BETSY LAYNE — The Floyd County Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to allow shortened school days or weeks for students with special needs.
Normally, students with special needs are required to have as many instructional hours as other students. To shorten a student’s hours, that individual student’s Admissions and Releases Committee (ARC) — a panel made up of the student’s parents and teachers — would have to provide written evidence of the need from a qualified physician.
The school would then apply to the Board of Education, which would, in turn, notify the Kentucky Department of Education. At every step in the chain, the student’s medical confidentiality will be protected.
Already one ARC at Prestonsburg Elementary School undertook the application process for a student enrolled there.