The Southwest Licking Board of Education has affirmed a makeup schedule for calamity days that will have all district students attending school during the last two days of spring break, Thursday and Friday.

The Southwest Licking Board of Education has affirmed a makeup schedule for calamity days that will have all district students attending school during the last two days of spring break, Thursday and Friday.

Students also might have to attend school that Wednesday, in addition to days tacked on to the end of the school year.

Superintendent Forest Yocum said he thinks the General Assembly would return the number of calamity days from the current three days to five. Then-Gov. Ted Strickland had reduced the number of calamity days from five to three as part of his educational-reform bill two years ago. With both the governor's office and the General Assembly changing parties, many of Strickland's education laws are being reviewed, including the calamity days.

Yocum said the General Assembly had considered allowing districts to make up lost time by simply extending the school day by a short time but that such an option likely wouldn't be adopted.

"They were going to have a provision where we could extend the school day," Yocum said. "The last thing I heard was that that was removed. They're not talking about extending the school day hours. But there will be five days given, I would expect."

Thus far this year, every building has missed at least seven days of school, and afternoon kindergarten and Etna Elementary School have missed more, Yocum said.

Board president Dave Engel said students would lose spring-break days first and possibly the first day of summer vacation.

"Friday, June 3, was originally scheduled to be the first day of summer break and will now be a full school day," Engel said. "Kindergarten and Etna will have some additional time beyond that to be made up."

"We have two to make up everywhere," board member Cindy Zaino said. "That would be April 1 and March 31."

"Parents have spoken to me, and they just want some certainty," board member Don Huber said. "This makes certain we have school on Wednesday, March 30 (depending on changes to state law); Thursday, March 31; and Friday, April 1. There are so many (days already missed), we have to use at least two (spring-break days) even if the state goes to five. The big difference will come at the end of the school year."

Treasurer Rick Jones confirmed that the expected makeup days would be two, assuming the legislature changes the law and there are no more lost days.

"If we get five (calamity days), we'll have only two days to make up," Jones said.