Students return to classes after snow days

By OJ Stapleton -

Both Logan County and Russellville Independent school districts made it back to class this week after missing several days because of the snow.

Russellville went back on Tuesday, thanks in large part to the city street crew, according to superintendent Leon Smith.

“I want to personally thank you for your efforts to get all the streets in Russellville cleaned and safe in order for us to have school today,” Smith said in a letter to Russellville mayor Mark Stratton on Tuesday. “Your call to me yesterday morning and pledge to have your maintenance department work on the roads until dark last night made a huge difference in getting ice and slush off the roads. We had no issues whatsoever getting our students to school this morning. Thanks for your continued partnership and support for Russellville Independent Schools!”

Russellville missed four days of school. Smith said that the plan right now is to use built-in makeup days of Feb. 15 and March 25. The two additional days will have to be made up at the end of the calendar, meaning the new last day of school for Russellville students will likely be Monday, May 23.

“However if we have additional days we will discuss with the board some other options,” Smith said.

Logan County returned to school on Wednesday after missing five days of school. Those will be made up during the first week of spring break.

If the county schools miss any more days for snow, the schools will start using Non-Traditional Instruction Days, or NTI days, which were approved by the Kentucky Department of Education before the school year began.

Logan County can use up to 10 NTI days and the use of them is up to the discretion of the superintendent.

Students will work on pre-made assignments on any NTI days. The work can be accessed either over the Internet, or with printed packets that were sent home with students this week.

“All of the packets have been distributed,” Logan superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub said. “About 1,500 of our 3,500 students requested paper packets. Those students still have the options to view them online if they want to though. If any student needs teacher help, teachers are available during the day – some via Skype, but most via email.”

Hub added that any students would have up to three days to turn in the work after returning to school.

By OJ Stapleton

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