School Systems Cancel Spring Break

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Updated Wednesday, February 25th:

At least two more school districts are cancelling spring break to make up missed days due to the weather.

Officials say the Harlan and Floyd County School Districts eliminated all five spring break days.

Magoffin, Martin and Johnson Counties did the same thing.

After several eastern Kentucky school districts missed more than 20 days during the ice and wind storms, now some school boards are officially canceling spring break to help make-up the days.

Some students got an extended winter break after missing more than 20 days this year due to snow, ice, and wind.

Now that winter break is taking away their Spring Break.

Martin, Magoffin and Johnson County School Boards officially cancelled Spring Break to make-up some of the missed days before CATS testing starts.

School Boards in other counties are still discussing how to make-up their days.

State Education officials say each school district in the state suffered during the ice storm.

State officials do not keep data on how the districts make-up the days, but say other districts are considering canceling Spring Break.

Meanwhile, school officials in several districts are monitoring bills in the legislature that would reduce the number of days needed to make-up.

State officials say those bills are in committees, and it may take two or three weeks before legislators can reach a decision.

School officials in Martin and Johnson Counties say they are trying to arrange the calendar to get high school graduation on a Friday.

They will make final decisions after the legislature votes on the bills and they know how many days they have to make-up.


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  • by Melissa Location: London KY on Mar 23, 2009 at 11:17 AM
    That's not fare to the children. It wasn't there faught that it snowed and they had to miss so much school. Let them have there spring break please. Thank You
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    there are times that there is very little or no snow at all in our area and yet they close the local school, Why, because they lump the whole county into one school district...
  • by teacher Location: Floyd Co. on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    Happy Hillbilly...teaching is a real job, we did something with our education, and its way more than just 5 hours a day. You are being really rude and disrepectful to all the teacher who work hard to teach children. Its sad you are so narrowed and feel the way you do about the teaching profession.
  • by Happy Hillbilly on Feb 27, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Angela, I can promise you that I have far more education than you and I chose to get a real job with my education. A job that requires working 6 to 7 days a week with 2 weeks of vacation per year not just working 177 days for 5 hours a day.
  • by Tiffany Location: Knott Co. on Feb 26, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    I noticed that someone posted, seeming to complain about getting out at the end of May. Knott County gets out on June 11--if we don't miss any more school. Hopefully they will stray away from taking our spring break here.
  • by john q taxpayer Location: east ky on Feb 26, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Johnson county going to Florida to play ball, well at least I know my tax money is being spent wisely.I guess nobody knows how to play ball in Kentucky.so many parents are hung up sports,its time to realize that its the education that gets a person through life, not swinging,throwing, or kicking a ball.Last time I looked at a application it asked for schools,colleges,degrees and trade schools not how far you can run or fast you can throw a ball!!!!
  • by Josh on Feb 26, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    It's students first and teachers time off second.......sorry why are you employed?
  • by Teacher Location: Knox on Feb 26, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    If you must know, all teachers do more than teach "from the test". Do you realize we spend seven to eight years in college getting a bachelor degree, 2 years for Master's degree, and 2 more years in Instruction and Curriculum/Leadership. When we begin our teaching careers we are paid the bare minumun and have all the loans to begin paying back. We have to do bus duty which puts us there at 7:00 and then proceed to our classrooms where we have 20-25 students who have 25 different needs, 25 different learning abilities. At the end of the day we then put another hat and become coaches and committe members. Some teachers don't leave school until 6 0r 7 each night. Even if we get help, we will have to make the days up by working at school. The ones that really lose in this mess are our Precious Bus Drivers, The first people our kids see each day! That is who really has the biggest job and impact on our kids! Think about them and stop the bickering!!
  • by Andrea Location: Hyden on Feb 26, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    I agree Angela from KY....CATS is a waste of money.
  • by Teacher Location: Floyd Co. on Feb 26, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    Teaching is more than just summers and snow days. There is a lot of things that teachers have to do that people don't see. There are tons of paperwork, the committees that teachers are on, ballgames, dances, grading, recording grades, not to mention the planning for everything, for some teachers there are portfolios, and teaching. We don't teach the test. We teach the students what they need to know so they can be successful when they are testing. There is alos the masters classes, that aren't cheap, all the training on new and updated laws, technology and so on. Plus, there is the task of dealing with the children, and there are definately some that aren't that easy to deal with...think of the parents who can't stand their kids, or their kids drive them crazy. Where do they ship them off to every day??? To school, for us to deal. And I hate hearing people complain about homework. Homework is extra practice for the student. Pracice makes perfect...You should be thankful for teachers.

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