Of the area’s 16 school districts, 10 have logged double-digit cancellations, as of Tuesday. The state only permits five weather-related cancellations per school year, and requires students make up all other canceled days.
Area superintendents contend this year’s numbers are virtually unprecedented.
They’re utilizing a combination of methods to make up the missed class time, including “blizzard bags,” which allow students to make up assignments at home and receive credit for school days.
District leaders are left in a state of limbo, however, as they await the outcome of two pieces of legislation that could alter makeup plans statewide:
•A bill granting every district four more free weather-related cancellations this school year.
•A bill excusing high school seniors from makeup days slated to occur after their scheduled graduation days, typically in June.
The Ohio Department of Education already agreed to allow districts an extra week for standardized testing this year, expanding the timeframe to three weeks, from April 21 and May 16. The expansion only affects Ohio Achievement Tests, which includes students in third grade through eighth grade.