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Not-so-fab four for area district

Sandusky Register Staff • Mar 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Margaretta Schools students are the latest to learn they’ll sacrifice some summer this year.

They’ll attend four extra days of classes in June, after losing 12 to brutal winter weather.

The additional mandatory school days: June 5, 6, 9 and 10, according to a revised calendar released Wednesday.

High school seniors, who will graduate June 7, are not required to attend the final two days.

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, through House Bill 416. Using a calamity day means a district can cancel classes without consequences, for inclement weather or other emergency issues.

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

In order to use the bill’s four extra days, however, districts must first host the equivalent of four makeup days.

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, Margaretta Schools officials went with simply tacking on four traditional days to the end of the school year, in order to waive their last three using House Bill 416.

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