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With remote learning in place, will snow days be a thing of the past?

The Toledo Blade |

Mandy Minick, an Ohio Department of Education spokesman, said the department is leaving it to school districts to decide if they will have traditional snow days now that bad-weather travel to school buildings is no longer an obstacle. 

Ohio law changed to establish hours-based standards for instruction, rather than days.

“As a result, the concept of calamity days no longer exists,” Ms. Minick said. “Instead, schools may schedule ‘excess’ hours above the minimum number. Hours missed above the minimum do not have to be made up. However, if a school closes enough that it will fall below the minimum number of hours, the school must extend its scheduled year.”

Schools that have remote-learning plans in place can put them to use “as they see fit and still be considered to have met the minimum required hours,” she said.

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