House committee approves snow day waiver

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 3:00 PM

 FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A House committee in Frankfort, Ky. voted in favor of sending House Bill 410 to the House floor. If it is passed into law it would allow school districts around Kentucky to decide if they want to waive up to 10 snow days during the 2013-2014 school year.

Winter weather hit Kentuckiana hard this year. So far there have been 11 snow days for Jefferson County Public School students, while Shelby County schools have had 13.

“Winter has been bad,” Rep. John Will Stacy (D) of House District 71 said. “But it’s not over.”

Stacy represents parts of eastern Kentucky and is sponsoring House Bill 410, which will allow school districts the option to waive up to 10 days of school missed because of emergencies like snow cancelations.

Stacy said this bill will help school administrators plan the rest of their school year.

“These school districts are faced with a big burden right now of planning the rest of their school year,” Stacy said.

JCPS’s last day is scheduled for June 12 as of now. But that can change, as unknown circumstances can arise during the rest of the school year.

“It’s just a safety issue,” Stacy said. “Administrators shouldn’t be put in that box between choosing the safety of the child and meeting a mandated number of days of sending those kids on those buses on bad roads.”

School districts in Kentucky currently must have 185 full days.

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