Schools adapt to missed days

Today isn’t official makeup day in Sandusky
Alissa Widman Neese
Feb 6, 2014


Sandusky Schools officials and the Ohio Department of Education have sorted out the confusion regarding today’s newly arranged day of classes.

Simply put: Although all Sandusky Schools students are required to attend class today, the seat time will not count toward making up days missed because of inclement weather.

Each Ohio district is required to adopt a calendar of at least 182 days, according to state regulations. Of those 182 days, two can be used for professional development, while five are permitted “calamity days,” leaving 175 instructional days.

Of those minimum 175 days, districts can request four additional “waiver days,” which are deducted from the 175 days, but still counted as days of classroom instruction. They’re typically used for staff meetings, as students are not in class, and are also known as “in-service days”

The two aforementioned professional development days can be switched to a makeup calamity day, but the requested additional “waiver days” — such as today at Sandusky Schools — cannot.

Nonetheless, today’s classroom time will hardly be wasted, Sandusky Schools chief academic officer Julie McDonald said.

“With all these cancellations, our students are missing out on a pretty hefty chunk of instructional time in front of our staff” McDonald said. “Those are precious hours”

As of Wednesday, the district had canceled classes a likely unprecedented 10 times this school year.

Because the state only allows its districts five free cancellations each school year, students must make up the other five days of missed instruction. Each Ohio district determines its own state-approved makeup plan. Sandusky Schools plans to tack on the makeup days to the end of the school year.

At this time, the district does not plan on utilizing an “alternative makeup plan,” such as blizzard bags, McDonald said.


The Don

I really don't understand this. I appreciate the fact that kids missed school and education and going to school today to make up the loss of class time, but why not count it as a makeup day? The makeup days at the end of the year will most likely be a waste of time and money. They will not be preparing for a test in June! So what good would it do honesty? Everyone knows the last week of school is always very very relaxed. Also my daughter was sent home with a blizzard bag last week, only to be used as extra credit. I would much rather have the makeup days during the year and have them actually count toward her education rather it just showed that she was in school for 175 days. Go to school to learn now and prepare for tests not go at the end of the year and do nothing! Just doesn't make sense!


I disagree that you go to school to prepare for tests. You go to school to learn. Yes you can be tested on that knowledge, but you are taught to learn the knowledge not just to be tested on it.

The Don

I didn't say they go to school to prepare for test. I was saying. They won't be learning anything at the end of the year. Put it to good use learn now. All my daughter does is prepare for test. That's is all they talk about in school. "OAA Testing be prepared it coming again in spring". She in the 3rd grade and she already worries about these test.


It is all they do, prepare for THE TEST. They are taught what is ON THE TEST. They skip parts of the text books that are not on the test, only to learn the parts that are on the test. If there are things that are not in the book that are on the test, they get a workbook (that cost extra in the school fees) or a copied packet. Once "THE TEST" is over...the rest of the school year is pretty much skated thru. I also do not understand the point of the OGT ...once you pass it why do kids even bother finishing high school? I mean you passed THE TEST. Now they are going to do away with the OGT I hear. So why are they wasting money on the kids still taking it?
There are alot of things I teach my kids that the school seems to not find important anymore. If I was starting over with little ones, homeschooling would be a serious consideration for me.


If it's not on THE TEST it is not taught. Everything evolves around THE TEST it is all that matters. The make up days will be movie days.

Kobayashi Maru

If you have a problem with THE TEST take it up with THE STATE LEGISLATURE or THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION or THE GOVERNOR. They are the ones who want to determine state funding based on THE TEST. It would be dumb of the teachers not to work toward their students passing THE TEST.


There is a difference between "working toward the test" and TEACHING ONLY what's on the test!