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Kentucky lawmaker expects bill to allow more delayed starts, fewer snow days

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The bill would prohibit districts from extending the school day longer than seven hours to make up for snow days. The bill would prohibit districts from extending the school day longer than seven hours to make up for snow days.
Rep. Addia Wuchner Rep. Addia Wuchner

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - School districts would not be penalized for having too many delayed starts because of severe weather under a bill filed in Kentucky's House.

Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, said she has heard from district superintendents who have canceled entire school days even though road conditions may improve within an hour or two, hoping to preserve the five delay hours allowed by state law.

The practice creates too many unnecessary days off and hurts student performance, she said.

"The more students are out of school, you're taking one step forward and two steps backwards," Wuchner said. "(Teachers) are committed and they know the importance of the continuity of education."

The bill would prohibit districts from extending the school day longer than seven hours to make up for snow days.

However, it would allow districts to have as many shortened days as school administrators choose, as long as the districts complete 1,062 instructional hours, as mandated by state law.

The bill is currently assigned to the House Education committee.

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