Last Wednesday, Governor Kasich signed legislation that set the parameters for Ohio school districts to make up the calamity days caused by this year’s brutal winter. Prior to this legislation, the state allowed for five calamity days to be used by districts before they were required to make up time. This year, Midview used 10 calamity days – leaving us to make up five days of school. However, with this new legislation we are only required to make up four of those five days.
Traditionally, most districts would simply add these make-up days to the end of the school year. However, in preparing for all potential possibilities, we received feedback that showed adding four days to the end of the year would not be the best option for our district or our students.
For this reason, we have decided to make up three contingency days by extending school by 30 minutes beginning April 7 and continuing until May 30. To make up the fourth day, we will utilize the Blizzard Bags Program provided by the Ohio Department of Education.
Adjusted Schedule (April 7 – May 30)
High School 7:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Middle School 7:30 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.
East Intermediate 7:40 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
North and West Elementary 8:40 a.m. – 3:40 p.m. (parent pickup starts at 3:30pm).
Ultimately, we chose this option because we felt it was the best way to make up the instruction time lost without sacrificing the quality of the content. Instead of trying to rush through material over the course of three days, our teachers will instead be able to extend their lessons a little bit each day, and not overwhelm the students. Also, by utilizing the Blizzard Bags Program for just one contingency day, we avoid overwhelming our students with homework, and give some of our teachers the opportunity to practice using the online interactive lessons (when appropriate) that may become more common in the future. Hard copy assignments will be available / utilized when technology is not available at home or the lesson is best reinforced through that method.
In closing, we understand that this schedule change may be an inconvenience to some of our families, but we believe this is the best plan to keep our students on track with their education. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the district office at 440-748-5353.