Students in all three school districts in Meigs County are facing a shorter spring break and possible make-up days added onto the end of the school year which could conceivably stretch into June for some, depending on the weather.
Ohio allows each school district five calamity days to burn, though next year that number drops to three and the year after that districts get zip. This year, the Meigs and Southern Local School Districts have missed 9 days due to inclement weather while the Eastern Local School District has missed 10. This mean Meigs and Southern have four days to make-up, while Eastern has five.
William Buckley, superintendent of the Meigs Local School District, said his students’ spring break will be shortened by three days and one day will be added onto the end of the school year to make-up the four days which have been missed due to inclement weather. As of yesterday, this means instead of school ending for students on Thursday, May 27, it will end on Friday, May 28.
“That is all subject to change,” Buckley said, citing predictions of another snow storm brewing for next week.
Meigs’ students were to be on break March 31-April 6. As it stands now, students will only be out of school on April 1-2 (these days will be waiver days where only teachers are required to attend) and be back at school on April 5.
Buckley said if any more days are missed due to inclement weather, it’s a certainty those days will be added on to the end of the year because there will simply be no other options left to make up the time already lost in the classroom.
In the Southern Local School District, Superintendent Tony Deem said his students will see a shorter spring break as well. Students will be in the classroom March 31, April 1, 5 and 6 to make up the four additional calamity days already taken. March 31 was scheduled as a waiver day for teachers at Southern Local but April 2 or May 20 are now being considered to take its place.
With five make up days to find before now and the end of the school year in the Eastern Local School District, Superintendent Rick Edwards said his students will also see a shorter spring break. Instead of being on their spring breaks, students will definitely be in classrooms on April 1 with Edwards saying he is currently in the process of amending the school calendar to make up the remaining days.
However, Edwards, like Buckley, noted the snow storm predicted for next week and how that could mean adding even more days onto the end of the school year and for some students, that could put them not on summer vacation but in a classroom come June. Ohio does allow districts to extend the school year until June 20, so students should be careful what they wish for when praying for snow days.