Students able to make up calamity days at home
Fifteen area school districts in the Miami Valley, as well as a couple of private schools, have taken steps to allow students to make up calamity days at home if the weather turns bad this winter.Betsy Chadd, director of curriculum and gifted services for Schools, said her district opted into the program this school year and 2011 12, the first year it was available.Chadd noted technology is becoming “a bigger and bigger part of our curriculum offerings,” she said. “For convenience reasons, it gives us an opp timberland boots for women ortunity for students to complete work and we would not have to add days to the calendar.”Districts are required to give students two weeks to turn in the make up work to their teachers. “Blizzard bags,” the term used for physical copies of the assigned work, also are available for those who may not have Internet access at home.Participating districts were required to pass a resolution by Aug. 1. Statewide, about 120 of the state’s 613 school districts opted in, as well as about 20 private schools, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Local Superintendent Gregg Morris recalled that two winters ago when districts were given only three calamity days his district ended up using nine calamity days so they had to make up six.Last year’s very mild winter resulted in his district using zero calamity days so the online lesson plans were never used.Those plans may be updated for use this winter, for which the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting “plenty of cold and snow” for the eastern half of th timberland boots for women e Uni timberland boots for women ted States.’s Assistant Superintendent Brian Kuhn said teachers must have their plans posted on the teacher web pages and hard copies available at the principal’s office by the end of Oct timberland boots for women ober.