Starting Monday, Bourbon County Public Schools will tack an extra half-hour onto each school day for the rest of the year to make up for snow days.
The decision preserves spring break, set for April 4-8, and should allow classes to end May 31, the school district said. Without the move, classes would have run beyond the first week of June.
Bourbon schools have missed 12 days this school year.
Julie Ferrell, a receptionist at the Bourbon schools' central office, said the county school board decided to extend the school day after conducting two online polls of parents and staff members. About 91 percent of those responding to the polls favored longer school days, district officials said.
"People didn't want to have to go to school half of the month of June," Ferrell said.
Under the new Bourbon County schedule, Cane Ridge and North Middletown elementary schools will close at 3:10 p.m. daily; Bourbon Central Elementary will close at 3:15p.m.; Bourbon Middle School will close at 3:50 p.m. and Bourbon County High School will close at 3:55 p.m.