Winter vacation leads to longer school days
by Jarrid Deaton
Students in Floyd County will be in the classroom a little longer starting on April 13, with 30 minutes added on to the end of each school day.
According to a release from the Floyd County Board of Education, the school day will be extended by 30 minutes to help make up for missed instructional time due to the extreme weather that covered the area with snow and ice earlier this year. The inclement weather kept the school doors closed to students for almost an entire month after winter break.
With the new schedule, the schools that currently dismiss at 2:45 p.m. will dismiss at 3:15, and the schools that dismiss at 3 p.m. will dismiss at 3:30.
Floyd County Supt. Henry Webb believes that the extra time added to each day of school will benefit the school system in more than one way, including opening up days for students to attend summer school and other programs.
By extending the school day by 30 minutes, that will enable us to make up three days, Webb said. More importantly, it will provide more instructional time for the state assessments. Also, quite honestly, it will allow students and teachers the opportunity to go to summer school and other programs. It benefits us in two ways.
Officials with the school district recently sent correspondence to the Kentucky Department of Education regarding the request for six days to assist with making up for the weather-related closings.
The current closing date for schools in Floyd County is set for June 16. If the school district is granted the six days from the Kentucky Department of Education, along with the combined three days of instruction that will result from the extension of the school day, the new closing date would be June 3.
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