning in orange tier of reopening
Isis Norris, Free Press Editor-in-Chief November 13, 2020

Hybrid learning and winter sports will continue, despite a 13.8% COVID-19 positivity rate that has pushed the county into the orange tier of its Smart & Safe School Reopening Guidelines. Lawrence-Douglas...

NEWS BRIEF: New Wednesday schedule starts this week

NEWS BRIEF: New Wednesday schedule starts this week
Alexandria Brown, Free Press Managing Editor November 10, 2020

Starting this week, a new Wednesday schedule will begin that allows students to get help from teachers and explore new subjects, Principal Myron Graber announced late last week. This change is a...

Board discusses budget shortfall due to enrollment decline

Following the Pre-ACT, freshmen sit waiting in the Commons before touring the building. For many, this was their first time being in Free State.
Isis Norris, Free Press Editor-in-Chief November 10, 2020

More than $2.65 million has been spent by the district to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, according to a report given by Executive Director of Finance Kathy Johnson at the Lawrence Public Schools Board...

District officials discuss precautions during hybrid learning

Walking the halls, freshmen students move quickly to the next stop on their tour destination. Free State LINK Crew organized leaders to give building tours to new students.
Zanna Ingram, Copy Editor November 8, 2020

As hybrid plans start to roll into effect, students and faculty are asking questions about the precautions needed to keep everyone safe. Principal Myron Graber said that plans have been put in place...

2020 candidates share priorities for Douglas County

2020 candidates share priorities for Douglas County
Ethan Wood and Nisa Khosh November 3, 2020

Douglas County Commissioner Pam McDermott (Republican) Pam McDermott has been a Lawrence resident for nearly 40 years. She is running for Douglas County Commissioner of District 3.  Her priorities...

Students get involved in 2020 election campaigns

A ballot box sits ready for Douglas County voters. Despite many not being old enough to vote, Free State students have found ways to be civically engaged.
Mary Kate Shultz, Copy Editor November 2, 2020

For many young people, politics can seem inaccessible. Teenagers are brushed off by adults as idealistic or ignorant or feel as though they can’t make an impact. Most notably, many high schoolers...

Debate prepares Firebirds for Tournament of Champions

Debate prepares Firebirds for Tournament of Champions
Emma Holsclaw, Talon Co-Editor in Chief October 12, 2020

For the first time in school history, a Free State debate team is headed to the Tournament of Champions in April. Juniors Serena Rupp and John Marshall will join other top debate teams in the nation...

NEWS BRIEF: USD 497 releases official hybrid learning plan

Jack Bellemere, Reporter October 8, 2020

USD 497 released their official hybrid learning outline Thursday night.  The plan lays out how high school administrators hope to keep students and teachers safe and maintain a high quality education...

NEWS BRIEF: USD 497 negotiation team meets to discuss hybrid learning

NEWS BRIEF: USD 497 negotiation team meets to discuss hybrid learning
Jack Bellemere, Reporter October 8, 2020

The USD 497 negotiation team met Thursday night to lay out plans for a new hybrid learning model. The discussion spanned a range of topics from teacher sick days to tornado drills. One of the biggest...

Protest for hybrid learning held outside district offices

Isis Norris, Ethan Wood, and Jack Bellemere October 5, 2020

The Paraeducators Association of Lawrence, PAL-CWA, hosted a teach-in outside of the USD 497 District Office on Monday, Oct. 5, as a form of protest against the Board of Education’s recent decision to...

Lawrence schools to begin hybrid learning

Isis Norris, Print Editor in Chief September 29, 2020

Lawrence Public Schools students will soon have the option to attend in-person classes through a hybrid learning model — returning to the classroom for the first time since March.  After an intense...

Opinion: Team photo sparks anger

Isis Norris, Print Editor in Chief August 18, 2020

On Sunday, Aug. 16 the Free State football team posted a photo through the @freestatefootball Instagram account. The photo featured 29 players standing shoulder-to-shoulder without masks or social distancing...

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