August 31, 2014

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Ohio House delays formal vote on calamity day bill

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House has held off taking a formal vote on a plan to let schools take up to four additional days off this year because of the season’s extreme weather.

A House spokesman said Wednesday that members plan to take an additional week to continue to work on the number of days in the proposal and review its costs.

Snow and frigid temperatures has led many districts across Ohio to exhaust their five allowable calamity days. Some have cancelled classes for 10 or more days.

Gov. John Kasich has been among those advocating adding extra snow days on a one-time basis this year.

Another proposal slated to get a Senate hearing Wednesday would excuse high school seniors from makeup days that fall after their scheduled graduation ceremonies.

  • Joe Smith

    Take as many days that are needed and add them to the end of the year, not hard to figure out

    • HankKwah

      That’s what they’re trying to avoid. Making up those days would conflict with teachers’ contracts and pay obligations, and would cost school districts more money. If the state permits the extra calamity days, the schools don’t incur the extra expense.

      • Joe Smith

        They need to change the contracts then

        • HankKwah

          That’s about as easy as changing our current weather to sunny and 75 degrees by this afternoon.

          • Joe Smith

            Can’t argue that point

          • LAB1660

            So right, Joe Smith and HankKwah, but somehow these contracts need to be renegotiated to include teachers having to make up the snow days without additional pay. They certainly didn’t do any work on behalf of their classes on those days off–my husband saw a whole group of Columbia School teachers at a local restaurant and that was on a snow day. They most certainly could have gone to work and if the buses weren’t running, parents should have been able to drop their children off so they could reasonably travel to their jobs, almost all of which were functioning and required their employees despite the road conditions and extremely cold temperatures. And, no school, no going to the mall, either, like parents were shown with their children during compulsory school hours at Southpark (and you know that wasn’t the only instance of that).

          • wow

            really? they were at a restaurant? on a snow day? how terrible! some people will complain about ANYTHING. obviously.

          • Bill

            “They certainly didn’t do any work on behalf of their classes on those days off”

            Pretty bold statement. Were you in the households of all the teachers to witness this or just taking a hour and a half out of the day where you saw some teachers getting some food. God forbid they eat.

          • HankKwah

            Angry much? School gets canceled because of the children, not because of the teachers. Kids have to wait outside for buses, and some have to walk to school. When the weather is too bad for the kids to wait/walk, it gets canceled. If school is canceled, teachers don’t need to be there. So, they are as free to do with their day as the kids are. They are NOT babysitters, they are TEACHERS.

  • rob

    How about eliminating the protocol? If the five calamity days aren’t used, additional make up days are not required. If the five day limit is exceeded, raise the limit. Why not use a blank check policy? Without parameters this is a complete waste of legislature. The state should aid districts’ costs incurred by additional calandar days on the school year and put that excuse to bed.

    • LAB1660

      rob, you and I are the State of Ohio, and the districts’ costs will always fall back on WE THE PEOPLE because we’re the taxed ones. School should have remained open. I know the roads were bad, but my employer did not shut down because of road conditions or weather inclemency. I still had to go to work. What is needed is parental responsibility. When you see parents with their children at Southpark Mall on days the schools called off, there was not then and there is no reason now to add snow days to the school calendar by legislation.

      • wow

        your work being open has nothing to do with whether the school should have been. but don’t let facts get in the way of your agenda or anything.

      • Bill

        Do you walk to work?

      • rob

        The children aren’t calling the shots, so why care if they went to the mall? They were probably sick of being couped up in the house. I know we all pay taxes, we will always pay them. It is a minuscule burden on the shoulders of each individual. If your paying too much, get a lower paying job.

    • wow

      “If the five day limit is exceeded, raise the limit.” i think that’s the idea.

      • HankKwah

        The key to this whole thing is school kids are required to have 180 days of school. If the 5 “snow” days are used, the district is supposed to make up those days. Making up those days requires extra days, and those extra days mean the teachers get paid extra for those days. Paying the teachers extra runs the district’s costs up, and those costs aren’t budgeted.

        Kind of a snowball effect, if you will.

  • stillsleepyeyes

    On line snow day work……………………..solution