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Fayette County revises school calendar to make up for three snow days

A Facebook group called Annual Lexington Snowpocalypse Snowball Fight gathered at Wellington Park Jan. 20.
A Facebook group called Annual Lexington Snowpocalypse Snowball Fight gathered at Wellington Park Jan. 20.

After three missed days in January because of snow, classes in Fayette County Public Schools will be in session on March 18, April 8 and May 25, district officials announced Tuesday.

Those had been scheduled off days. The decision extends the end of the academic year by one day.

Snow days in Fayette County could take on a different feel in the 2016-17 academic year if the school district is accepted into the Kentucky Department of Education’s “snowbound” program, which allows districts to conduct classes online when weather prompts school closings.

Under that program, the district would have to show evidence of student participation and submit reports to the Kentucky education commissioner. If approved, the district wouldn’t have to make up those days.

Parents have recently asked Fayette school officials on the district’s Facebook page why Fayette County isn’t participating. Parents “like to keep their children engaged,” said Schuronda Morton, the district official who is submitting Fayette County’s application.

Morton should know by June whether the district has been accepted.

At least 44 districts, including Jessamine, Woodford and Madison counties, participated in the program in 2015-16, according to state education officials.

Morton said Fayette County wouldn’t participate in the program on every snow day, but it would when weather requires closing for an extended time. Districts in the program have to make sure that all children, including those without Internet access, have a chance to learn from home.

Morton said staff in Fayette County were contacting officials in other school districts to see how the program works.

“This would be a way to keep instruction going,” Morton said.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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