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Graves Co. School Dist. to use special election day as 'non-traditional instruction' day


The Graves County School District has big plans for Tuesday, Jan. 26.

That’s the day of a special election in Graves County and the district’s first opportunity to introduce the Non-Traditional Instruction, or NTI, waiver day.

It’s a productive alternative to missing school, due to unforeseen circumstances, ranging from inclement weather to an outbreak of flu. This specially-called wet/dry election day provides a perfect opportunity to try it out because the election was scheduled after the school district’s calendar was set.

The Kentucky Department of Education selected Graves County as one of the school districts to pioneer NTI this year. It means the district’s teachers will deliver content in a digital or hard copy format for students to use during the day(s) when school is closed.

Students will be counted in attendance upon completing work their teachers assign. Staff will be available for students and parents to contact them for assistance or to answer questions via email or telephone during that NTI day.

“We’re very excited about this alternative to missing school and make-up days,” said Graves County Schools director of pupil personnel Christy Puckett. “Our plans offer strong content in both electronic and hard copy formats and teachers are available for one-to-one assistance to students and parents. It really is a win/win situation because of tools available in the 21st century.”

She said the school district sought and received approval from the Kentucky Department of Education to use the special election day as the first opportunity to implement NTI in Graves County.

Four of the Graves County Schools’ seven elementary schools serve as election polling locations: Lowes, Sedalia, Symsonia, and Wingo.

“In many ways, this opportunity is ideal,” she added. “We’re not introducing new content, but rather working with lessons following up on ideas already studied in class. Of course, that is a standard part of teaching – to follow up.”

“We knew earlier in the school year that KDE approved us for this project, so we used our professional development time well on the Nov. 3rd election day. All of our schools and teachers worked that day to develop lessons for students to use on our first NTI day," Puckett said. "Now, it turns out our first time to try out NTI will be the Jan. 26th election day because it was scheduled after our school calendar was created and approved. Of course, we want this to succeed, so we’ve been sending information from the schools throughout the year to parents, explaining how NTI days will work, how communication will take place, and similar details. We’re very excited about our first effort and, undoubtedly, will learn from the experience to make it better next time.”

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