Calamity Day Rules Change For Ohio Schools


UPDATED: Monday July 8, 2013 6:41 PM

A new law change for Ohio is designed to make it easier for school districts to make up for lost time.

The change will mean that schools will be counting hours, not days, when having to close for emergency situations.

Districts will still make the call to keep students home for the day, or delay the start of school, for weather or other uncontrollable events.

How that time is made up will now change.

Currently, the minimum school year is 182 days, but districts are allowed up to five calamity, or snow days, each year.

Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, the minimum school year will be measured in hours. It will mean 910 hours for the those in the 1st through 8th grade, excluding lunch; and 1,001 hours for grades 9th through 12th , again excluding lunch.

There are NO Calamity days.

Lawmakers, who favor this change, says it gives schools the flexibility to make up snow days by extending a few hours during the school year rather than adding days at the end of the year.

Several school districts we spoke with say it's too early to say if that would be an option they will choose.

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