Frigid temperatures this month have left school districts with little choice but to cancel classes. Ohio requires a minimum of 182 days in the school year, including five days to cover emergencies (such as inclement weather) that force closings. Districts have to make up for lost instructional time after the “calamity” days.

With several weeks of winter still ahead, some districts, including the Akron Public Schools, already have used up their calamity days and then some. What then? How should districts make up for the lost days?

Gov. John Kasich wants legislators to offer options so that districts will not have to tag on make-up days in June. That way, he argues, school officials considering weather conditions will keep the focus on safety. He is concerned, too, that extending the school year “can wreak havoc with schools’ budgets and schedules.”

Student safety is a first priority, certainly. One would assume school officials err on the side of safety whenever they cancel school. Extending the school year in June should present no great inconvenience to school budgets and schedules — or to parents, for that matter, if districts set dates and inform the public well enough ahead of time for parents to factor it into family plans. Further, the issue of calamity days will be moot when Ohio switches in the coming school year to reckoning the school year in hours of instruction rather than days, with more flexibility for districts to adjust the length of the school day.