February 9, 2015;
Some school systems could have opening day move to nearly a month later than normal if bill is passed
According to a new bill in the Ky. General Assembly, Kentucky Senate Bill 129; public schools would not be able to start earlier than the Monday closest to August 26.
The bill was filed by Kentucky Senator Chris Girdler, who represents District 15 in Lincoln, Boyle and Pulaski Counties.
The Senate bill states, “The first student attendance day in the school term shall be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26, except in school districts that have adopted a year-round calendar.”
If the bill is passed, the change will begin with the 2016-2017 school year. Depending on the year-to-year-calender; opening day would range from August 23 to August 29.
There is a way that the school systems can avoid the new legislature.
The Senate bill states, “A school district that has canceled 7 or more student attendance days over each of the past 5 years due to inclement weather may request a waiver.”
Those schools would be able to begin classes earlier than the Monday closest to August 26.
A review of the Kentucky Department of Education’s 2014-15 calendar revealed that almost all Kentucky schools started before August 26.
Schools typically started classes between July 30 and August 13. Lawrence County Schools’ first day of 2014 was on August 4. Bell County Schools’ (the home county of Senator Girdler) first day of 2014 was actually on August 26. Most Kentucky schools would notice the change unless they applied to be waived.