Extra Snow Days: Calamity Days Compromise Reached

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State lawmakers have struck a compromise on what to do about missed school days around Ohio brought on by the season’s extreme winter weather.

A House-Senate compromise committee approved a bill Tuesday to provide four extra snow days. The panel removed a provision that would have required teachers to undergo professional development training.

The measure would let districts use the additional calamity days only after holding school on four other scheduled days off, such as holidays or during vacations.

The decision followed an impasse last month over two competing versions of the bill.

Snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures have led many districts across Ohio to exhaust the school year’s five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time.

Many districts have canceled classes for nine or more days this year. And another winter storm is expected to hit on Wednesday.

Gov. John Kasich backed adding extra snow days on a one-time basis.

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