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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Dr. Romules Durant, superintendent for Toledo Public Schools, held a press conference Wednesday morning to introduce the district's plan to make up school days lost due to inclement weather.
As of Wednesday, TPS has used eight calamity days, which is three more than the state currently permits school districts to use without making up the time.
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The strategy that TPS has developed allows students to make up the calamity days, per the Ohio Department of Education's Waiver Request. In early April, TPS will distribute "Blizzard Bags" that will include enrichment material or new material for students to complete. Students must complete the work in order to be marked as in attendance for the days that have been missed.
"So we will be looking at putting a framework together to ensure that it is rigorous, aligned to the standards, and that it is meaningful work. We have lost three days instruction. We want students to be able to continue that education process," said Jim Gault, transformational leader in charge of curriculum.
The plan is to give students take-home work to be completed over spring break. The work would be determined by teachers and distributed through a variety of options, including online and old-fashion paper and pencil.
Additionally, TPS is considering placing teachers in buildings during the break to answers questions students may have on the work assigned. A teacher hotline students could call for help may also be created.
"Many of the local superintendents, as well as the state superintendents, have put in waivers and requests, in regards to wanting forgiveness on those days. But more importantly, understanding that we want to be proactive in the means that if legislation does not pass through, that we weren't just sitting on our hands, and that we had an action plan in place and ready to move forward," explained Durant.
Copies of the take-home assignments will be distributed to all students with information posted to the district's website. One TPS board member said if students do not complete the work, it would be counted as an unexcused absence.