Dublin Villager

District exhausts its allotment of calamity days

Additional missed school days will have to be made up unless legislature offers relief


Dublin City Schools have, like many other Ohio districts, used all five calamity days allowed by the state.

Last week the district used its two final calamity days Jan. 28 and 29 when sub-zero temperatures made it unsafe for students to wait for buses.

The district used four calamity days for arctic temperatures during this school year and one for a snow day, said Doug Baker, district public information officer.

Students might not need to worry about making up days if additional winter weather forces Dublin schools to close.

Usually any days used beyond the five state-allowed calamity days must be made up at the end of the school year, but state legislators are working to extend the allowance to nine days.

It's been at least a decade since Dublin schools had to make up a day at the end of the year, Baker said.

Districts are allowed to make up three days through online lessons, but they must be approved by the Department of Education in advance.

Dublin schools and other Ohio districts won't have to worry about making up calamity days next year.

State legislation that goes into effect for the 2014-15 school year counts hours students are learning as opposed to the current system of counting days.

Most schools already go over the required hours and will have more flexibility in making up time, if needed.