The Hardin County Board of Education voted Thursday to amend the 2019-20 district calendar.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an extended school break. Therefore, the district is utilizing non-traditional instruction (NTI). NTI has been in place since March 13, 2020. However, the district has continued to follow its 2019-20 calendar.
May 1 had been a “day-off” in the calendar for students up until this evening. With the Board’s approval, May 1 is now an NTI day.
With this measure, the last day for Hardin County Schools students to receive instruction (whether it be NTI or traditional classroom instruction) is now May 15, 2020. The use of May 1 replaces the use of May 18 as an instructional day. Tuesday, May 19 is still a day-off in the calendar (previously set aside for Election Day).
The other three days (May 20, May 21 and May 22) will be eliminated in the calendar because the calendar and the number of hours logged by HCS students throughout the year exceed what is required by the Kentucky Department of Education.
Graduation dates will remain the same as of now. Should social distancing guidelines be extended, alternative plans will be made.
Employees will still meet their number of contractual days. Employees who have 187-day contracts will work May 18-22. May 19 will be utilized as a professional learning day to make-up for the February 14 day lost because of inclement weather. The closing day for employees will be Friday, May 22. Employees who have a different number of contractual days will work with their supervisors to determine their last day for the school year.
As of Thursday night, HCS is set to return to traditional classroom instruction on May 4, 2020. However, the district will follow any additional or new guidelines set forth by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Interim Kentucky Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown.