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Schools solidify makeup plans

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

Fear not, students — the school year won’t cut too deep into summer vacation after all.

Thanks to some relief from state legislators, the latest date any local students will be in classes is June 10.

This past week, all area districts provided the Register with their finalized plans to make up days missed because of the area’s ferocious, frigid winter.

Download PDFs of all area makeup day plans below

All district calendar alterations are school board approved, except for Monroeville and Norwalk schools, whose board members are expected to OK them at their regularly scheduled April meetings.

The state law prompting the flurry of changes: House Bill 416, a one-time allowance of four extra calamity days for all Ohio schools, which Gov. John Kasich signed March 26.

The state already allots districts five calamity days each school year, allowing them to cancel classes without consequences forinclement weather or other emergencies.

To use the bill’s four extra days, districts must first host the equivalent of four makeup days of classes.

Simply put: only districts with more than nine cancellations this school year will reap the benefits.

In addition to traditional class days, the bill also allows schools to make up missed time through daily 30-minute increments, online instruction or workat-home “blizzard bags”

Just two local districts, Port Clinton and Put-in-Bay schools, opted for the 30-minute increments, while 11 others took advantage of blizzard bag instruction.

The remaining three districts simply tacked on extra days to the end of the school calendar.

In addition to addressing missed class time, House Bill 416 also exempts high school seniors from attending makeup days after their originally scheduled graduation date, to avoid scheduling conflicts.

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