Lawmakers agree on calamity day plan

Schools will have to make up calamity days No. 6 through 9, but days 10 through 13 will be forgiven.
TNS Regional News
Mar 13, 2014

 

As a winter storm moved across Ohio, state lawmakers gave final approval to a compromise deal on how many calamity days school districts must make up for the 2013-14 academic year.

Existing state law allows schools to close for five calamity days but requires days beyond that to be made up. It also required districts to identify make up days in their calendar.

Under the deal approved Wednesday, schools will have to make up calamity days No. 6, 7, 8, and 9 by either adding class days or holding “blizzard bag” days that many districts have already completed. Districts that missed more than nine days would be forgiven calamity days No. 10, 11, 12 and 13.

“It’s snowing outside. We need to pass this immediately,” quipped state Rep. Gerald Stebleton, R-Lancaster, chairman of the House Education Committee.

The House voted 87-5 while the Senate voted unanimously in favor on the final version of the bill that now moves to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for signature. Once signed and filed with the Secretary of State, it’ll take immediate effect.

School officials will be granted more flexibility in how they make up the days: extending school days, holding class on days previously scheduled as off, or tacking them onto the end of the year.

The state also allows districts under a “blizzard bag” program to send work home with students or post assignments online and have that count as make up time.

Next year there will be far less debate over calamity days, no matter how bad the winter weather is. Ohio law changes to require a set number of instructional hours instead of days: 910 hours for full-day kindergarten through sixth grade and 1,001 hours for seventh through 12th grade.

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By Laura A. Bischoff - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

methodman

Here we go with the comment section. Let the games begin. Lol.

WASP71

I say make up the even numbers and forgive the odd ones...or make up the odd and forgive the even. But to make up 6-9 and forgiving 10-13 is just ridiculous!

coolstorybro

I agree with wasp. Not everyone is beyond day #9. We should be allowed up to 9. (For this year) and anything after that be made up. It makes no sense to make up days 6-9 but forgive 10-13. Why not just make it simple, anything after 9 you make up. Wouldn't that make sense ?!?!?!?

Windy

That would make sense, but remember that we're dealing with politicians. They are very good at taking something simple and complicating it.

Dr. Information

If it is all about the children and their safety AND education, lets just make up all the missed days. I think children should be in school, not given days off. Sorry teach, this is what you signed up for.

former local

The same legislators who vote to cut the number of school days, are the same ones who complain about low test scores! Does anyone else see the problem here???