What SB 128 Does and Does Not Do for Students
SB 128 does allow students to “redo” an academic year. The coursework will be the same coursework that was taken by the student in 20-21.
At the high school level, students that “redo” are only offered the content classes that they took in 20-21. For example, If the student took Algebra 1 in 20-21, they would retake Algebra 1 again. They may also take supplement classes that have a logical connection to classes that they passed in the 20-21 school year.
At the elementary and middle school level the grade would be repeated.
Utilizing SB 128 will likely delay the graduation date of the student due to postponing progress toward necessary minimum state and local graduation requirements.
SB 128 does allow for graduated seniors to return for an extra year BUT GPA and KEES money are locked in at the time of receiving the diploma. Dual credit college courses are not an option, but dual enrollment is possible for a graduated senior. Dual enrollment courses are subject to full tuition rates vs. reduced rates for dual credit courses.
SB 128 does provide for an extra year of athletic or co-curricular eligibility. However, KHSAA age requirements are to be followed for KHSAA sanctioned sports.
SB 128 does allow the local school board to make the decision to offer a supplemental year for students. If the board elects to vote yes to allow for the supplemental year, all students have the opportunity. If the board votes no, no one is allowed the supplemental year. HOWEVER, whether or not a board decides to approve the supplemental year, students can still be retained pursuant to longstanding promotion and retention guidance. No student may be retained without prior consultation with parents (see KDE Guidance from KDE on Supplemental School Year).
SB 128 does not allow students to take any classes that are not repetitive or closely related to the original standards associated with the original course. For example, a student that took biology in 20-21 would not be able to take a chemistry class in lieu of that biology class.
SB 128 does not account for the unique nature of each district in regards to growth and student capacity in their buildings.
SB 128 does not account for potential student boredom when they repeat the same class as they just completed.
SB128 does not address the concerns about retention. Many studies indicate retention is not the best choice for most students.
SB128 does not account for summer school and Extended School Services offerings by the district and schools that can mitigate concerns over missed learning.
For more information visit: https://education.ky.gov/districts/Documents/SB%20128%20Guidance.pdf
If you are interested in signing up for the supplemental year, please notify our Director of Student Services, Eric Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will place your name on the list of those interested. The state deadline to submit your interest is May 1st.
Please reach out to Mr. Davis if you have questions that are not answered here.
The board will take action on this matter at the regular May board meeting.