Area Schools Left With No Calamity Days

by Courtney Wheaton on January 9, 2014 at 4:05 am

Area schools are without calamity days after the tough winter weather.  Zanesville City School officials are weighing their options after using all five of their state allotted calamity days for the year.

It’s only January, but due to the inclement weather the school district has exhausted their days off. Kevin Appleman is the Coordinator of Operations for the school district and says that safety of students is of foremost concern.

"The reason we call off school and not have it is because we look out for the safety for all of our staff, students, and parents and everything because a lot of kids walk, parents bring their kids to school and we have busses out there too so we are on the side of safety," said Appleman.

Appleman says that the district plans its calendar a year ahead of time to prepare for delays and days off. He says that if more days are called off this year they will have to dip into the children’s spring break or summer to make them up.

"If we get to day seven, day six and seven will be made up during our spring break not sure what day we are going to do that yet but it will be made up over that and then if we get to day eight that will be tacked on at the end of the school year starting June 2nd, " said Appleman.

A recent change in law will replace the minimum number of days in a school year with a minimum number of hours. The district will hold a community meeting in the future to discuss these changes. Until then the policy is as followed.