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Ohio school districts are looking at on-line to make up for snow days
"Blizzard bag" plans have now been submitted for nearly a third of Ohio districts

Jo Ingles
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Many school districts throughout Ohio have been used up their allotted calamity days and are looking for options.

Ohio law requires 178 instructional days, and most districts build five additional days into the schedule. If districts fall below the 178-day minimum, they have to add the class time one way or another.

And the Ohio Department of Education’s John Charlton says one way increasingly is online.

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“Schools have to, first of all, file with the department of education that they are planning to do what some like to call the blizzard bag program where students can do school work online while they are at home on their snow days.  Or the legislation does require that you make it available in pen and paper version as well so kids can take that home if they don’t have the internet access or the computer access to do that at home.  

Charlton says about 180 school districts have applied so far for the blizzard-bag program. He says the suggested deadline has passed, but applications are still coming in.


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