February 13, 2014

Snow days push last school day to May 27, graduation date not set

Additional snow days could change tentative plans

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — This year’s unusually harsh winter has forced officials at the Laurel County School District to make adjustments to the school calendar.

Originally, students were scheduled to have their last day of classes on May 14 but resulting snow days have pushed that day back to May 27.

“Tentatively, students' last day will be May 27.  However, that date is subject to change based on a number of factors including alternative plans and additional snow days,” said Laurel County School District Superintendent Dr. Doug Bennett.  “Right now that’s our plan, but it really depends on how the remainder of this winter goes.”

To date, schools have been closed 14 days due to inclement weather. Thirteen of those snow days have been used since Christmas break.

“We are required by the state to have 1,062 hours of instruction per year,” said Director of Pupil Personnel Rhonda Welch.  “Students are in school 375 minutes per day and have 170 days of classes each year.  We can’t extend our school days any further without submitting justification for an amended schedule to the state.”

According to Welch, the district is forced to adjust their calendar when dealing with the amount of inclement weather the district has seen this year.

Bennett said the district is not yet prepared to announce when graduation will take place, citing he did not want families to make travel plans and have them changed due to the possibility of additional snow days in the remaining weeks of winter.

During their Monday night school board meeting, the board approved the 2014 – 2015 school calendar.

According to Welch, the first day of class will begin on August 7, 2014, and will end on May 15, 2015, with graduation scheduled for May 16, 2015.

Holidays will include Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve and Martin Luther King Jr. Day with President's Day listed as flexible Personal Development day.  President's Day could be used as a make-up day if necessary.

Students will be off for Christmas break from December 22, 2014 to January 5, 2015, and off for spring break on April 6 -10.

All dates are tentative, based on several factors including the number of days missed due to inclement weather.

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