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The long winter has finally caught up with Oldham County Schools.
While other school districts have gone to school on holidays or canceled parts or all of spring break, students at OCS have largely avoided the same fate during the multiple winter storms that have blanketed the region.
That is, until now.
With last Monday becoming the 12th canceled day of the year, the school board decided to officially put school in session on what’s largely a holiday in the Louisville area, Oaks Day on May 2.
The move to go to school the day before the Kentucky Derby was made to keep June 6 as the last day of school, OCS Communications Director Tracy Harris said.
Other options on the table included attending school on Memorial Day, removing part or all of spring break, Saturday school or continuing into June, Harris said.
But with uncertainty in the weather, Harris said both the district and the board decided the best first step was going to school on Oaks Day.
“When you look at those options, this seemed to the best solution,” she said. “We set spring break a year in advance and we know people have planned vacations for spring break.”
Harris added initial response to the board’s decision to be in session May 2 has been positive.
She said the district thinks strong attendance won’t be a problem on May 2, despite the festivities surrounding the region.
And the district is hopeful a few pending pieces of legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly could give school districts some flexibility on make-up days as well, since OCS hasn’t had cancelations this widespread for five years, Harris said.
“We definitely hope there’s no more snow days or cancelations,” Harris said. “We’re crossing our fingers on that. But (determining other make-up days) will be on a case-by-case basis going forward.”
Due to uncertainty with make-up days, the board has yet set a graduation schedule, but could do so at their March 24 meeting, Harris said.
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