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Plowing ahead with make-up days

March 12, 2014 - Rob Weaver
A compromise on a bill granting Ohio schools extra calamity days enabled legislators to send the proposal to Gov. John Kasich for his signature Wednesday -- ironically, as snow and wind closed schools for another day.

The compromise allows school districts to exempt graduating seniors from having to make up days after commencement exercises.

The measure -- which grants districts four more snow days -- itself represents a compromise for schools that have missed more than nine days due to weather. They still will have to find ways to make up lost instructional time.

But first, districts would have to schedule classes on holidays or spring break. That last option could run into snags with teacher contracts and parental travel plans.

However, schools do have some latitude in making up the lost days. School days can be lengthened, and some schools can substitute with take-home work and online lessons.

With a switch to establishing minimum hours for instruction instead of a minimum number of days next school year, this could be the last time calamity days are an issue.

Still, some districts might find the school bus pictured here useful in avoiding instructional time lost to snowy roadways.


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