Kasich requests more snow days for school

Oakwood schools elect to hold classes in extreme cold.  (WDTN Photo)
Oakwood schools elect to hold classes in extreme cold. (WDTN Photo)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – A historically cold winter has at least one of Ohio’s lawmakers asking for more snow days to be given to school districts.

“We’ve asked the legislature to work through this and figure out what is the best way to do it with the Department of Education,” said Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich. “I think it’s about the safety of kids.”

Many school districts across the Miami Valley have either met or exceed their calamity days. Five days are allowed for school districts to cancel school.

Schools cancelled classes much of January because of freezing temperatures in the morning.

Trotwood-Madison City Schools had to cancel elementary and middle school classes after problems began with several buses.

School districts have already began looking into alternatives to using more calamity days.

Huber Heights City Schools voted to have “blizzard bags” as an option that would allow students to catch up on schoolwork online.

Governor Kasich said the weather has prompted this need for leniency on those extra days.

“We want kids to be safe,” said Kasich. “You put them out in fifteen or twenty degrees below weather, it’s not good for them. Hopefully, this really, really tough weather is behind us.”

This will be the final year for calamity days in Ohio. Next year, the state will begin an hourly program.

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