Work Ethic Certification Seal
From kindergartners to high school seniors, LaRue County Schools students will have an opportunity to develop and be recognized for their work ethic. The district is implementing a new Work Ethic Certification program in the 2019-20 school year to further prepare students for successful transitions to work and education after high school.
“This is all about helping our students develop the habits that lead to success,” said Amanda Reed. “We want all students to learn personal attributes like dependability and working well within a team.”
In addition, the program is designed to improve attendance, grades and students’ involvement in school, the community or the workforce. Students who complete the voluntary criteria each year will be recognized. Graduating seniors will earn special seals on their diplomas.
Work ethic education is now required in all Kentucky public schools, and districts may determine most of their own criteria. The LCS program criteria are as follows.
- For all grades - 96 percent attendance rate with no more than the equivalent of seven excused or unexcused absences. No severe discipline events and no more than two less severe discipline events.
- For third through 12th grade – A minimum C average with no failures.
- All students will receive essential workplace ethics instruction including adaptability, diligence, initiative, knowledge, reliability, remaining drug free and working well with others.
- For elementary students, complete two hours (kindergarten – second grade) or four hours (third-fifth grade) of community service by helping an agency, neighborhood or an individual outside your home.
- For middle and high school students, participate in two of the following activities: School or community sport, school or community extracurricular activity, work-based learning experience, or six hours of community service.
“Work Ethic Certification allows us to be more intentional about teaching the essential skills that employers tell us they need most,” said superintendent David Raleigh. “We know this program will be a win for our students, our local businesses and our overall community.”
School officials are working with employers and community partners to develop additional aspects of the program. Students and families will receive additional information later in the 2019-20 school year.