Dear TC Students and Families:
As you may already know, legislation was passed that allows Kentucky students a supplemental year in school. Kentucky Senate Bill 128 also referred to as KY SB 128 and known by some as the “redshirt” or 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 would choose to have your child request to use the supplemental year. These requests must be submitted to the board office using the google form linked below by May 1, 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 permitted under the legislation to decide on an individual basis but the decision must apply to all applicants. Therefore, If the board makes a decision to accept requests for a supplemental year, all requests will be accepted and if the board makes a decision to not accept requests for a supplemental year, all requests will be denied.
Below are a few benefits and concerns surrounding the SB 128 decision for your child. Please call the Trimble Co. Board of Education with questions you may have.
- 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 who fail a high school course can retake that same course for credit.
- Students who experienced learning loss because of the pandemic will have a full year of in person instruction.
- Students may participate in extracurricular activities as long as they meet KHSAA age and other eligibility requirements.
- Students will be returning to school with a new class of students as the vast majority of students in their grade will be promoted to the next grade.
- 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.
- Students cannot explore new elective class offerings in “supplemental” year.
- Students may not be academically challenged by repeating the same class/courses.
- If the student is 19 before August 1st, 2021, they will be ineligible for KHSAA sports during the 2021-22 school year.
- KHEAA guidance states that graduated seniors who return are not eligible for dual credit or work ready scholarships. Transcripts are locked upon graduation, including GPA pursuant to KRS 158.140, meaning a returning, graduated senior cannot change their GPA as a result of returning for a supplemental year.
Please seriously consider all aspects concerning your child, prior to applying for the supplemental school year. Request Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTbEB15EDFvKgSPIQ_Pm1ut8rK4EHIBjkO8YefCmTEmbR85Q/viewform?usp=sf_link