Extra Calamity Days Mean Home Assignments for CMSD

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CLEVELAND--Many school districts across the area went over their allotted five calamity days for the year, including the Cleveland Metropolitan School District which closed eight times this winter because of the snow and cold.

On Tuesday night, the school board approved a plan which will allow students to make up classes at home without extending the school year.

"I really appreciate them giving the thought to have them do school work at home because it also holds the parents accountable," said Nicole Hart of Cleveland.

"Some kids won't get the work done. Some kids will, but it's kind of good because they won't want to make up the last three days of school," added Carlos Banks of Cleveland.

Students will receive home assignments next week and must turn in those assignments by April 25.  Failure to do so will affect students' grades.

"Do you want to do work on your break? I fee like the kids are probably not going to meet the achievement of that," said Coretta Wells of Cleveland.

"I love being accountable for what's going to happen to them," Hart said.

Extending the school year by three days would cost the district $4.6 million. Instead, the school work completed by the students will make up for the three extra calamity days the district used over the winter.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon told the Board on Tuesday night that the district expected attendance to be "spotty" if the school year were extended by three days.

"If they have to give up more of their summer break, kids are not going to come to school," said Hart.

Several schools like Ginn Academy, JFK High School, Jane Adams Business Careers Center and Memorial K-8 School will receive the home assignments but still must make up an extra day because of weather and heating and plumbing problems throughout the winter.

Spring Break for the CMSD is April 14-18, meaning students will have three weeks to complete the at-home assignments.

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