By Kevin Kelley
Students in the Fairview Park City Schools will be in the classroom April 21 to make up time lost to a snow day earlier this year.
Originally, the district’s calendar listed April 18, which Christians observe as Good Friday, and April 21, the day after Easter, as vacation days. But the district called off school six times this winter because of severe winter weather.
Under state law, schools are permitted five calamity days. Earlier this month, the state legislature passed a bill that grants schools four additional calamity days if they make up four days of classes first.
The bill gave schools several options for making up the days. They can hold classes during days originally designated as holidays, as Fairview Park City Schools has done, or they can add days at the end of the school year. Districts can also add 30 minutes to the end of the school day for 11 days to make up for a lost day. Or they can use “blizzard bags,” assigned homework to be done on snow days.
“By adding the make-up day to the calendar in April, we can provide students and teachers the opportunity for additional preparation time for that OAA’s (Ohio Achievement Assessments) and AP (Advanced Placement) testing, which are taking place in late April,” read a statement the district sent to parents via e-mail.
Messiah Lutheran School missed seven days due to weather, said its principal, Helen Casselberry, so two days need to be made up. Classes were held March 21, which had been scheduled as an in-service day for teachers. The other day will be made up through “blizzard bags, Casselberry said.
St. Angela Merici School cancelled classes seven days this winter due to the snow, principal Christine Bopp said. The blizzard bag option was used to make up for lost classroom time, she said, so no additional days will need to be added to the school calendar.