Students, teachers one step closer to knowing last day of school

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

PERRY COUTNY, Ky. (WYMT) If you ask any teacher in Eastern Kentucky, many will tell you…

“I’ve been [teaching] in Perry County for 10 years, and I’ve never had a winter where we’ve missed 33 days of school,” Perry County Central High School Language Arts teacher Jennifer Sluss said.

Snow, ice and water problems have made this school year challenging for teachers and students.

“You have to concentrate and make sure you’re covering what you need to cover as quickly as you can, but still make sure the kids are still getting what they need,” PCCHS English teacher Kimberly Hall added.

Kentucky legislatures agreed Wednesday to relax attendance laws requiring districts to have 170 days of classes as long as they have more than 1,062 hours of classroom instruction; but that doesn’t make it a done deal yet.

“The school district has to try to meet those hours as best as they can first,” Sluss added.

Lawmakers still have to officially vote on the bill and it must be signed by the governor before superintendents can decide if their district can meet the required hours.

If a school district can’t meet the 1,062-hour threshold after exhausting all other options, including canceling spring break and school holidays, the school year will end on June 6. State Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, said fewer than 10 school districts would fit that category.

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