Kasich Signs Bill Giving Ohio Schools 4 Extra Calamity Days

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill giving Ohio schools four extra calamity days.

Kasich was surrounded Wednesday by fifth-grade students from Stingel Elementary School in north-central Ohio. He received letters in support of the measure from some of the students.

Snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures led many districts to exhaust the school year’s five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time. The bill lets districts use the additional calamity 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 increments tacked onto regularly scheduled days. They also have the option of using work-at-home “blizzard bags” and online lessons.

The law takes effect immediately.

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7 comments

  • ANGELA

    Am I the only one that thinks this does NOT make any sense?! How does giving FOUR extra calamity days mean, “The bill lets districts use the additional calamity days only after holding school on four other scheduled days off, such as holidays or during vacations”? Doesn’t giving the extra days mean the days do not need to be made up?

    • Sabrinna

      Basically it means me and my other fifth grade friends don’t have to spend 20+ days at school. we can just subtract four days from the 20+. my school did owe five days and now we owe one. BTW I was one of the kids that was there from Stingel Elementary.

  • Sabrinna

    I am one of those fifth graders that was there today and I’ll have you know we don’t want to spend 20+ days of our summer at school and NONE of us are dumb. You are dumb for thinking that.

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