Monroeville approves ‘alternative’ plan

“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”
Alissa Widman Neese
Feb 6, 2014


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.


Everyone is fam...

And many of these students live in rural areas with limited or no internet. What is so horrible about going a couple days extra at the end of the year? Or taking a day off of spring break and canceling a scheduled in service day?


Even those that live in town. I live in a different small town that had a math teacher that want to live stream a class. The kids that lived in the country had internet that could not keep up. And those that were in town the internet in the evening was too slow. (with everyone at home and online our internet bogs down and gets very choppy and lags.) I have seen a lot of comments on newspaper blogs as well as on facebook about these so called blizzard bags and many of them are NOT favorable. I might need to attend the next school board meeting when our school discusses them.

Kobayashi Maru

If I understand everything correctly Blizzard Bags and makeup days won't be an issue starting next year. The state is changing to a minimum-hour scenario instead of the current number of days scenario. Calamity day makeups and blizzard bags should not matter.

Everyone is fam...

With so many people that are against this idea, it makes you wonder why they are insisting on taking this route. Surely someone mentioned internet difficulties. Makes me think this decision was not made for the good of the students, but the convenience of the teachers and administration.