Bill would let Kentucky public schools waive up to 10 school days

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comFebruary 28, 2014 

A snow plow cleared the combination of snow and ice on Tates Creek Rd. during a freezing rain event in Lexington, Ky., Thursday, December, 16, 2010. Snow changed over to freezing rain during the early morning hours. Charles Bertram | Staff

CHARLES BERTRAM | STAFF

Kentucky's House Education committee on Tuesday is expected to take up House Bill 410, which would waive up to 10 instructional days for school districts that have missed days this winter.

Several districts have missed more than 20 days this school year amid snow and cold temperatures.

The bill, sponsored by state Rep. John Will Stacy, D-West Liberty, says that "notwithstanding any other statute or administrative regulation to the contrary," the state education commissioner shall approve a request from a school board to waive a maximum of 10 instructional days missed in 2013-14.

School district personnel would have to make up any waived instructional days by participating in instructional activities or professional development, or by being assigned additional work, the bill says.

Fayette County Public Schools had missed 11 days as of Saturday, district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said.

Deffendall said district officials are waiting to see what the last few weeks of winter bring before they announce a date for the last day of school.

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