Thirty-one Kentucky school districts — including Boyle, Garrard, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery and Woodford counties — have been added to a state program that provides an alternative to the traditional snow day.
Jessamine County and 12 other districts will be in the program for the second year, bringing the total to 44 districts.
All 13 school districts in the Kentucky Department of Education's 2014-15 pilot program, which allowed students to learn from home on snow days, met state criteria and were able to count them as regular attendance days.
The state has approved waivers that allow the districts' use of virtual or other non-traditional means of instruction when school is cancelled because of weather. Students often work on lessons online or with a written packet of materials.
Under the provisions of the waiver, a district may include as many as 10 non-traditional instruction days as regular attendance days in its school calendar and not have to make them up.
Other districts that qualified for the non-traditional instruction waivers, including some that had the program last school year, are Barren, Clinton, Elliott, Gallatin, Grant, Graves, Green, Harlan, Hopkins, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Leslie, Livingston, Logan, Marion, Martin, Mason, Meade, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Owsley, Pike, Pulaski, Russell, Shelby, Taylor, Todd, Washington, Webster and Wolfe counties, and the Corbin, Cloverport, Harlan and Russell Independent districts.