HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson County students will be getting a later than expected start to the upcoming school year. The school board voted Thursday evening to push back the district’s first day.
However, the academic calendar was not the only date decided.
Outside of the Professional Development Center, a group made up of both students and parents gathered in a push to have their opinions heard.
“I’m very disappointed,” parent Bob Poole expressed. “I’ve sent several emails to the board members and gotten no responses.”
Inside the building, Henderson County’s school board met in a special work session.
“It feels like we don’t have a voice whatsoever,” student Aaron Brown said.
The board approved August 26 as the first day of the 2020-2021 school year, which is a postponement of two weeks from its original date.
“I feel like parents should have a choice,” Poole added. “If they’re not comfortable with sending their kid to in-class instruction, they should be able to keep their child at home and do computer NTI instruction.”
The board also approved a first reading of a virtual learning academy as an alternative for students. The program is a complete school year commitment and is fully online with Chromebooks supplied by the district.
“I think choice is important for parents,” Poole stated.
Athletics will start on July 13, but should be no more than 50 students, broken up into groups of 10 for each coach.
Childcare has also been approved at three school sites to also start July 13 with 30 kids per site.
The board will hear the second reading of the virtual learning academy at its next meeting, which is set for July 20.