Announcements

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Lawrence Public Schools to Provide Universal Free Lunch in 2014-15
Lawrence, Mass. (Aug. 14, 2014) – The Lawrence Public Schools will offer free lunch to all students in the upcoming school year. This is great news for our students and families!
 

Last spring the State of Massachusetts announced a program to assist public schools with testing for lead and copper in drinking water. The Lawrence Public Schools was among the first in the state to apply for and receive both funding and technical support for this process. District-wide testing, conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Lawrence Water & Sewer Department, has now been completed.

More than 1,000 samples were taken across Lawrence Public Schools facilities, of which 85 exceeded the action lever for lead or copper. None of the taps which exceeded the action lever were in active use for drinking water this year, and we are taking steps to ensure they remain so, moving forward.

You may already be aware that the district has been utilizing bottled water in all facilities since last spring. This practice though not required by the state, was put in place out of an abundance of caution and will be discontinued with the testing now complete.

As always the health and safety of Lawrence Public Schools' students is our top priority, and we will continue to work with the City's water department to ensure school drinking sources are within pre-action levels.

Please see the below links for more information:

Information on Massachusetts support of testing for lead in public schools’ drinking water can be found here:
https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-officials-launch-lead-in-school-drinking-water-testing-program-for-2017-2018

Information (in English and Spanish) on water quality in the city of Lawrence, including information on lead and copper, can be found in the 2016 Water Quality Report here:
http://www.cityoflawrence.com/water

Additional information on lead in drinking water (including links to materials in Spanish) and school-related issues can be found here:
https://www.mass.gov/lead-in-drinking-water

The results of your school's tests can be found on the school pages. 

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During the week of February vacation, twenty-five Lawrence Public Schools hosted Acceleration Academies - rigorous and intensive academic sessions taught by excellent educators from Lawrence and other districts.

Over 2,000 students across K-8 schools, the High School Learning Center, and the LHS campus attended the Academy. Over 250 teachers participated in the Academy, the focus of which was primarily English Language Arts instruction. 

Family of four clipartAnnouncing the Opening of the NEW
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
  • Centralized Registration for all schools
  • Student Support Services
  • Transportation Department
  • Special Education Department
60 Island St. Lawrence
978-975-5900    
 
 
 

LAWRENCE (February 2019) — During the period of March 25-27, 2019 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Lawrence Public Schools.

The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students. 

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.  
Parents and other individuals may call Jesee Kihiko, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 3745 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the Lawrence Public Schools  meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the (district or charter school) requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.
 

DESE Monitoring Review Release