Some KY school districts allowed to use alternative for snow day

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Department of Education announced that it has approved some districts to use virtual and other non-traditional forms of education for when school has been cancelled.

Intended for use during harsh weather or other emergencies, officials say students are most likely to take part in this program over the internet. According to the waiver, each district can count these days as normal attendance days, so long as the total number of special instruction days is less than 10.

“For the last two years many of our districts were forced to close for several days or weeks at a time due to snow and cold, which not only disrupted instruction but also extended the school year for many. While we hope that this winter will not be as bad, now students in the approved districts will be able to carry on with learning – even when inclement weather keeps them out of the classroom.” said Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.

Authorities say a House Bill was revised to allow these waivers, provided they can prove that instruction and teaching is not negatively impacted by the alternative method.

For more information on the non-traditional instruction program go to education.ky.gov/school/innov

Qualified districts include:

·  Barren Co. ·  Harlan Co. ·  Madison Co. ·  Pike Co.
·  Boyle Co. ·  Harlan Ind. ·  Marion Co. ·  Pulaski Co.
·  Clinton Co. ·  Hopkins Co. ·  Martin Co. ·  Russell Co.
·  Cloverport Ind. ·  Jessamine Co. ·  Mason Co. ·  Russell Ind.
·  Corbin Ind. ·  Johnson Co. ·  Meade Co. ·  Shelby Co.
·  Elliott Co. ·  Knott Co. ·  Mercer Co. ·  Taylor Co.
·  Gallatin Co. ·  Knox Co. ·  Metcalfe Co. ·  Todd Co.
·  Garrard Co. ·  Lawrence Co. ·  Monroe Co. ·  Webster Co.
·  Grant Co. ·  Leslie Co. ·  Montgomery Co. ·  Washington Co.
·  Graves Co. ·  Livingston Co. ·  Nelson Co. ·  Wolfe Co.
·  Green Co. ·  Logan Co. ·  Owsley Co. ·  Woodford Co.
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