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Most Central Kentucky schools to remain closed Friday

Most schools will remain closed Friday in Lexington and elsewhere in Central Kentucky because some school buildings are without power and some secondary roads are unsafe for school buses to travel, officials said Thursday.

Public schools will stay closed in Fayette, Jessamine, Scott and Clark counties, officials in those districts said. Nobody answered the phone at the Madison or Woodford county school offices.

Many Kentucky students will have missed a full week of classes this week because of the icy weather.

In Fayette County, weather make-up days will push the last day of school back to June 3, said district spokeswoman Nema Brewer-Candy. School originally was supposed to end May 28.

Parents are always advised not to schedule summer travel for the days immediately after school is supposed to adjourn, in case winter weather pushes the adjournment date back, Brewer said.

Lisa Gross, spokeswoman for the state Department of Education, said school districts that miss a lot of time might need to get additional days to prepare in the spring for state testing. But that hasn't been decided yet, Gross said.

"Once this goes away and people start to pick up the pieces, we'll be able to know what school districts are planning," Gross said.

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