List of Kentucky schools that will close Friday growing
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Fayette County Schools will be closed Friday as educators across the state convene in Frankfort for another rally against the pension bill Governor Matt Bevin signed this week.
The Governor asked teachers not to call off sick. It is illegal for Kentucky teachers to strike, but many have been using sick days to shut down districts in protest.
“Our teachers and support staff have answered the call to advocate for students by encouraging our lawmakers to fully fund education and invest in school safety and mental health services,” Fayette Superintendent Manny Caulk said. “I have heard from many of them who want to continue that effort by going to Frankfort on Friday.”
The Superintendent says closing the district for the day will allow employees to advocate for public education with a collective voice.
“Our nation is built on a commitment to educate every child and there is no better investment in the future of the Commonwealth,” he said. “I believe in public schools. I am a living testament to the difference a great teacher can make in the life of a child and I want that same positive experience for all of our FCPS students.”
The district says students who rely on food backpacks for the weekend will get those bags on Thursday instead of Friday.
Individual schools will send out information about student activities set for Friday.
Caulk says he will ask the school board to keep May 31, 2018 as the last day of school. He says students will still have more instructional hours than required by law.
Employees who work year round will still work. Teachers and support staff who work only on days with students will be responsible for making up the day.
Below is a list of districts closed Friday, April 13, 2018. ABC 36 will continue to update this list.
Fayette County Schools
Christian County Schools
Garrard County Schools
Scott County Schools
Bullitt County Schools
Trimble County Schools
Mercer County Schools
Lincoln County Schools