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Kentucky schools still unsure if snow days will be waived

WHITESBURG, Ky (WYMT) - When will students in Kentucky have a summer break? As of Tuesday, state lawmakers have yet to pass a bill that would aid school districts buried under a pile of snow days.

Personnel coordinator Kenneth Cornett tells WYMT it is a unique situation for staff in the Letcher County School District. They have accumulated 28 snow days and still have no relief in sight.

"It would mean a lot for our district just to know when our last day of school will be," said Cornett.

While the work has not stopped in the classroom, it has temporarily in Frankfort. That is because lawmakers cannot agree when Kentucky schools should have their last day.

"We are trying to keep up with it daily," said Cornett.

School officials, like curriculum director Denise Yonts, said they are just ready for the legislature to make a decision. That way they can get back to planning for the rest of the year.

"I think that we can adapt and get to where we need to be as long as we know that and can do some pre-planning. Planning is going to be our most important thing at this point," said Yonts.

Cornett adds that right now their district is in a holding pattern. They have already suspended spring break and are open to adding hours to the school day.

"If that is allowed then we would consider that. If that does happen, then we would need to start that as soon as possible," said Cornett.

But that all depends on the legislation. For now, the schools continue doing what they do best.

"It has been challenging with our snow days but I am confidant that we have great teachers in our district, who will rise to the occasion. So will our students," said Yonts.

Legislators have eight more days to make a decision.


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