UPDATE: Greenup County Eliminates Spring Break Due to Snow Days

By: Mary Tignor; Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Mary Tignor; Olivia Fecteau Email

UPDATE 2/24/14 @ 6:05 p.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) – Greenup County students will not have a spring break this year.

On Monday night, Greenup County’s Board of Education voted to eliminate spring break from the school calendar to make up missed days from inclement weather.

Greenup County Schools Superintendent Steve Hall says the district has missed 22 days so far this year due to bad weather.

The new calendar originally called for students to remain in school until June 13, but district leaders decided to turn spring break days into instructional days instead. Now students will attend classes March 31 – April 4, 2013.

“We had six days that we could work with and five of those days were our spring break,” Hall said. “State testing is so important. We just wanted to make sure they had as many instructional days as possible before they have to go through that process.”

Hall told WSAZ.com the board of education also expected attendance to be poor if students were in school until the middle of June, in addition to causing scheduling conflicts.

“Our seniors, graduating seniors – some of them are going to be attending early college summer school to get a start on their college education and others are looking for summer employment,” Hall said.

Senior Korey Morris said he was happy to hear that the last day of classes for students is planned for June 6. He told WSAZ.com he won’t be attending class during the spring break days since he is on the baseball team and will be traveling to Florida that week.

However, he said some of his friends were not happy about the new schedule. “Some of them were kind of upset because they're already going on vacation and stuff, so they're kind of mad because those won't be excused anymore,” Morris said. “Kind of figured they [were] going to take it away anyway from where we already missed so much school.”

Hall noted that parents and students were generally supportive of the decision.

“Though they're a little disappointed, they still understand. And our parents, of course, they are about what's best for our students,” Hall said.

The district is planning for the last day to fall on June 6 if there are no more snow days this year.

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ORIGINAL STORY 2/24/14 @ 11 a.m.
GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) – Greenup County students will not have a spring break this year.

On Monday night, Greenup County’s Board of Education voted to eliminate spring break from the school calendar to make up missed days from inclement weather.

Greenup County Schools Superintendent Steve Hall says the district has missed 22 days so far this year due to bad weather.

In order to get all the instructional time needed before state testing begins, district leaders decided to eliminate spring break.

Now students will attend classes March 31 – April 4, 2013.

If the district doesn’t have any more snow days, the last day of classes for students is planned for June 6.


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