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Monroeville approves ‘alternative’ plan

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

Monroeville Schools is the latest area district to jump on the “blizzard bags” bandwagon.

At a meeting Monday, all five board members approved an “alternative makeup plan,” which could substitute online assignments for any future days off, as well as Wednesday’s calamity day.

Students will have two weeks from an assignment’s posting day to complete it, and if they do so, they will receive credit for attending one day of class, according to Ohio Department of Education guidelines.

If districts have exhausted all five of their statepermitted calamity days, the fairly new option allows them to avoid scheduling makeup class days at the end of the school year.

As of Wednesday, Monroeville Schools had canceled classes nine days this year.

State legislators are expected to vote as early as next Wednesday on a plan to grant Ohio districts four more free cancellation days this year. Until then, many districts are arranging to make up their missed class time using alternative methods.

“Our students in grades five through 12 have access to Chromebooks, so we plan to utilize the technology our district purchased if we choose to use this option,” Monroeville school board president Nancy Brown said.

At the start of the school year, only four of the 16 districts in the Register’s coverage area had approved alternative calamity day makeup plans, commonly called “blizzard bags” — Bellevue, Benton-Carroll-Salem, Danbury and Edison Schools.

As of Wednesday, however, four more districts — Clyde-Green Springs, Monroeville and Norwalk schools and EHOVE Career Center — had approved resolutions, which will be effective for Wednesday’s calamity day and any future canceled days.

Huron Schools plans to adopt a similar proposal at its special meeting next Tuesday, according to the updated meeting agenda posted yesterday to the district’s website.

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