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Covington kids get extended summer vacation after flooding damages school

Posted at 5:04 PM, Aug 07, 2019

COVINGTON, Ky — Kids in Covington will get a little extra time added to their summer vacation after flooding damages to some of the public schools forced school officials to push back Fall start dates.

Covington Independent Public Schools made the announcement this week, changing its start date from August 15 to September 3.

"Yeah, they were happy when they found out they have another week or two left extra," said Darrel Kirk, whose children attend the Covington schools.

A burst pipe at John G. Calisle caused the school to flood; damages were also seen at Holmes Campus.

In a letter to parents, superintendent Alvin Garrison wrote, "We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause, but given the condition of our school buildings, we slected the best solution for our students, parents and staff."

For some parents, however, pushing back the start of school may be a bit of a headache.

"It kind of threw us off," said Kirk. "Because...I work first shift and it's hard to get a babysitter."

The school board is working to finalize changes to the calendar, which parents can expect to see by the end of the month. They're also planning to look into extending the schools' summer lunch program to ensure kids who need it will be fed.