Columbus City Schools Announces Calamity Make-Up Day Plan


UPDATED: Thursday December 11, 2008 5:52 PM

Columbus City Schools announced Wednesday that any additional calamity days taken beyond its five state-allotted days will be added at the end of the school year.

The majority of the district's schools were forced to use four of the state-allotted calamity days after the Sept. 14 wind storm.  Eleven Columbus schools used all five allotted calamity days because of the power outages that followed the wind storm.

The last day of class for most Columbus City Schools students is on June 4.

"We believe it is important to share this information as early as possible," said Gene Harris, Columbus City Schools' Superintendent.  "We want our students, parents, and staff to know what our contingency plans are in the event we are forced to cancel classes due to poor weather or other conditions, and for everyone to be prepared and plan accordingly to make up any days, if any and as needed."

Under Ohio law, a public school must be open for instruction with students for at least 182 school days in a school year.

A district may claim up to five calamity days for the following reasons: hazardous weather conditions, disease or epidemic, inoperability of school buses or equipment necessary for the school's operation, damage to a school building, or a temporary utility failure rendering the building unfit for school use.

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