Ohio House Approves Hill Legislation On Additional Calamity Days
Schools may also use teacher work days
February 19, 2014
 
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State Representatives Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) and Tony Burkley (R-Payne) announced today that the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation they sponsored to increase the number of calamity days that school districts are allocated for the 2013-2014 school year.


House Bill 416 would allow two additional calamity days, as well as allow for two additional professional development days for teachers that may count toward the required minimum number of school days. Schools are currently allotted five calamity days for the year, with school districts making up days beyond the fifth.


“The safety and well-being of our children must be the top priority for our local school districts. House Bill 416 will alleviate some of the pressure on school superintendents when they are deciding whether or not to cancel school because they have already used their allotment of calamity days,” Rep. Hill said. “Concern about calamity days should never outweigh the safety of our children.”


“The severity of the weather and a seemingly unrelenting cold snap has caused many districts around the state to consume all of their five calamity days long before today,” Rep. Burkley said. “More than a third of the state’s school districts have already used up their days. This bill will provide the districts with needed flexibility.”


In addition to calamity days, schools already have the ability to make up three days through the use of “blizzard bags,” which are lesson plans and teaching materials prepared in advance of inclement weather. Starting with the 2014-2015 school year, schools will be switching from a measurement of days to hours for minimum instruction time.


House Bill 416 will now be under consideration by the Ohio Senate.

 
 
 
  
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