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Ky. House passes bill allowing waivers for missed school days

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky House passed a bill 82-8 Friday morning, allowing districts to waive up to 10 snow days, but it still faces some challenges.

JCPS has had 11 snow days so far, but graduation dates have not been set because the district says it's waiting on legislators. Some rural school districts in Eastern Kentucky have missed 20-30 days because of the harsh winter, but House Bill 410 would give some relief, allowing districts to waive up to 10 days.

Representative C.B. Embry Jr. is just one of the bill's sponsors. He's pleased it passed the House Friday morning.

"It's a safety problem," Embry said. "Besides time involved in my county, Butler County, we have a lot of windy roads that have steep hills and they are shaded in many places. You cannot just go out and grade those roads and they're okay the next day. You can't do that to gravel roads."

JCPS has made up five snow days so far. The district says it's required by the Kentucky Department of Education to have 10 "built in" snow days. Six still have to be made up at the end of the school year, right now.

JCPS and Oldham County Schools are waiting on final legislation before commenting on what it would mean for students, and changes to the calendar.

The bill now heads to the Senate -- but senators are also working on their own version of the bill that could get a vote next week. The Senate is trying to craft a bill geared toward the majority of districts, while focusing on educational time for students.

Leaders in both chambers are rushing to get a final bill to Gov. Steve Beshear.

"I have received many contacts on it from school officials and parents, and I think it will have a good opportunity in passing, if not in this form, in some other form very similar," said Embry. "And it does not cost the school districts anything, doesn't come from the SEEK money they'll receive."

SEEK is the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky funding program which gives money to local school districts.

There are just 13 days left in this legislative session.

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