With the unusually severe weather in northeastern Ohio, Kenston has exceeded the number of calamity days allowed by the State of Ohio. Looking back through my history with Kenston, this is the first year that we exceeded the state maximum. Governor Kasich has proposed a one-time, four-day reduction in the minimum length of the school year. State action will take weeks to approve. If passed, this may relieve our immediate situation. We still have a long winter ahead. That being the case, we will be dusting off our delayed start procedures, and plan to make up lessons and continue with instruction using “Blizzard Bags.”
Kenston has filed and been approved by the Ohio Department of Education to use “Blizzard Bags” to make up three additional days of school. This tool allows students to get an assignment on-line from their teacher’s webpage. The “Blizzard Bag” program allows students to complete assignments without extending classes into the summer. Teachers will work with their administrator to prepare and post Blizzard Bag lessons. Classroom teachers will grade the lessons the same as other assignments and students will receive an incomplete or failing grade if the lesson is not completed within two weeks of the posting date. For students who do not have access to the Internet, paper copies will be available when students return to school.
A delayed start will only be used if the weather forecast indicates that the current weather conditions will improve soon after school opens and it is safe to transport students. Staff is expected to report as close to regular time as possible. With a delayed start, dismissal is at the regular time.