Gov. Kasich Calling For One-Time Calamity Day Increase

By
Atish Baidya

Dateline
Updated Mon, Jan 27, 2014 5:33 pm

Ohio Governor John Kasich is calling on state lawmakers and education leaders to work together to help out school districts with the number of calamity days allowed by law.

In a press released Kasich said a one-time increase is needed since so many schools have used or are close to using their five allowable calamity days.

“School closures can, of course, be an inconvenience but student safety always comes first.  Many schools have already hit the maximum number of snow days, or will soon, and if they exceed it and have to extend the school year it can wreak havoc with schools budgets and schedules.  Giving schools a few extra snow days this year will be helpful and let everyone stay focused on the top priority when weather hits, keeping kids safe,” said Kasich.

Local districts like Athens City Schools and Nelsonville-York City Schools have already passed the five-day limit.

The proposed increase would be for the current school year only.

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