Like many other local school districts, Reynoldsburg saw most of its allowed five calamity days blown away by the Sept. 14 windstorm.

Like many other local school districts, Reynoldsburg saw most of its allowed five calamity days blown away by the Sept. 14 windstorm.

As a result, Superintendent Steve Dackin told the board of education on Sept. 16 that he will be evaluating possible make-up days in the event the district exceeds its remaining calamity days.

Except for the high school, students returned to class last Wednesday, which means elementary, middle and junior high schools have two calamity days left to use. Reynoldsburg High School only has one day left; it didn't reopen until last Thursday because there was only partial power to the modular classrooms there.

"We're going to plan for the possibility that we may exceed our allotment and have to make-up days, and you have to plan for that, and that is the law," he said.

He said he is confident a decision can be made by the next board of education meeting scheduled for Oct. 21.

Dackin said it is unusual to be in this position so soon after the start of classes. He said he remembers years when the district did not use any calamity days.

"The majority of our years, maybe we've used one, some years we've used none, but last year was truly an anomaly because we used all five last year," Dackin said. "But going back before that, I mean, there were years here when I was principal that we didn't use any."

According to the Ohio Department of Education, calamity days are usually used after a bad winter storm. Other uses include epidemics, inoperable school buses, damage to school buildings and utility failures.

"The whole point of the calamity thing the state gives to the local school districts is the ability to be able to be flexible with respect to responding to circumstances that are out of your control," Dackin said.

"Weather tends to be where districts use a majority of their calamity days, but last year, we had two buildings that were down because of power and the year before, we had a water issue at Rose Hill Elementary," he said.

Dackin said options for make-up days include holding class on Saturdays, adding days to the end of the year or using days that otherwise are scheduled to be vacation days.

"Any day that is currently on the calendar that is not currently being scheduled to have school you could consider," he said. "But we're not going to bring kids in on a holiday."

Dackin said he will ask the district's calendar committee to come up with make-up day options. Based on those recommendations, he will present a proposal to the board of education.

Currently, the Reynoldsburg school district is in session for 180 days for students, with four extra days for teacher in-service programs and parent teacher conferences.

Conceivably, Dackin said, teacher in-service days could be designated as make-up days, but that would need to be worked out with the teachers' union.

"Any day that is a non-school day is available to be used," Dackin said.

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