Hilliard Schools To Use 'Blizzard Bag' Method To Make Up Calamity Days

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UPDATED: Tuesday January 28, 2014 5:53 PM

Hilliard City Schools will use the "blizzard bag" method for making up calamity days if necessary. That means lessons will be posted online and students will have up to two weeks to complete the work.

The district says students who do not have internet access at home will receive the assignment in paper form when they return to school.

"It's been a pretty rough winter. It's been pretty cold," said 8th grader Maren Ninke who attends Hilliard Weaver Middle School.

"I think it's a great, because of a lot of times kids have vacation are schedules and kids don't end up going to school anyways," says her mom, Kim Ninke.

The lessons will be posted on an electronic communication channel by 11:00 a.m. on the calamity day.

Parent Juan Rolan says the district has used its calamity days wisely.

"I think in the subdivisions where the roads are really bad I think it's been appropriate this year," he says.

This tool will only be used if the district uses more than the five allotted calamity days. As of Tuesday, the district has used four days.

Districts are allowed to use blizzard bags to make up three days. After that, the school year will be extended.

Hilliard joins other school districts that have already implemented the blizzard bag method, including Olentangy Local Schools.

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