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Published: Monday, 3/24/2014 - Updated: 7 months ago

Sylvania Schools OKs 'blended approach' to make up snow days

BY NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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It’s official, Sylvania Schools will end the school year on June 5 for high school and junior high students, and June 6 for elementary students.

The Sylvania School Board voted unanimously 5-0 on the “blended approach,” to recover four instructional days for upperclassmen and five for the elementary student body.

“The Weather Channel confirmed what we knew. It was a bad winter and we got the reward,” Superintendent Brad Rieger said Monday before he presented the plan to the board. He was referring to The Weather Channel crowning Toledo as king for title of major U.S. city that suffered the worst winter.

That brutal winter caused the district to lose 13 days instructional days for upperclassmen, and 14 for elementary pupils. The Ohio legislature forgave four of those days. The school calendar has five built in snow days.

The district’s calamity day make-up plan adds one day for the high school and junior high schools and two days for the elementary schools at the end of the school year, which had been scheduled to end June 4. To make up the other needed instructional days, the school days will be extended by one hour 11 school days in April, which will provide the equivalent of two school days. Also, three scheduled late-start days will be changed to regular school days to make up another lost instructional day.

“It makes sense to have the instruction time back in the meat of the school year,” Adam Fineske, curriculum director, said.

He noted the extended school days will take place before the third and eighth grade students take the Ohio Achievement Assessment tests beginning April 28 with a two-week testing period. It will also allow high school students in Advance Placement courses to prepare for the Advance Placement testing the second and third week of May, he said.

Mr. Rieger presented the plan to parents last week, who generally approved it. He also consulted with staff and school employees before the plan was finalized.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter@natalietrusso. 


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