DCPS, OPS approve ‘redo year’ for roughly 30 students

May 21, 2021 | 12:06 am

Updated May 20, 2021 | 10:56 pm

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Owensboro and Daviess County public schools have each approved the Supplemental School Year Program. A total of 33 students applied for the “redo year,” allowing them to remain in their current grade level for the 2021-22 academic year.

The law requires each board to either accept all requests or none at all from their students.

The law also gives high school student-athletes an extra year of eligibility as long as they do not turn 19 before Aug. 1 of their senior year. Other KHSAA regulations such as transfer rules would remain in effect.

A total of 6 OPS students — all at the middle or high school level — applied for the program.

“It doesn’t seem that it would be a huge strain on our resources to allow these extra-year considerations,” said Owensboro Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Constant.

Constant said students have until Aug. 1 to decide if they want to go through with the supplemental year or move on to the next grade level.

A total of 27 DCPS students applied for the program (19 high school, 2 middle school, and 6 elementary school). 

According to Jana Beth Francis, DCPS assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, the families of each student have been contacted and each family will have to sign an agreement pertaining to the supplemental school year. 

“A few students are still on the fence, and we are going to give them the flexibility to not rush this decision,” Francis said. 

Student requests to redo the year had to be made by May 1. School boards had until June 1 to determine if they will accept requests.

May 21, 2021 | 12:06 am

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