Fayette County’s long winter will mean a longer school year.
At a meeting Monday of the Fayette County Public Schools board, there were no objections to using March 16 and May 29, 30, and 31 as makeup days for those missed so far this winter. School was to have ended on May 25, but that changed when bad weather forced cancellations on January 5, 8, 16 and 17.
The school board members did not have to take a vote on the dates Monday because a set of makeup days had been approved previously by the board. If weather forces more cancellations, June 1, June 4 through 8, and June 11 through 14 are all possible makeup days.
The last day for teachers would be June 1.
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According to the district’s website, state law requires school districts to make up every day missed so the school year contains at least 170 days of teaching and learning, and 1,062 instructional hours. There is no exception unless the district misses 20 consecutive days or a change is approved by the governor or General Assembly. The district calendars are updated after the district confirms each makeup date.
On wintry days, district leaders, in consultation with meteorologists and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Streets and Roads Division, consider roads, precipitation, outdoor temperatures, wind chills, current conditions, and the weather forecast.
Whenever travel is deemed unsafe, the district can cancel school, delay the start of school, or dismiss school early.
Steve Hill, director of pupil personnel, said as of Monday that tentative graduation plans in Rupp Arena would be to hold ceremonies for two schools on May 31 and four schools on June 1.
Specific times for school graduations won't be set for weeks, officials said.