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Kentucky relaxes school attendance laws after bad winter
FRANKFORT, Ky (Perry Schaible) -- Kentucky lawmakers agree to relax school attendance laws for students in public schools in the state.
Legislators signed the bill late Wednesday night after several days of negotiation.
Students in Kentucky have to be at school for 170 days of classes each school year. That's equivalent to 1,062 hours of classroom instruction.
This year, the snowy winter, has made it difficult for districts to meet that requirement. Now, Kentucky lawmakers have come up with a solution. They agreed to relax the school attendance laws.
That means all Kentucky public schools will end by June 6, even if the district has not met attendance requirements. District officials must first exhaust all other options to make up the days to take advantage of the suspension, including canceling spring break and school holidays.
Both the Boone County and Kenton County school districts have make-up days already set aside. Students in the Kenton County school district are slated to get out of school on June 2. The last day in Boone County is to be determined by snow days.
A similar bill has been passed in Ohio. Governor John Kasich added four extra calamity days to the school year. He signed the bill Wednesday surrounded by fifth graders from a school in north-central Ohio.
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