UPDATE: Ohio Gov. Adds Calamity Days

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/26/2014 4:35 PM

Help from the governor's office for Ohio schools trying to get enough class time following a tough winter.

Governor Kasich signed a bill giving schools four extra calamity days.

Most school districts across the state used all of their five calamity days.

Schools will be able to use the additional days only after holding school on four other scheduled days off, such as holidays or during vacations.

Districts can continue to make up missed days through 30-minute blocks tacked onto regularly scheduled days.

They also have the option of using work-at-home "blizzard bags" and online lessons.


UPDATE 2/10/2014 3:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio proposal would let high school seniors be excused from certain school days their district must make up because of weather-related closures.

Under the Senate bill, districts could let seniors skip the make-up days if they are slated to occur after their scheduled graduation ceremonies. The bill, which was introduced last week, would only apply to the current school year.

Many schools have used their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, meaning they have to extend the school year with makeup days.

Gov. John Kasich advocated for adding extra calamity days on a one-time basis because of this season's severe weather.

A House proposal would let school districts take up to four additional weather-related days off this year. It's cleared a House panel.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich says school districts around the state need their number of weather-related days off increased to accommodate this year's unusually severe weather.

On Monday, the Republican governor called on state lawmakers and the Ohio Department of Education to act to add a few extra calamity days to school calendars on a one-time basis.

Kasich says many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. That means districts will have to extend the school year, which he says would "wreak havoc" on school budgets and schedules.

His call came as the second deep freeze this month was forecast. Temperatures in some areas of Ohio were heading into double digits below zero Monday night.

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