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Hudson School district to make up calamity day June 5

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published: April 9, 2014 12:00 AM
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Hudson -- Students and staffers will spend one more day in class than originally scheduled, thanks to the above average snowfall and below average winter temperatures.

The last day of class for all Hudson City School students will now be June 5, not June 4.

Parents were notified of the decision April 4 via email.

Hudson schools, like most districts in Ohio exceeded their allotted five calamity days. As of press time, the district had exceeded its allotted days by one, using its last day Feb. 18.

In March, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed legislation allowing districts who have used more than nine days to receive additional calamity days.

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"Because of the high number of calamity days throughout the state of Ohio, the legislature approved additional calamity days for schools, but those days only apply to schools who have used more than nine days," according to Hudson Superintendent Phil Herman. "Additionally, the state approved the options of making up days using blizzard bags, assignments sent home with students that equate to a day's worth of work, or making up the day by adding time to existing school days in 30 minute increments."

The district's administrative team examined the available options and "did not believe that either them would be as valuable or meaningful to our students as a full-day of instruction," Herman said.

"If we had more days to make up, like many other districts, we may have had to consider combining make-up days with the other options to avoid extending the school year too far into summer and affecting families' summer plans," Herman said.

The district set aside June 5, 6 and 9 as potential calamity make-up days in its pre-start calendar, according Herman.

As part of the make-up period, Hudson High School is modifying the exam schedule from June 2, 3, and 4 to June 3, 4, and 5, which will enable additional time for instruction prior to exams, Herman added. Elementary schools buildings are also modifying end-of-the-year activities.

However, even with the brutal conditions, it could have been worse, Herman said.

There are districts in Northeast Ohio that missed many more days than Hudson, he said.

"Fortunately, we only need to make up one day, and that is due, in part, to the fact the road crews do a fantastic job of clearing the snow and preparing the streets enabling us to have school," Herman said. "I would particularly like to express my appreciation and thanks to the city of Hudson road crews. As the school superintendent, I truly appreciate what they do."

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9435

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