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TPS could avoid extending school year if state gives extra days

Heavy and frequent snow this winter has forced TPS schools to close 12 times. Heavy and frequent snow this winter has forced TPS schools to close 12 times.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Ohio school districts are allowed five calamity days each year. Toledo Public Schools has canceled school 12 times this year because of weather.

Ordinarily, that would mean TPS students making up seven extra school days at the end of the year. State legislators could help the district out though, by passing a bill to give extra calamity days on Wednesday.

The district could avoid making up three days by using what are called ‘blizzard bags,' where students take extra work home at night or on the weekend. Another day can be gained by canceling planned 2-hour delay days, which the district has already done.

Those measures, plus the 4 extra the state could give, would leave the district with 13 total calamity days. With 12 already in the books and heavy snow on the way for Wednesday morning, 13 could be the magic number to keep the end of this school year on schedule.

"It's just been a really unusual winter. But I'm glad that they have gotten moving. I am hoping tomorrow that that vote can take place," said Toledo Public School Board President Lisa Sobecki.

"The fact they can actually come to a consensus and realization that this is the most severe weather that us and since the 1970's have been exposed to," said Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant.

Parents agree, hoping the legislature can pass the calamity day bill Wednesday.

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