DAYTON, OHIO: Various Ohio schools have canceled classes this week amid another round of extreme cold, pushing some past the number of days students are allowed to miss without having to attend makeup days at the end of the year.
Like many other districts in Ohio, most schools in the Dayton region have reached their maximum number of five calamity days, the Dayton Daily News reported. More than 15 schools in the region missed at least six days because of the weather.
“It’s a very, very strange year,” said Eric Herman, superintendent of Troy City Schools in western Ohio. “The extremes have been crazy.”
As districts across the state surpass their calamity days, some have begun allowing students to make up for the missed time with “blizzard bags,” which give them access to schoolwork either online or with hard copies.
John Charlton, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education, said his children had their first “blizzard bag” day on Thursday after the Cambridge City School District in eastern Ohio reached its sixth calamity day.
“You can imagine the kids are not happy,” Charlton said, but added that many parents are glad their children have something to do on unscheduled days off, especially if they have to join them at their workplace.
Next school year, under changes approved by the Legislature, school districts will be allowed to track missed school time by hours instead of days. That will allow districts to avoid tacking on additional days at the end of the year if they want, and instead add, for example, a half-hour to the end of a certain amount of regularly scheduled school days.