JCPS to consider adding classes on two days students now have off


by Joe Arnold

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 8:44 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Parents, check your calendars. 

With "snow days" piling up in Jefferson County Public Schools, the district is considering adding classes on two days currently scheduled off for students, and the district may also reassess next year's school calendar in light of this year's experience.

Two days currently scheduled for Professional Development (no classes) on Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25 might be transformed into school days, according to a notice from the school district.

The remaining three days that week (February 26, 27 and 28) have already been tapped to make up for snow day school cancellations this school year.

So far this year, JCPS has canceled classes on five days due to winter weather: December 6 and 10, and January 6, 7 and 21.

JCPS' original final day of classes for the 2013-14 school year was June 4. 

As of now, however, the JCPS calendar lists Friday, June 6 as the last day of classes, with the following week, June 9-13 marked as potential make-up days.

The Superintendent/designee Dr. Michael Raisor is calling a special meeting of the Calendar Committee Monday night, according to a release sent late Friday night by JCPS.

The meeting is Monday, February 3, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at the VanHoose Education Center, 3332 Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky.

"The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the possible use of February 24 & 25, 2014 for the 2013-2014 school year." the release explains, "And, in light of this year’s winter, reassess the 2014-2015 to develop a recommendation to the Superintendent and Board of Education."

"Any and all matters incidental to and supplementary of the foregoing may also be taken up, considered and acted upon in the meeting," the notice concludes.

The reevaluation of this year's school calendar is not related to several days last week where JCPS delayed classes for two hours, according to JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey, who said those days are covered by emergency hours allowed by the Kentucky Department of Education.