Schools now up to four snow days


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Schools in both the Logan County and Russellville Independent districts have now missed four days of school because of the recent snow storms.

The first storm hit last week early Wednesday morning and caused the cancellation of classes on that day and Thursday, before a second, larger storm wiped out school on Friday and Monday.

Whether or not schools will be open or not on Tuesday, Jan. 26, remained up in the air as of press time on Monday.

With four missed days so far, the Russellville Independent district will now use its built-in makeup days of Feb. 15 and March 25. Any additional days missed will have to be made up at the end of the calendar, beginning with May 20. Right now, the last day of school for Russellville students will likely be Monday, May 23.

For Logan County, the first week of spring break will be used as makeup days. After five snow days, the district will be able to use its Non-Traditional Instruction Days, or NTI days, which were approved by the Kentucky Department of Education before the school year began.

NTI days allows approval for a district to receive up to 10 student attendance days for school districts that have an alternative method of instruction. This program was open to any Kentucky district during 2014-2015, with 13 districts receiving approval. For the upcoming school year, the original 13 were approved for another year, along with 31 new school districts, including Logan County.

The district’s plan includes assignments in two of the most critical areas: language arts/reading and mathematics. Accessibility to these assignments is capable with a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. Additionally, printing assignments is not necessary, as students can complete assignments on regular notebook paper or submit answers online. If students or parents have questions, staff will be available at the schools, or by text, Skype, or email.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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