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Snow day hangover, schools going into June

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- The school year is winding down but not fast enough for some students in districts hit hard by snow days.

Some rural Kentucky districts had more than 20 snow days this winter forcing them to extend the school year and delay high school graduation.  Pendleton County schools had 23 snow days this year but they are still getting out earlier than the students in Campbell County.
Pendleton County, Bracken County and Boone County are all getting out June 3rd.  Kenton County is getting out May 30th.  But the kids at Campbell County are in class until June 6th.  It presents some challenges.  The students in Don Manker's AP Calculus class have finished their course work for the year and taken their AP exam, but they still have about a month of school left. 

Campbell County Senior, Kaitlyn Weyman, said, "We had a snow week at one point..almost two snow weeks and that was a pain.  While we do add school days, the AP test dates do not change."
It's just one of many things this snowy winter foisted on Kentucky schools.  The 350 seniors at Campbell County will graduate two weeks later than planned.  A few days later than most other local districts.

Ben See is a Senior and he said, "Kind of jealous but it's only a couple of days so it's not too big of a deal."
The AP Calculus students are not complaining, but they're AP Calculus students and are actually glad to get some advanced class work at the end of the year.  Not everyone's thrilled with going to school until June 6th.

Manker said, "You feel them getting a little more active.  Maybe a little more antsy for lack of a better term."

Campbell County Principal Renee Boots says this is a new experience for her.  She knows she's facing a short summer to prepare for next year and has to focus on the next few weeks.  In Kentucky, state-mandated assessment tests have to be given in the last 14 days of the school year.

Boots said, "The challenge is making sure they stay engaged and they understand the end of the year has importance.  It's not a wind down.  It's important for assessment.  The kids get tired of me saying finish strong.  But that's what I say to our kids, finish strong."

The Seniors Local 12's Joe Webb talked to Thursday were not bent out of shape by being the last to graduate.  Their diplomas will not have a graduation date on them, just a month and year.  They didn't know until March when the last day of school would likely be.  But by then they knew it would be in June.

In Ohio, the last day of school for Cincinnati Public is May 29th.  Lakota Schools get out May 30th.  Most of Oak Hills students don't start summer break until June 9th but the Seniors' last day of class is June 3rd.

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