Norwalk High School is canceled classes Thursday so students can travel to Columbus to watch the Truckers' boys basketball team compete in the state tournament that morning.
Norwalk will play Dayton Thurgood Marshall at 10:45 a.m. in the first of 12 games at Value City Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University.
The make-up date will be in June.
The district made a similar move a few years ago when Norwalk's volleyball team reached the state tournament and played on a weekday morning. All students had the day off, and the President's Day holiday was used as the make-up day.
This time, only high school students will miss a day of school.
"Because of our 11 calamity days (so far) and the ever nearer OAA testing dates, the remainder of the Norwalk City Schools (PreK-8) will be in regular session on Thursday," Superintendent Dennis Doughty said in an email to all staff members. "Certainly our support for our team is absolute and our good wishes travel with them to Columbus. Unfortunately, not all of us can make the trip on Thursday."
Doughty's memo appears below in its entirety:
Dear Staff Members:
This is a great time for the Trucker basketball coaches, players, their families and supporters. Qualifying for the state tournament is a great accomplishment and we wish our Truckers good luck in Columbus on Thursday morning. The high school will not have school on Thursday so they are free to travel to Columbus.
(Their make-up day will be scheduled in June)
Because of our 11 calamity days (so far) and the ever nearer OAA testing dates, the remainder of the Norwalk City Schools (PreK-8) will be in regular session on Thursday. Certainly our support for our team is absolute and our good wishes travel with them to Columbus, unfortunately, not all of us can make the trip on Thursday.