June 29, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Buckeye Schools decides makeup plan for calamity days

YORK TOWNSHIP — Buckeye School officials have agreed on a plan to make up the extra calamity days caused by the unusually harsh winter.

Buckeye used nine calamity days and must make up four.

The district will blend extended school days, take-home work packets and a make-up day.

“We tried to be creative in our plan,” Superintendent Brian Williams said “We didn’t think any one option was ideal for us in and of itself, so we came up with a plan that utilized several of the options outlined by the state.”

The plan, approved by the school board at a special meeting Monday morning, will add 30 minutes to 20 school days from April 7 to May 5, making up for two days. One day will be added to the end of the year — May 30. Teachers’ last days will be June 2.

The fourth day will be made up with a “blizzard bag.” Students will be given one assignment for each subject and will have two weeks to complete these assignments, not including spring break.

When students turn them in, they will get credit for a day of attendance.

The assignments will go home with students by Friday and will be due back to their teacher by April 18.

“We hope it’s making the best of a bad situation for all of us,” Williams said.

Williams said that on the extended days, all transportation will be delayed 30 minutes.

Morning kindergarten students will be released 15 minutes later and afternoon kindergarten students will be picked up 15 minutes later and arrive home 30 minutes later, with the older students.

Severe winter weather has pushed most Ohio school districts well over their allotted five calamity days — school days they can miss without having to make them up.

The Ohio General Assembly passed an emergency measure March 12 to allow Ohio Schools four additional calamity days, but only after they had made up four days from their contingency plans.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.