09/12/14 1:05 p.m.
Snow days are going to be treated a little differently this year in Ohio school districts. In March the Ohio Department of Education announced they would be changing the state requirement starting with the 2014-15 school year from a certain number of school days, to a minimum number of hours.
Audio: Ed Kurt
Kurt said the state minimum for high and middle schools is 1001 hours and for elementary schools it’s 920 hours. Right now Findlay schools are scheduled for 100-125 hours over that minimum. If there is a delay or cancellation, those hours lost would be substracted from the school’s total hours.
For example high schools are required 1001, but Findlay High School is scheduled for 1126. When school closes, the number of hours lost is subtracted from the school’s total. If Findlay were to cancel school for a day that six hours and 20 minutes of education time would drop the district to just under 1120 hours. The same scenario is true for delays as well.
Audio: Ed Kurt
For Kurt, the problem is the “what if.” Kurt said if another winter like last causes the district to go to the minimum hours, that isn’t enough time to cover all the curriculum and conduct the required testing.
Right now Kurt said he’s approaching cancellations and delays normally and he’s going to try to get in as many days as possible, as safely as possible.
At this point Kurt said it’s too early to tell if this new system will help or hinder school districts and that will be evaluated at the end of the year. He said there may need to be discussion between legislators and school districts after this year, which would hopefully lead to tweaks and changes that would create the best possible scenario.
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