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Findlay adds an hour to 11 school days as calamity day plan

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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Students in Findlay City Schools will not have to attend school on Saturdays or take home assignments to make up days missed due to winter weather. The superintendent announced his decision Tuesday morning.

Students and staff are currently on spring break, but when they come back next week, they will be in for some longer days.

"I've been doing this - superintendent - for the past 21 years, and this has probably been the most difficult year," said Dr. Dean Wittwer, superintendent of Findlay City Schools.

Snow and ice have kept Findlay students out of class for nine days this school year. While five of them designated "calamity days" were forgiven, leaders were still left with four days to make up.

"We have traditionally kept Spring Break sacred in Findlay, so we haven't taken the Spring Break like other school districts have," said Wittwer.

Instead, Findlay schools will add one hour to the end of each school day for 11 days straight. The schedule change starts April 8.

"We talk about whether or not we could do it a half an hour in the morning and then a half an hour in the afternoon, but with the double bus run, it's hard to do that," explained Wittwer.

Buses will run an hour later in the afternoon to accommodate. Wittwer says while this decision will take effect Tuesday, it should not come as a surprise to parents who were sent a letter Friday explaining the plan.

A couple of moms say for their kindergartners, focusing in class for an extra 60 minutes a day does not seem like the best solution.

However, Wittwer believes this is a solution best for schools as a whole, especially older students who need time to prepare for state testing later this month.

"We need more time with our teachers and students. Time for the third all the way through eighth grade to do their assessments during the month of April. We've missed so many days, that we thought we need to get the best instructional time when the opportunity meets itself," said Wittwer.

The district will also have one more make-up day May 30.

See what other schools are doing about calamity days in our Back to School section.

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