have been a significant amount of questions that have been asked regarding how
our snow days will impact the end of the school year for our students. As many
of you may be aware, over the past few months, the House of Representatives and
the Senate have been debating a way to provide some relief to school districts
(HB 416) in regards to how these days are to be made up. In the past several
weeks, the final “relief” plan was revealed and has been communicated to Ohio
school districts. I want to take this opportunity to share with you how the
state’s plan impacts the Norwood City School District so that our families can
plan the remainder of the school year and summer activities accordingly.
school districts in the State of Ohio are provided with five (5) waived
calamity days, so a district’s first five (5) snow days do not need to be made
up. School districts are then required to create a five (5) day contingency
plan which clearly lays out the district’s plan should they exceed the first
five (5) waived days. Under the new plan, all districts in the state will be
required to make up calamity days 6, 7, 8, and 9. Calamity days 10, 11, 12, and
13 would become waived days again and not required to be made up. Anything
beyond 13 calamity days would require the district to make such days up as
well. The legislation also allows districts to make up missed school days by
adding thirty (30) minutes to the school day as an additional option or a
combination of adding such time along with makeup days. The recently passed legislation provides
school districts with four (4) additional waived days as long as at least four
(4) days have been made up under the district’s contingency plan. Since our
students in grades K-12 have only missed nine (9) days of school, the new
legislation will not provide any additional relief to Norwood City Schools.
This new plan will only truly impact those school districts that have
experienced ten (10) or more calamity days.
careful consideration to the new legislation, as well as desiring to maximize
instructional time for our students prior to the end of the school year, the
Norwood City School District has chosen to implement the following plan to make
up our four (4) missed school days.
on Monday, April 7th we will add thirty (30) minutes to the school day for the
remainder of the school year. Adding
this time will allow the district to accumulate enough additional time to make
up three (3) of our necessary make up days as well as allow the district to
regain over nine hundred (900) minutes of student classroom instruction time.
Additionally, we will be in session on Friday, April 18th, which is currently
scheduled as a day that school is not in session, with this day serving as our
fourth (4) make up day. Friday, April
18th will be an early release day as well.
Listed below is a breakdown of the make-up dates/times.
Grades K-11: Monday, April 7th through
Friday, May 30th.
School/Middle School will start at 7:45 a.m. and dismiss at 3:30 p.m.
(April 18 dismissal at 2:00 p.m.)
three elementary schools will start at 8:30 a.m. and dismiss at 3:50 p.m.
(April 18 dismissal at 2:20 p.m.)
last day for students in grade 12 will be Friday, May 23rd.
will not be affected by these changes.
hopeful that this information is helpful and can assist you in planning for the
end of the school year and the start of your summer. Let’s all hope that winter
is officially over.