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Perkins, EHOVE adjust schedules for calamity days

Alissa Widman Neese • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Both schools have exhausted their five state-permitted calamity days.    As of Tuesday morning, Perkins Schools had canceled classes eight days this year, while EHOVE Career Center had canceled six days.

Perkins Schools officials have decided to make up the district’s three extra days at the end of the school year, according to an email Tuesday from superintendent Jim Gunner.

NOTE: The calamity days listed in the graphic above are as of TUESDAY morning; an updated list will be in Thursday's Register.

Initially, the district considered utilizing its Feb. 14 in-service day and Presidents Day to make up for its lost instruction time, Gunner said in a January email.

The plan apparently didn’t pan out, judging by the email Gunner sent to staff members and the Register.

“Given this crazy winter, there have been numerous conversations and discussions about makeup days,” he said in the email. “After giving it careful reconsideration, all makeup days will be added to the end of the school year, as stated in the original calendar adopted by the board of education. No makeup days will be considered in February or during our spring break scheduled in April”

EHOVE Career Center board members, meanwhile, approved an “alternative makeup plan” proposal Monday to substitute online assignments for any future days off.

An extended state deadline let the careertechnical school sign up for the program, but the proposal isn’t retroactive — meaning any existing calamity days still must be tacked onto the end of the school year.

Initially, EHOVE Career Center planned to simply make up all missed time at the end of the school year, superintendent Sharon Mastroianni indicated in a January email.

State legislators are expected to vote as early as Feb. 12 on a plan to grant Ohio districts four more free cancellation days this year. If approved, both Perkins Schools and EHOVE Career Center would not be required to make up any missed days this school year, because both would be within the newly proposed nine calamity day limit.

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