HAZARD-Summer vacation for students in Perry County looks to be the shortest in years unless House Bill 410 is passed to help provide some relief.
The last scheduled day for students to attend classes in the Perry County School System is June 19. This late release date comes on the heels of one of the worst winters in recent years. The Courier-Journal reported on February 5, that Perry County had missed the more days than any other school system in Kentucky, at that point 20 days.
Jeff Brashear, director of pupil personnel at the Perry County School Board, said the current total number of missed days was 32.
Kentucky House Bill 410, if passed, could alleviate some of those missed days and allow the students to get out of school earlier. Part of the bill would provide a waiver of up to 10 instructional days for schools that have missed days during the 2013-2014 school year.
During last month’s regular school board meeting, the board passed a motion to apply for 10 disaster days.
“The superintendent has to direct me to apply for disaster days and to this point he has not done that, he was waiting on to see if we’re going to be granted relief days,” Brashear said.
Brashear said the school system is simply playing a waiting game now.
“We are waiting for the legislature to act,” Brashear said.
When asked if Perry County would apply for disaster days if HB 410 passed, Brashear said they would not.
“One situation they want to vote on is to add minutes to the day, but you can only add minutes up to seven hours per day,” he said, adding that if the district were to add the maximum amount of time to the school day it would only make up five missed school days before the end of term.
Brashear said communication from the state education commissioner has given no sign that relief days are in the future of the school system.
“Seemed to me like they are just leaning toward adding minutes, I saw nothing in there today that would just give us relief days,” he said.
Gwendolyn Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald