Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Eastern Ky. Schools Start Earlier, End Later to Make up Snow Days

Longer school days could mean an earlier summer for students in eastern Kentucky.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday that he had signed a bill to relax the snow day policy in the Commonwealth.

The bill relaxes the requirement that schools fit 1,062 hours of instruction into 170 days, allowing schools to add time to the beginning and end of each school day in order to let students out in May or early June, instead of continuing until the end of June.

In Floyd County, that means students will start class 15 minutes early and end 30 minutes late each day.

Students in that district have missed 29 days of school this year. Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb said the district usually averages 22 days missed per year.

The district is also cancelling spring break. The superintendent said he sent out a survey asking whether spring break should be cancelled. Out of more than 2,000 people who responded, nearly 70 percent said the district should use those days as instructional days.