Fayette County approves extending school day to make up snow days

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - June 6 will be the last day of school in Fayette County. Starting April 7, immediately following spring break, every school day will be extended 15 minutes to make up the 13 days and nine hours Fayette County Public Schools missed due to snow. The school board approved the plan Monday night.

According to state law, students must go to school at least 1,062 hours each year. That's the equivalent of 177 six-hour days. Adding the extra 15 minutes to the end of the day means school can end on June 6 since they also agreed to forgive June 9, 10, and 11.

"The 43 remaining days from April 7 to June 6 would be six hour and 20 minute days," said Supt. Tom Shelton, with Fayette County Public Schools.

That's compared to their usual six hour and five minute days, so they'll actually be over the hours needed, according to the superintendent. It'll provide the district a little cushion for a winter storm this spring.

"I don't remember it ever being this cold and this snowy for this long," said Doug Barnett, a school board member.

The bottom line after adding and subtracting all of the hours required, days left to make up, and time missed, Fayette County won't be waiting on Frankfort for a snow days bill. The school board sees it as every district for itself.

"Our intention is not to say education is not important, which is what some of the opinion was in Frankfort, that we're just gonna forgive and not going to school because we don't want to go to school in June," said Amanda Ferguson, another school board member.

House and senate negotiators couldn't reach an agreement on that snow day bill. Some districts have missed nearly 30 days and need help making up the time. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the bill is so important that he'd be willing to appoint new negotiators to try again. Lawmakers have just eight more days to find a compromise.

Fayette County students missed school on January 3, 5, 6, 7, 21, 22, 23, 24, February 3, 6, 10, 26 and March 3 and 14. The make up days include February 17, March 21, April 25, May 29, 30, and June 2 through 6.

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