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Districts still waiting to see if Ohio will add more snow days

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As you know most districts around the region are running a deficit when it comes to snow days. There is legislation on the table that will forgive a handful of the days but it's been delayed. The bill in the state house would give school districts up to an extra four calamity days but a vote has been put off until next week.

Jim Gault of Toledo Public Schools says for the first time in weeks, students spent a full week in the classroom, "We're excited that we have been in school all five days this week and we started on time every day. It's been awhile since we've had that!"Because of all the cancellations the Toledo School District is hoping state lawmakers take action and add additional calamity days, "We're hopeful that next week they'll make a decision so that as a district we can update our plan to move forward."Gault says for Toledo it comes down to money too, "If we have to extend our school year there are additional costs not supported by additional revenue for the district, so anything that is added will have a corresponding cut next year and in future years."

Superintendent Tom Hosler says school has been called off nine times in Perrysburg, taking the district four days over the limit,"When we adapt a calendar we put a disclaimer on there saying in the event of having to make up days we will tack them on to the end of the school year. Right now we are planning to make up the four days at the end of the year and that takes us into the second week of June which isn't too bad."

Hosler says the district is also trying to make up ground by offering extra time to students at some schools and encouraging parents to get involved in making up lost time at home, "With the internet we have some additional tools to help catch up on-line. Teachers understand that they have to work harder to cover more ground. We have great teachers and that makes all the difference."

The state department of education has extended the timeline to finish state testing by a week and superintendent Hosler says that move was key for all districts. Starting next year the state will no longer operate under calamity days. The time off will now be measured in hours not days,which is like the current system in Michigan.

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