Wed May 6, 2009
School seek waive for instructional days
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – Sixty-six of Kentucky's 144 school districts are seeking to waive up to ten instructional days because of weather-related school closures in the past year. The Education Department's Lisa Gross says the waivers are allowed under legislation approved by the 2009 General Assembly.
"The minimum school term is 177 school days. But, if districts missed a certain number of days related to those weather occurrences, then they can ask for forgiveness and not have to make up those days."
Last fall, high winds from Hurricane Ike wreaked havoc across the commonwealth. In January, a debilitating ice storm walloped the state. The storms convinced lawmakers to pass legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Cherry of Princeton, granting disaster days to school districts negatively impacted by the storms.