Scott and Woodford counties make up missed school days with extra minutes

jwarren@herald-leader.comMarch 12, 2014 

The Scott County and Woodford County school districts will add minutes to their school days to help make up snow days they've missed this winter.

Starting Thursday, the Woodford Schools will add an extra 30 minutes to their school day for 12 straight days. That will make up one full snow day, Superintendent Scott Hawkins said.

Hawkins said the district might consider another 12 extended days later. For now, though, officials will wait to see whether the Kentucky General Assembly will give school districts some relief for the days they've missed over the winter, he said.

Woodford schools will still hold Spring Break March 31 through April 4, according to Hawkins.

Fayette County Public Schools officials have said they'll wait a few more days to see what the weather does before announcing makeup days. March 4 was the district's 13th snow day of the year.

Meanwhile, Scott County Public Schools will stay open an extra 20 minutes per day starting March 24 to make up for days they've missed because of icy weather.

According to information posted on the Scott district's Web site, morning and afternoon kindergarten sessions will be extended by 10 minutes each to help make up lost time.

Those steps, along with designating March 21 as a school day, would make June 5 the last day of school in Scott County, unless more days are missed, according to the statement on the district Web site.

Spring Break, set for March 31 through April 4, also will be preserved, Scott district officials said Wednesday.

Without the added minutes, Scott County schools would have had to remain open until June 12 to make up the lost time. The district missed 18 days this winter.

Under Scott County's extended day plan, elementary schools will be open until 2:55 p.m. each day.

Georgetown Middle School will close at 3:25 p.m.; Royal Spring Middle School will close at 3:45 p.m.; and Scott County Middle School will close at 3:55 p.m.

Both the Scott County 9th Grade School and Scott County High School will close at 4:05 p.m.

Individual Scott schools will announce their kindergarten start and end times, the school district said.

If Woodford schools manage to stay open Thursday and Friday, it will be the third full week of classes in the district since Christmas, according to Hawkins. The district has missed 12 days this winter.

Hawkins said the winter has been a struggle for virtually every Kentucky public school district. Now, they must figure out to make up the lost time.

"I think we're all looking for as many different options as we can," Hawkins said. "But when you're at this point, none of the options are great.

"I hope I never have to deal with a another winter like this in my career."

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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