Schools turn to “blizzard bags” to make-up days

Blizzard bags approved in Huber Heights Schools.  (WDTN Photo)
Blizzard bags approved in Huber Heights Schools. (WDTN Photo)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Waiting on the bus in the cold is one test many parents don’t want their kids to take.

“We want our kids to be safe and that has to be our number one priority,” says parent Connie Ames.

But with calamity days exhausted districts are turning to another plan to avoid missing school.

The Huber Heights Board of Education voted in a special meeting Monday to add “blizzard bag” days as an option.

Basically work would be posted online for students.

Those who don’t have access to a computer would pick up the work when school returned.

Students would have 10 days from the time they get it to finish the assignment.

“Any opportunity we have to continue instruction is best for all,” says Huber Heights Superintendent Susan Gunnell.

The “blizzard bag” days are for schools that are above the maximum of five calamity days.

You can use up to three and avoid making up those extra days at the end of the school year.

“I think it’s a good idea,” Ames says. “I would much rather have my daughter inside doing work than standing at a bus stop in subzero temperatures.”

Schools are supposed to approve the days at the start of the year but the Ohio Department of Education is giving them another opportunity because so many are over on days.

Huber Heights has already had 8 calamity days.

The “blizzard bag” days will only be used to make up for future days off. Huber Heights is still waiting on state approval so it won’t be able to use a “blizzard bag” day if it closes on Tuesday.

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