Parents have until May 1 to complete survey for do-over year

The Russell County School District is trying to gauge how much interest parents and students have in taking advantage of SB 128 (commonly referred to as the do-over bill).

This bill will allow K-12 students to apply for a supplemental school year in response to pandemic-related disruptions in education.

The supplemental school year allows students to repeat, retake, or supplement courses or grade levels already completed.

Parents have until May 1 to complete a brief survey indicating interest for their children to participate in the program. Filling out the survey DOES NOT lock a student into the SB 128 program, and parents will have until May 31 to rescind their request.

Russell County Schools Superintendent Michael Ford said he encourages parents who are interested in signing their students up for the extra year to fill out the survey so the board of education has an accurate number of how many students want to participate.

According to the bill, the board has to either accept or deny all applications for the program. The board cannot selectively choose which applicants are granted the extra year and which ones are not.

The Board of Education will review the applications and make a determination to grant the supplemental school year by June 1.

The survey can be accessed here.

The district released more information about SB 128, which can be found here.

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