SB 128 – The Supplemental School Year Bill

Kentucky Senate Bill 128 has been approved by the Kentucky General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Beshear. This bill, also known as the “redshirt” or the “do-over” bill, allows K-12 students currently enrolled in public schools to request to use the 2021-2022 school year as a supplemental year. The student can retake and/or supplement coursework already completed.

In order for parents to make an informed decision about whether they would choose to have their child request to use the supplemental year, Nicholas County Schools is providing the following information.

  • The Supplemental School Year Program was established for students to “retake or supplement courses of grades the student has already taken.” That means courses taken during the supplemental year (2021-2022 only) must be those the student was enrolled in the previous year, 2020-2021.
  • Students in grades K-8 requesting to use the supplemental year will follow the district’s current retention policy and repeat the grade they were enrolled in during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Students in grades 9-12 requesting to use the supplemental year may choose to retake courses taken during the 2020-2021 or take courses that will supplement courses already taken this school year.
  • 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.
  • High school students and fifth year students, those who graduated with the class of 20-21, choosing to use the supplemental year will meet with the high school guidance counselor in mid-July to develop an individualized course plan to address the specific academic issues related to the addition of the supplemental year.
  • Graduated seniors who return for a fifth year during the 2021-2022 year will take courses via dual enrollment, online/VLO courses, CTE courses and/or work based courses. They will not be eligible for Dual Credit scholarships during the 2021-2022 year.
  • Students may participate in extracurricular activities. At the middle and high school level, they must meet KHSAA age and other eligibility requirements. If the student is 19 before August 1st of 2021, they will be ineligible for KHSAA sports during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Parent requests for supplemental year consideration of their student must be submitted to our central office by May 1st, 2021.
  • The Board of Education will make a decision by June 1st, 2021 on whether to approve all or none of the requests for SB 128. If our Board decides to accept requests for a supplemental year, we will accept all requests.

If you would like to request a supplemental school year allowing your student to repeat the current grade level during the 2021-2022 school year, please complete the form at the link below and submit it prior to May 1st.

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