Smith Announces House Approval Of Additional Calamity Days
Schools may also use teacher work days
February 19, 2014
 
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State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed legislation 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.


“It’s important that we continue to keep the safety of students a top priority when making decisions on when schools should and should not be canceled,” Rep. Smith said. “This bill will provide more flexibility to our local districts as we try to get past the extreme cold and snow that we have had this year.”


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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