SB 128 – Supplemental School Year Information

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 as KY SB 128 (also known as the “do-over” bill), allows K-12 students currently enrolled in public or non-public schools to request to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental year. Students who choose this option can retake and/or supplement coursework already completed.

Our district wants to take this opportunity to share some of the facts related to this bill so that you can make an informed decision about whether you will choose to have your child request to use the supplemental year. These requests must be submitted to the board office using this SURVEY LINK by May 1, 2021. The student and/or parents may rescind this request at any time before May 31, 2021.

Our school board is required to make a decision by June 1st, 2021 on whether to approve all or none of the requests for SB 128. School districts are not allowed to decide on an individual basis. If our board members decide to accept requests for a supplemental year, we will accept all requests and if we decide not to accept requests for a supplemental year, we will not accept any applications.

Below are a few benefits and concerns surrounding the SB 128 decision for your child. Please contact us with any questions.  (Please note guidance regarding SB 128 is continually being revised and updates will be posted here as they are received.)

Request Survey Link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SB128 (only needs to be completed IF you are considering the supplemental year for your child.)

Important Points

  1. Students must take the end of year assessments for the grade in which they are enrolled-even if they took the same grade's assessment the previous year.
  2. Pursuant to KRS 158.140, students who have met all diploma requirements shall be issued a diploma.  (Transcripts are locked upon graduation - including GPA.  Information from the supplemental year may be included, but grades will be unweighted.)
  3. KHEAA guidance states that graduated seniors who return are not eligible for Dual Credit or Work Ready scholarships.  

Please review the attached documents:

Senate Bill 128
Kentucky Department of Education SB 128 Guidance
Kentucky High School Athletic Association SB 128 Guidance

 

Benefits Concerns
Students may make up/retake classes from prior year or take supplemental classes. For Example, if a high school student was enrolled in US History, they would retake US History, or they could take AP US History as a supplement.

 

Students will be returning to school with a new class of students as the vast majority of students in their grade will be promoted.

 

 

Students who fail a high school course can retake that same course for credit. Students cannot explore new elective class offerings in “supplemental” year.
Students who experienced learning loss because of the pandemic will have a full year of in person instruction. Students may not be academically challenged by repeating the same class/courses.
Students may participate in extracurricular activities as long as they meet KHSAA age and other eligibility requirements. If the student is 19 before August 1st, 2021, they will be ineligible for KHSAA sports during the 2021-22 school year.

 

Again, if you are interested in your child repeating school year 2021-2022 as a supplemental school year, please complete the survey found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SB128

 

 





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