FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – Longer school days could mean an earlier summer for students in eastern Kentucky.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear posted on Twitter Monday that he had signed a bill to relax the snow day policy in the Commonwealth.
The bill relaxes the requirement that schools fit 1,062 hours of instruction into 170 days, allowing schools to add time to the beginning and end of each school day in order to let students out in May or early June, instead of continuing until the end of June.
In Floyd County, that means students will start class 15 minutes early and end 30 minutes late each day.
“I like it a lot better because we have more time in the summer and it really doesn't affect me that much as I thought it would, just that classes are only like five minutes longer apiece,” Jannah Halbert, a sophomore at Allen Central High School, said.
Students in that district have missed 29 days of school this year. Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb tells WSAZ.com the district usually averages 22 days missed per year.
The district is also cancelling spring break. The superintendent said he sent out a survey asking whether spring break should be cancelled. Out of more than 2,000 people who responded, nearly 70 percent said the district should use those days as instructional days.
Students say this will help them get the classroom time they need.
“[Snow days] really messed me up because we were like studying for tests, we have benchmark tests we have to take, and I wasn't ready for them,” sophomore Sarah Grindrod said.
Sonya Slone, an English teacher at Allen Central, said it will be a relief to make up time with students.
“On some days we're just like, ‘Ugh, if I had those five more minutes,’ and now we get to do that,” Slone said.
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