Many students will not get spring break

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

Hundreds of students across the region will not get a spring break.

Many districts in eastern Kentucky have missed nearly 20 days of school due to snow.

So far Bell County students have missed 17 days of school because snow.

While students might not be so thrilled to spend their spring break in a classroom...educators say this will give students more time to prepare for state exams.

"It's a whole lot more effective to have instruction in front of the testing window than after the testing window... that's just the nature of the beast," said Bell County Schools Superintendent, George Thompson.

Educators are also in the process of requesting the standardized test date to be moved back which would allow more time for students to study.

"We are still planning like the testing is going to be the last two weeks in April... but we are hoping it will be moved to May," said Thompson.

School boards are also coming up with other options to make up for lost time.
Leaders with Knox County Schools have started what's called a "Plan B". This means during harsh weather buses will only pick up students on main roads. This effects less than 100 students and educators say this plan makes sure officials only call off school when it is absolutely necessary.

Some districts are extending the school day.
In Letcher County, it's by 25 minutes.
Educators say this extra time will make up 10 snow days.

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