Snow Days Adding Up

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

For many Eastern Kentucky students, the snow means another day without school.
However for officials, it means another day to play catch up before spring testing begins.

Tuesday marks twelve days in a row students in Magoffin county have not had school and that has officials trying to figure out the best way to make up for lost time.

Students have missed a total of nineteen days since the beginning of the school year.

“This lost instructional time could be detrimental to our accountability,” said Joe Hunley, Superintendent of Magoffin County Schools.

He says at this point it is a balance of making sure students are ready for cats testing in the spring but that they do not stay in school too long.

“If a district misses more than twenty days in a given school year, then it can ask for forgiveness for the days over twenty,” said Lisa Gross, Spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Education.

It is an option the school board is keeping on the table if more days are missed. For now it looks like spring break has to go.

“Even if we take spring break, which is a very real possibility, then we are June 5th for students,” said Hunley.

Principal Tony Skaggs says even though the number of days is adding up, he is confident in getting his students prepared.

“Once we can those kids back in, and we can get into a routine and back into a rhythm, back in their classes then we should be ok. But it will take a while to do that,” he says.

He says he knows his students and teachers are willing to put in the time.

Officials say they will be deciding whether or not to have spring break at their next board meeting on February 19th.

School officials say if any more days are missed in February or March, they may also have to start Saturday school. Other nearby districts closing in on the twenty day mark include Floyd and Johnson counties.

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