Miami Valley schools hit limit on calamity days

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DAYTON (WDTN) – Wednesday’s snowy weather canceled schools and left many on the brink of adding days to the school year, or further pushing them past the state required hours.  

If there are any more calamity hours or missed days for Centerville City Schools, the district will need to schedule makeup dates, according to Community Relations Specialist Sarah Swan. 

“The (state) goes by hours now, but this was our fifth day being closed,” Swan said. “We have an agreement with the school board and the teacher’s union if we have more than five days off, we will make those up.” 

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Swan said the district would determine later if it misses another day when it would begin to be rescheduled. It could use days that are scheduled holidays during the school year or add the days to the end of the calendar.  

With missed days come concerns that students won’t be prepared for mandated testing. The state requires districts to complete its testing in specific windows and not on any specific date, giving the districts more flexibility.  

“Obviously, we want the kids to be in school,” Swan said. “We want them to have all of the learning days, so it’s stress on our classroom teachers, on our students and on our working families when days are canceled.” 

Swan said as of Wednesday, the high school has more room as far as hours than other levels. The state requires 1,001 hours of instruction per school year for grades seven through 12, 910 hours of instruction for students taking full-day kindergarten through sixth. Half-day kindergarten students are required 455 hours of instruction.  

Tuesday was the fifth calamity day for Kettering City Schools. The district had a power outage that cost hours against the state’s required numbers. The district has also had four two-hour delays. The district has five days scheduled ahead every year in case it goes over the state limit.  

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