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Sandusky Schools sets summer days

Alissa Widman Neese • Mar 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

It’s official: Sandusky Schools students will attend four extra days of classes this summer, after losing a slew of instruction to brutal weather this winter.

The additional mandatory school days: June 4, 5, 6 and 9, according to a statement released Tuesday.

High school seniors, who will graduate June 1, are not required to attend.

The plan could be considered a bargain, thanks to some relief from state legislators.

This past week, the Ohio House and Senate agreed to increase the number of state-permitted calamity days from five to nine this school year. Using a calamity day means a district can cancel a school day without consequences, for inclement weather or other emergency issues.

The bill is now on Gov. John Kasich’s desk, awaiting final approval.

Almost every school in the region is well beyond the nine calamity day limit, with Sandusky Schools canceling classes an unprecedented 13 days this school year.

Without the newly approved bill, the district’s summer make-up days could have doubled.

The bill also allows districts to utilize other means to make up the missed time, such as online options, individual school day extensions or “blizzard bags.” Additionally, it exempts high school seniors from attending makeup days after their originally scheduled graduation date, to avoid scheduling conflicts.

Ultimately, Sandusky Schools officials decided tacking on additional school days was the best fit for their students.

“We reviewed a number of options of how we could make up the days, including online assignments known as ‘blizzard bags,’ but we felt that the best educational option for students would occur when our faculty and staff are engaging them with in-class instruction,” David Danhoff, the district’s chief of staff and transformation officer, said in the statement.

Sandusky Schools officials plan to send letters home to district parents, detailing specifics of the school year extension, according to the statement. They will also post the information on the district’s website.

Parents with questions should contact Danhoff at 419-984-1015 or ddanhoff@scs-k12.net  .

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