Kentucky Senate Bill 128 has been approved by both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Andy Beshear. This bill, also referred to by some as the “supplemental” or the “do-over” bill, allows K-12 students enrolled in public schools for the 2020-21 school year to request to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental year to make up for academic loss due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The bill DOES NOT allow for students to take NEW courses with the exception of career and technical classes.
The bill allows school boards to consider allowing the supplemental school year and if they choose to consider it, the district must open an application process for families wishing to explore this option.
OPS wants to take this opportunity to share some of the facts related to this bill so you can make an informed decision about whether you would choose to have your child request to use the supplemental school year.
These requests must be submitted to our Central Office, 450 Griffith Avenue, by 4 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021. This only applies to students currently enrolled in our district by May 1, 2021.
Part of the bill requires that the school board either approve or deny ALL of the requests and therefore cannot make a decision on a case-by-case basis.
Our school board will make a decision at the May 13, 2021 board luncheon on whether to approve or deny the requests.
One important note, this decision will not have any impact on retention of students that happens on a given year.
Here is a list of benefits and concerns to consider surrounding the SB 128 decision for your child should you choose to explore this option:
Benefit: Students will retake classes from the 2020-21 school year.
- Students will be returning to school with a new class of students as the majority of students will be promoted to next grade.
- Students will NOT be allowed to take new courses. If you decide to take the supplemental school year, you will be taking the exact same schedule as 2020-21 unless a course is unavailable.
- Graduated seniors will have no academic benefit to return. GPA, academic scholarships, KEES money, etc. will remain the same.
- Students will be required to complete all assessments associated with the grade level they would be repeating. This includes KPREP testing.
Benefit: Students may participate in extracurricular activities as long as they meet KHSAA age and eligibility requirements.
- High school students turning 19 and middle school students turning 15 before August 1, 2021 will NOT be eligible to compete in KHSAA-sanctioned or middle school events during the 2021-22 school year.
- If the board allows all requests, students who are a part of the supplemental school year would still be eligible to participate as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements. Normally, students who are retained (and would be the case if the board denies all requests) are not eligible to participate in athletics the following year.
- Fine Arts students, club teams, academic teams, etc. would still be eligible to participate in their respective extracurricular activities.
Benefit: Students may be able to complete career technical certifications which were unable to be completed during the 2020-21 school year.
- Graduates will not qualify for dual credit scholarships and will be required to pay full tuition for any dual credit class that is taken.
This should NOT be seen as a “bonus” year for students or student-athletes. It is intended for those who feel there was a loss in academic progress and would like to catch up by reinforcing lessons and skills from this current school year.
Anyone wishing to utilize a supplemental school year must meet with school-level administrators to determine if this really is the best course of action for your child.
In order for the district to assess the interest from families, an application (available Monday, April 17) must be submitted to the Board of Education by dropping off a hard copy to Central Office at 450 Griffith Avenue by 4 p.m. Friday, April 30, 2021.
Families MUST list a reason for their request for a supplemental school year (academic, athletic, social-emotional well-being, etc.) on the application.
If you have any questions, please direct them to Jared Revlett by calling 270-686-1000.