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Perrysburg students to start school earlier

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The brutal winter is forcing many local districts to add days to the school year.

Perrysburg is no different.

Monday, the school board voted to start the year earlier and it's not because of snow days.

It's only a difference of 3 days, but Perrysburg students will be heading back to class earlier than usual when classes start in August.

"At the end of the day we're recommending starting the school year a little bit earlier than we normally do so we can end the semester before winter break," Superintendent Tom Hosler said.

Typically, high school students will take exams about a week after winter break.

The new calendar moves those tests up.

"I think it's good because when you're on vacation you don't think about school," Sam Lolo a Perrysburg freshman said.  "Even though you have time to study it's not like taking them before break."

There's also the third grade reading guarantee.  It's new in Ohio but basically helps identify students behind in reading.  This way the school can provide support.

Many Perrysburg teachers say the earlier they start the more time they'll have to make sure students pass the test.

"That's been a driver," Hosler said.  "We've never had that before and now we do, so we think it's the right time to have that switch."

Getting to this point, however, has been tricky, thanks in part to Mother Nature.

The district just approved a contingency plan to make up snow days.

Everything from coming to class on scheduled days off to taking home work over spring break.

 

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