Kentucky Senate Bill 128 has been approved by both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Beshear. This bill allows K-12 students currently enrolled in public or non-public schools to request to use the 2021-22 school year as a supplemental year. The student can retake and/or supplement coursework already completed.
Boyle County Schools wants to take this opportunity to share some of the facts related to this bill so that parents/guardians can make an informed decision about whether they would choose to have their child request to use the supplemental year. These requests must be submitted to Central Office by May 1, 2021. The parent/guardian may rescind this request at a later time.
Boyle County Schools will make a decision by June 1, 2021 on whether to approve all or none of the requests for SB 128. Schools are not allowed to decide on an individual basis. If the District decides to accept requests for a supplemental year, all requests will accepted, and if it is decided not to accept requests for a supplemental year, no requests will be accepted.
Here is a list of considerations surrounding the SB 128 decision:
The Supplemental School Year Program was established for students to “retake or supplement courses or grades the student has already taken.” That is, courses taken during the supplemental year must be those the student previously was enrolled in or bear a reasonable connection to previous courses to be supplementary in nature.
Due to requirements above, there will be limitations on the course offerings for students repeating grades 6-12.
Students will receive the grade they earn in a retaken course. At the high school level, both the original grade and the new grades will remain on the transcript, but only the retaken grade will figure into the GPA.
Graduated seniors who return and wish to take postsecondary coursework during the 2021-22 year must pursue dual enrollment, rather than dual credit coursework. They would no longer be eligible for Dual Credit or Work Ready Dual Credit scholarships during the 2021-22 year.
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 may participate in extracurricular activities. At the high school level, they must meet KHSAA age and other eligibility requirements. If the student is 19 before August 1, 2021, they will be ineligible for KHSAA sports during the 2021-22 school year.
Parents/guardians who would like to request a supplemental school year allowing their student to repeat the current grade level during the 2021-22 school year must complete the Google Form by May 1, 2021.