No decision yet when Fayette to resume classes

There's no decision yet on whether Fayette County Public Schools will be open on Monday.

Superintendent Stu Silberman said Friday afternoon that school officials are carefully watching the developing weather situation before making any decision.

Ice and snow kept Fayette schools closed all week.

Silberman noted that while temperatures approaching 50 are expected on Sunday, the forecast calls for more winter weather early next week.

Three or four Fayette County school buildings still were without power Friday afternoon, down from about a dozen during the height of the ice storm, Silberman said. Repair crews restored electricity to some buildings only to have it go off again.

Silberman said, however, that Fayette County schools could open on Monday — weather permitting — even if a few buildings still have no electricity. The district could hold classes, leaving any schools still without power closed, he said. A decision won't be made until at least Sunday, he said.

Silberman also said Fayette school officials have made no decision on whether to ask the Kentucky Department of Education to waive weather make-up days this winter.

Jefferson County Schools already have missed nearly two weeks of classes because of weather, and officials there have indicated that they might ask the state for a make-up waiver. Such waivers are granted on a district-by-district basis.

Fayette County students now have missed seven days because of inclement weather, including all of this week.

Making up all those days would extend the Fayette school year through Wednesday, June 3. Classes originally were to end Thursday, May 28.

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