Edmonson Voice Staff
When snow or other inclement weather causes schools to close, kids jump for joy, at least until they're still in school in or near June because of make up days. The Edmonson County School Board has announced that they will be implementing the NTI Program (Non-Traditional Instruction Program) into the 2016-17 school year, something that can eliminate some of those make up days.
The program will allow students to make up work at home after a total of 10 days missed, instead of adding a make up day to the school calendar. Director of Pupil Personnel Brian Alexander said there has been a growing trend in the program and that it has been successful in other local school systems.
"After missing 10 days, we'll be able to send work home with students and credit them a day of instruction," he said. "We will provide the proper avenues for parents to communicate with teachers during these days, whether it be through phone or email."
He also said that success of the program will rely heavily on cooperation with everyone, as the program requires a minimum of 95% participation within a school district in order to receive credit for the day. 94% or below will result in a wasted day that will have to be made up.
"It's important that everyone works together on this, if not, it won't work," Alexander said. "However, we feel like this will be a success here."
A recent survey held by the board showed 82% of the questionnaires in favor of implementing the program.