It’s been a rough winter so far for the local school systems - and it’s still early February.
That’s quite a change based on recent years when snow days have been few and far between.
“We’ve hardly had any winter in so long, now that when we have it, it gets to be a problem,” said Logan County superintendent Marshall Kemp.
Russellville Independent superintendent Leon Smith joked that for the first time this year, he will be glad when he has to start mowing his lawn again.
“It’s been an interesting winter - and it’s been tiring,” he said. “I was up at 3 a.m. Monday morning looking at the radar because I knew that there was a chance for some snow coming in and I wanted to be prepared if I had to make a call.”
After missing all of last week, the Logan County school district has now missed 11 total day. With about 73 days left that students must attend school, that means make-up days will likely be Feb. 17 (Presidents Day), March 24-28 (Spring intercession) and then May 22, 23, 27, 28 and 29.
“We’ll have to have the board vote on that at our next board meeting on Feb. 25, but after polling the board, that’s probably what we’re going to do,” Kemp said.
That means if Logan County misses no more days, the last day of school will likely fall on Thursday, May 28. If more days are lost because of snow or other bad weather - that could mean students going to school on Memorial Day or even into June.
“If we miss two or three more days, that means we are going to be going into June,” Kemp said. “And if we miss more than that, then we have to start looking at spring break - either reducing it or taking it away all together.”
The Kentucky Department of Education is asking the state legislature to allow any school districts that miss more than 20 days to have up to 10 days of those excused as emergency days.
Kemp said he is hopeful that his district won’t miss more than 20 days, however.
“I hope we don’t have that problem,” he said.
Last week while roads were clear around Russellville and in south Logan County on some days - they remained snow and ice covered in the northern portions of the county.
That lead to Logan County posting pictures of the roads that were causing some of the missed days.
“We wanted to show everyone what the roads were like in some portions of the county,” Kemp said.
The Russellville Independent district is in better shape than most in the state. That district missed two days last week, bringing its total to five so far.
“We appreciate the parents and community working with us on these snow days,” Smith said. “One thing that we are going to be looking at is possible some one-hour and two-hour delays if we think that it might be too bad in the early morning to get students to school. That’s something parents may want to be expecting as we go forward if the bad weather persists.”