School closings: Why is my child in school and yours is not?

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WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) All this cold and snowy weather is starting to add up for school districts across the Miami Valley.

A few are at or over the limit for calamity days and so far, the state is not forgiving that extra time off school.

“We’ve used five days. Basically, we are out of calamity days.”

That is a fact many school districts across the Miami Valley are facing.

The record season of snow and cold is eating up all those calamity days quickly.

With those days running running out, so are the options for school districts.

“If we delay for a couple hours, the conditions will significantly change so we can transport kids safely to schools,” said Superintendent Rusty Clifford, West Carrollton Schools.

Clifford says not all districts are the same.

Don’t be surprised to see a neighboring community cancel school while your kids are waiting at the bus stop.

“When people see a closing or a delay, realize those decisions are specific to the context that district is in.”

Some districts opted to cancel school earlier in the month because of temperatures reaching highs in the single digits.

Others, however, dealing with other issues like roads that couldn’t get plowed or buses unable to pick up students.

We checked on calamity days for several school districts in the area.

Places like Springfield and Sidney still have one more day.

Others like Dayton and Valley View already at their limit.

Eaton, Beavercreek, Greenville, and Troy have exceeded those calamity days.

Those will have to be made up unless the state says otherwise.

“Are there any talks, anything you might be hearing where they might extend calamity days.” “In my own personal opinion, I do not think we’ll see any move by the legislature to do anything with calamity days.”

Greenville Schools have already made plans to make up those extra calamity days.

Students there will be in school on a couple holidays.

Districts don’t expect this to be a problem next year when the state switches over to an hourly program.

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