“We are appreciative of the General Assembly’s quick actions to address the many needs facing our schools in eastern Kentucky after the historic flooding. In our regular discussions with these superintendents, some of their top concerns were how soon they could get their students in school, how they would meet the mandatory number of attendance days for students and how they could assist their teachers.
“This special session has addressed those issues by allocating over $200 million for disaster relief, including $40 million to KDE for school cleanup, repair and wraparound services. The bill also includes up to 15 student attendance days to be waived and expands the use of remote instruction for our students and emergency leave for educators in our flood-impacted districts. We know much more remains to be done to get these schools and districts whole again and we look forward to working with the legislature in January to help ensure their needs are being met.”
Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Commissioner and Chief Learner
Kentucky Department of Education