Calamity Days: Summary of House Bill 416
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After months of discussion and amendments, the General Assembly will likely pass and the Governor likely sign the conference committee’s reported version of the calamity day bill, House Bill 416. This bill has taken many iterations. We summarize those provisions expected t be final. For career and technical education, the relevant provisions from House Bill 416 are as follows:
The bill waives make-up requirements for four additional days of closure because of calamity, but under the following conditions:
- The district has made up or invoked plans to make up at least four days of closure through its contingency plan. (To simplify, calamity days 1–5 will not need to be made up, calamity days 6–9 will be made up through the contingency plan, and calamity days 10–13 will not need to be made up.)
- The board of education affirms its intention to request a make-up waiver for the additional days of closure by resolution in an open meeting.
Note: The conference committee removed the teacher in-service requirements for calamity day make-ups that had previously been included in the bill.
The bill authorizes schools to make up days of closure by increasing the length school days in half-hour increments. As of January 1, 2014, districts may make up contingency days (i.e., days 6–9 of closure) using half-hour increments if their contingency plans allow for extending the school day.
The bill permits joint vocational school districts to excuse twelfth graders from attendance after a board-designated culminating event without penalty. (As recommended by Ohio ACTE and OACTS).
The bill permits districts to update their contingency plans with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) at any time during the current school year. Districts may also submit applications for online lessons and blizzard bags to ODE at any point.
Both the House and the Senate are likely to vote on this version of House Bill 416 in the near future. Because it is an “emergency measure,” it will immediately become effective once signed into law by Governor Kasich.