The Toledo Board of Education on Tuesday, March 24, approved a plan for 7th and 8th graders to make up time missed because of snow days this school year.

Toledo Public Schools, along with many other school districts, converted from calculating Calamity Days to tracking Minimum Hours this school year. This means when school is cancelled or delayed, hours lost are deducted from the minimum student attendance hours as determined by the Ohio Department of Education. Students in grades K-6 and 9-12 still have adequate calamity hours remaining, despite eight snow days. The 7th and 8th grade students in TPS, however, are short on hours because they follow an elementary school schedule and not the high school schedule as recommended by ODE.

The state education department has granted school districts the option of making up missed hours equivalent to three calamity days through the use of additional assignments that must be completed by students outside of school. These days can be offered on a retroactive basis, meaning they didn’t have to take place on the day(s) a district was out of school.

The following plan will be implemented:

Utilizing Blizzard Bags
• This is the term for the work that will be assigned by your child’s teacher(s) and will be distributed the week of March 30th.
• Students will need to turn in completed assignments on or before Monday, April 20th to obtain full credit.
• Work will be given in every subject, making the Blizzard Bags equivalent to a full day of school.
• Completion of Blizzard Bag assignments is MANDATORY.
     o If work is not completed, students will receive an unexcused absence that will ultimately impact overall year-end grades and attendance figures.
• EHSO students are exempt from these assignments.
     o 7th and 8th grade students at the following schools are also exempt as they currently follow an extended day schedule: Chase STEM Academy, Pickett Academy, Robinson Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Jones Leadership Academy and Toledo Technology Academy.

Adding time to the school day
Students in 7th and 8th grades also need to make up nearly 12 hours of instruction, in addition to completing Blizzard Bag assignments. Given that fact, beginning Monday, April 13th and continuing through Friday, May 14th, all 7th and 8th grade students will need to add 30 minutes to their school day:
• Grove Patterson Academy and Old West End Academy will begin school 30 minutes earlier than their current start times during this time period (because of transportation issues) 
• All other elementary schools will extend their school day by 30 minutes
• This does not apply to Chase STEM Academy, Pickett Academy, Robinson Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Jones Leadership Academy and Toledo Technology Academy.
• EHSO students will dismiss at their regular time for their high school classes.

As a reminder, the pre-scheduled, district-wide delayed start for Wednesday, May 20th has been cancelled.

All of this means that Toledo Public Schools’ 7th and 8th graders will still end the school year on Friday, June 5.

Posted on March 25, 2015