Western Kentucky Schools Considering 'Do-Over' Applications

Schools in Kentucky have until June 1 to decide whether or not they'll allow students who applied to have a 'do-over' of a school year dashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: May 7, 2021 8:21 AM
Updated: May 7, 2021 12:43 PM

Some students in western Kentucky are waiting for district officials to make a decision that could completely change their futures.

School boards have roughly one week to decide if they'll grant "do-over" requests - an opportunity presented to Kentucky students by Kentucky Senate Bill 128, which "allows public high school students to request to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental school year to retake and supplement coursework already completed."

As directed by SB 128, it's up to local boards of education as to whether or not they'll approve or deny these "do-over" requests - but school boards are also required by the bill to either approve or deny all requests made.

With applications due at the end of April, 44News reached out to three different districts in western Kentucky to get their final numbers:

  • At Owensboro Public Schools, only five students out of about 5,200 submitted applications.
  • As for Daviess County Public Schools, 34 applications were submitted out of some 11,700 total students in the district.
  • Hopkins County Schools received 74 applications, out of roughly 6,300 students.

If approved, the supplemental school year would allow students, including some graduating seniors, to take part in an additional year of athletics - an opportunity one DCPS student doesn't want to pass up.

"The biggest reason that I wanted to come back is because our season was kind of messed up because of the pandemic," said student Amari Wels. "We missed out on a lot of games, but I feel like if I come back, I can help my team get back to state."

School districts across the Bluegrass State now have until June 1 to decide whether or not to allow students to redo the academic year, but some will be making their decision a little bit sooner.

"School boards will have the opportunity, whenever they have their monthly meetings, to make those decisions," Jared Revlett with OPS explained. "For our school board, they intend to take that up at their luncheon in May which will be May 13."

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