Senate Bill 128

Last Updated: 4/15/2021 6:39 PM

Senate Bill 128, became law near the end of the 2021 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.  It creates the Supplemental School Year Program (“SSYP”). This legislation allows any K-12 student enrolled during the 2020-2021 school year to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental year to retake or supplement courses the student already has taken.

If a parent desires for their child to participate in the SSYP, a request must be submitted to the HCS Central Office (USING THIS LINK) by May 1, 2021. The parents may rescind this request at any time before May 31, 2021. The recension must be made in writing.  If you do not desire to participate in SSYP, you do not need to take any action.  

Our Board of Education is required to make a decision regarding our district’s participation in SSYP before June 1, 2021. 

School districts are not allowed to make a decision regarding the supplemental year based on individual students or families.  If the Hardin County Board of Education decides to accept requests for a supplemental year, it must accept all requests and if it decides not to accept requests for a supplemental year, it will not accept any applications.

Please know that guidance regarding SB 128 is continually being revised and additional information could be posted here between now and May 1.  

Hardin County Schools would like to share some facts about the legislation to ensure our parents can make an informed decision regarding the program.  

  • If a student participates in the supplemental year, there is no opportunity to earn a better grade in a course.  For example, if a student is enrolled in English IV this year and earns a “B” and retakes the course next school year and earns an “A”, the B will remain recorded on the student’s transcript for English IV.  Per Kentucky law, students who have met all diploma requirements shall be issued a diploma.  Transcripts are locked upon graduation.  

  • High school students who are 19 on or after August 1 of the upcoming academic year are ineligible to participate in athletics.

  • Eighth-grade students who are 15 on or after August 1 of the upcoming academic year are ineligible to participate in middle school athletics.

  • Seventh-grade students who are 14 on or after August 1 of the upcoming academic year are ineligible to participate in athletic activities against students exclusively enrolled in grades 7 and below

    • REMINDER - Just because a student is not of these ages now, these rules regarding athletics will still apply when they do reach these ages.  

  • Students who graduate from high school during the 2020-21 school year are no longer considered high school students for scholarship purposes and, therefore, are not eligible for Dual Credit or Work Ready Dual Credit scholarships during the 2021-22 year. High school graduates who desire to use their KEES awards for postsecondary expenses must be enrolled at the postsecondary level as regular postsecondary students who are subject to full tuition rates.  KEES cannot be used to pay for dual credit.  

  • A student cannot enroll in the supplemental year and expect to receive the same discount in dual-credit courses (Academy at EC3 and the HCS Early College Pathway) they received in their original junior and senior year of high school.

  • Students who return to the same grade for a supplemental year will return with a new class of students as the vast majority of students in their grade will be promoted.

  • Students may not be academically challenged by repeating the same class/courses.

 

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