Calamity days and delays add up for Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Getting kids to and from school this winter has been rough on schools.

The bigger struggle, however, is making up the lost time spent in classrooms as many districts have exceeded their five calamity days.

“Frankly, I feel very fortunate that Springfield has only had to use one,” said David Estrop, Superintendent for Springfield City Schools.

Including that one, Springfield City Schools have taken a total six days off due to the cold, snow, and bus problems.

But Estrop said there has been a bigger deterrent to education.

“We’ve lost more than that when you consider all the delays,” said Estrop. “Considerably more than that.”

So much more the superintendent has lost count.

Two hour delays this winter has kept students out of some core classes like math and reading.

Instead of sending extra work home with kids to complete on their own time, Springfield teachers are bearing down on the essentials.

“One of the things I’ve asked the teachers to do, particularly at the elementary level, is math, and reading,” said Estrop. “Those are absolutely the essential building blocks and if our kids don’t have the right, they’re in trouble.”

Many schools like Springfield are also watching how the state will handle calamity days.

Governor John Kasich called for an extension that appeared to be moving quickly before stalling this week.

“We’ll just have to wait and see,” said Estrop. “At this point, absent any changes in law, we’ve added a day to the school calendar.”

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