Non-Traditional Instruction Program Overview
The Non-Traditional Instruction Program (NTI) is a program that encourages the continuation of academic instruction on days when school would otherwise be cancelled. School districts create plans to deliver instruction to every student in the district and provide for student and teacher interaction on NTI days, with the ultimate goal of reducing potential learning loss. The Commissioner of Education can waive up to 10 NTI days to count towards student attendance days in the school districts’ calendars.
The Non-Traditional Instruction program is based on House Bill 211:
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.
How the Program Works
School districts wishing to participate in the Non-Traditional Instruction program complete an application in the spring of the year before implementation. A review committee uses a rubric to evaluate district applications and districts with successful applications are accepted into the NTI program. School districts implement their NTI plan in the following school year and submit documentation of the NTI days to the Kentucky Department of Education. Based on the documentation submitted, the Commissioner of Education is able to grant waivers to school districts for up to 10 NTI days to be included in the district calendar as student attendance days.
Resources for the Non-Traditional Instruction Program
Download the New District or Returning District Non-Traditional Instruction program application 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
300 Sower Building, 5th floor
Frankfort, KY 40601