Current State law allows school districts to use five calamity days without having to make up lost time. We used our fifth calamity day on 2/19/15.
In early February, our Board of Education approved the use of Blizzard Bags, an online alternative to make-up days, as part of our contingency plan. Our Blizzard Bag plan was approved by the Ohio Department of Education. Upon our use of the three allowed Blizzard Bags, we will have made up calamity days 6-8 and will not be required to make up any days at the end of the school year, presuming no additional calamity days are used.
As the Blizzard Bags are being utilized later in the school year, some lessons could be extensions or enrichment of a lesson/unit from earlier in the year, perhaps going beyond what was possible at the earlier time. Some lessons may be introductory in nature and used to lay the foundation for a lesson/unit that will occur in the coming months. In the end, it is the district’s responsibility to ensure that there are appropriate levels of validity, quality and integrity associated with these online lessons or the hardcopy alternatives in the "blizzard bags."