"Non-Traditional" Instruction Goes Statewide!
During the 2014 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, House Bill 211
was passed and signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear.
Among many other things the law did, it modified and expanded legislation passed in 2011 that created the "Non-Traditional Instruction Pilot." The "Snow Bound Pilot," as it came to be known, gave districts that had missed excessive number of days of school due to weather or other emergencies the opportunity to conduct school through virtual or other non-traditional means on days that the district would have normally had to call school off. The district would then show evidence of student participation and student learning and would submit request to the Kentucky Education Commissioner for approval. If approved, the district would not have to make up those days.
The primary criteria a district had to meet to even submit an application was they had to have missed an average of 20 school days the previous three years (a total of at least 60 days). Due to the mild winters we had in the two previous winters (2011-12 and 2012-13), districts could not apply because they hadn’t missed enough days.
removed the 20 day requirement thus making all 173 Kentucky school districts eligible to apply to conduct "non-traditional" student attendance days.
KRS 158.070 Section 9 was amended to read:
Notwithstanding any other statute, each school term shall include no less than the equivalent of the student instructional year in subsection (1)(d) of this section, except that the commissioner of education may grant up to the equivalent of ten (10) student attendance days for school districts that have an alternative instruction plan approved by the commissioner of education for the use of alternative methods of instruction, including virtual learning, on days when the school district is closed for health or safety reasons, on nontraditional days, or on nontraditional time. The district's plan shall demonstrate how teaching and learning in the district will not be negatively impacted. Average daily attendance for purposes of Support Education Excellence in Kentucky program funding during the student attendance days granted shall be calculated in compliance with administrative regulations promulgated by the Kentucky Board of Education.
Resources for the Non-Traditional Instruction Program:
*Download application here and return completed form, including required signatures (scan completed document as a PDF file) to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
Beth Peterson, Branch Manager
Division of Innovation and Partner Engagement
Kentucky Department of Education
1st Floor CPT, 500 Mero St.
Frankfort, KY 40601