Return to In Person Learning Virtual Coffee

Opening Dates:

K-12 | Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (Half day)
PK | Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Individual school hours are indicated on school pages of our website. (See top navigation bar of the LPS Website)

COVID-19 Related Guidance:

Our school district adheres to guidance and requirements by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Based on the information we have at this time, LPS plans for a full return to in person learning, without exemptions. There is no remote learning option entering the 2021-22 school year.

The following are current LPS protocols for COVID-19 cases and close contacts:

Mask Mandate 

The Lawrence Board of Health issued an executive order, effective August 3, requiring face coverings inside city-owned buildings, which includes LPS schools. Masks will be required for all LPS students, staff and visitors when inside school buildings or using LPS transportation (unless eating or on an approved mask break). 

COVID-19 Communications

Close contacts will be informed directly and the classroom will be notified. If there are multiple classrooms or cohorts with positive cases and there is determined to be a likelihood of in-school transmission, the school community would be notified and informed of any additional measures. These may include closing either part of or the entire school for a short time (for instance 1-3 days) for an extensive cleaning or other facility mitigation, or closing the school partially or fully for the longer duration of the quarantine period.

School COVID data is available at any time by contacting your child’s school directly, and you can find weekly reported COVID data for every Massachusetts school district, including Lawrence, here:
https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/positive-cases/

Hand-washing and Sanitizing 

Students will be required to wash hands frequently. When soap and water are not in close proximity, hand sanitizer will be provided. Families will receive school notifications regarding the use of alcohol based sanitizers.  

COVID Testing

LPS will implement COVID checks in multiple forms, including a return to:

  • BinaxNOW testing in school for symptomatic students (with parental consent) and staff
  • Routine COVID Safety Checks, which use group tests of all consenting participants to prevent potential spread of the virus before it starts.

If there are any changes, we will communicate that information with families in a timely manner. You can expect to hear from us by phone, email, text (if we have your cell phone number), and on social media. You can also revisit this page for more updates.

If your contact information has changed, please call your school to update your records and ensure you receive all important updates.

Attendance:

All Massachusetts schools are returning to full, in-person learning for all students.  As such, LPS will implement our regular attendance policies for PK-8 attendance policy and High School attendance policy for the coming school year.

As noted in the Superintendent’s letter of August 30 English (Superintendent's letter of August 30 Spanish), students required to isolate or quarantine related to COVID-19 will be considered absent, as they would be for any illness. Schools and staff will take steps to support impacted students with at-home work and making up missed instruction or assignments following a healthy return to the classroom. 
 
Please also note, however, as shared in the Superintendent Paris Letter of Octerber 1st English (Superintendent Paris Letter Octerber 1st Spanish), LPS anticipates transitioning to “test and stay” by the end of October. This statewide program allows students who are a close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school as long as they show no symptoms. Additional details will be provided prior to this transition, but parents or guardians can provide consent online here at any time, or get more info and paper forms here. Again, this program will allow asymptomatic close contacts to attend school instead of remaining home for the currently required seven-day quarantine, but participation will require the consent linked above.

Enrollment:

If you have not yet registered, do so today. You can begin the process online, using the links below, or call the phone numbers to set up an appointment.
Note: appointments are booking a few weeks out -- act now to help your child start school on time!

New Students:  PK-Grade 12 

Re-enrolling students: K-12 (your child was previously enrolled, then moved/enrolled elsewhere and is now returning to LPS)

School Uniforms:

LPS requires uniforms for all grades, excluding pre-kindergarten. Individual schools determine the specific uniform requirements, typically voted upon by the School Leadership Team.

Our website includes a list of uniforms for K-8 uniform policy and high school uniform policy; please contact your school (Schools tab is located in the top navigation bar on the LPS Website) for specific questions.

Transportation:

Students who live more than two miles from their schools are entitled to transportation, as are students whose 504 or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) calls for it, some homeless students, and certain students in foster care. 

Notices regarding children’s school assignments also indicate if a child is eligible for transportation. In late August, if a child is eligible, the family will receive a notice with the bus stop location, time of pick-up and drop-off, and bus numbers.

A list of Private Transportation Vendors is available to families. 

Special Education

For questions or needs related to special education services please contact the Special Education Director assigned to your child’s school. A directory may be found Special Education Zone Directory. The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites your participation. The 2021-22 meeting schedule may be found Special Education Parent Advisory Council 2021-2022 Meeting Schedule.