WKYT Reality Check: Teachers missing more time in classroom than students

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The numbers prove it - teachers in one Central Kentucky district are away from the classroom more than the students they teach.

It's a problem facing Fayette County Public School leaders, one they admit they need to fix.

"Our teachers wanna work on this issue because they recognize the need to be in the classroom," notes Superintendent Dr. Tom Shelton.

Dr. Tom Shelton has already brought up the issue to the Fayette County Education Association. He wants teachers in the classroom just as often as students. According to Dr. Shelton, students are in the classroom 94% of the school year. Teachers are present 90% of the year.

"We don't ever want to see someone just routinely use all the days they have just because they have them," notes Dr. Shelton in reference to the personal, sick, emergency leave, and professional development days teachers are allowed to take each year.

"A good portion of the days that teachers are out on average are days that we conduct professional development training and that's averaging almost four to four-and-a-half days per teacher."

Dr. Shelton says Fayette County Public Schools will work on finding solutions to the attendance issue.

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