By Susan Hartley
January 30, 2014
By Sheryl Roadcap
For the Daily Call
PIQUA – Thursday evening the Piqua City School’s Board of Education covered a commonly discussed topic as of late – the amount of snow days that local schools are amassing.
Piqua School’s Superintendent Rick Hanes said that after parent-teacher conferences and other professional meetings, out of the Ohio mandated 182 school days, Piqua is actually only in session approximately 180 regular days of classes, and currently are allowed up to seven calamity days (or snow days). So far, Piqua schools have already used six – meaning they only have one day left.
He also noted that Springcreek Elementary has also already taken two additional days due to water problems, so it is already one day over the allotted days given. So, with the extreme weather this winter, this may very likely present a problem for city schools if the extreme weather continues, in which they will be required to add the days missed at the end of the school year.
During continued discussion on the matter, board member Frank Patrizio brought forth the fact that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has presented a bill to state legislators requesting to add three additional calamity days for Ohio schools. State lawmakers are looking to pass the bill quickly.
However, as an additional option for Piqua City Schools to avoid adding days to the end of the school year, the board is considering something called “blizzard bags.” This option would mean that if they do need to go beyond their allotted calamity days, students can take work home with them, which is assigned ahead of time, to make up for the days missed. Then, students will have up to two weeks to get the work made up.