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School districts consider Online Calamity Days

BROOKFIELD TWP., Ohio - The bitter cold temperatures ahead have some school districts concerned about using up or running out of calamity days.

Brookfield's board of education approved a proposal to apply for a Blizzard Bag this week, which is a state program that would allow the district to assign students school work at home in the even it's too cold to go to class.

"The issue is right now, we're at number four in terms of the number of days we've missed, the state allows five and given the forecast, even tonight's forecast and into next week, I fear we're going to reach five pretty quickly," Tim Saxton says, Brookfield Local Schools superintendent.

Sled riding and outdoor fun on a calamity day in some districts could become just a memory of times past. The frigid weather this season forced the state re-open the application process for online calamity days.

Homework would turn into day work, requiring students to go online or on paper at home to complete work that would otherwise be done at their desks that day.

Columbiana Exempted Village, Howland Local Schools and Struthers City Schools already have state approval to do this. Niles City School board is voting on a measure Thursday night at its meeting.

Saxton says some school administrators and board members are concerned the level of learning might not measure up enough next to a classroom experience.

He plans to meet with school administrators before they submit an official plan to the state, which is due by Jan. 31.
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