Gov: Ohio Should Allow More School Calamity Days

As many Ohio school districts near or exceed their calamity days, Governor John Kasich says the number needs to be expanded this year.(Photo: .)
As many Ohio school districts near or exceed their calamity days, Governor John Kasich says the number needs to be expanded this year.(Photo: .)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says school districts around the state need their number of weather-related days off increased to accommodate this year’s unusually severe weather.

On Monday, the Republican governor called on state lawmakers and the Ohio Department of Education to act to add a few extra calamity days to school calendars on a one-time basis.

Kasich says many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will. That means districts will have to extend the school year, which he says would “wreak havoc” on school budgets and schedules.

His call came as the second deep freeze this month was forecast. Temperatures in some areas of Ohio were heading into double digits below zero Monday night.

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