Many local area school districts close to using up "snow days"

For many students across the area, Wednesday was a much appreciated snow day or in this case an ice day.

Midway into the winter season, many area school districts are only one day away from tapping out their three calamity days a year.

An icy snow mixture slickened sidewalks, roadways and just about everything else, causing many school districts to cancel. With only three calamity days per school year, some districts are almost out. Sylvania, Perrysburg and Maumee City Schools have used all used two.

Perrysburg schools superintendent Tom Holser says it can be a challenge sticking to so few state allowed days. Holser says if it TMs necessary, he TMd rather make up calamity days at the end of the year. If its bad its bad and it doesn't matter if you don't have any days or one day to give you need to call school off, said Holser.

Toledo Public Schools used its first calamity day on Wednesday.

Ottawa Hills hasn't used any so far. [The] weather situation doesn't impact us to the degree they do everyone else, said Ottawa Hills Schools superintendent, Dr. Kevin Miller. That's because the district is only two square miles, and the majority of its students are either walked or driven to school by parents.

However, that isn't always the case in larger districts with more roads to plow and salt. Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) plans to add two more calamity days for public school students in the state, making a total of five days.

Rob Nichols, press secretary to Gov. Kasich, says the three day quota suggests one size fits all when it comes to weather conditions. Those school districts that happen to be in areas that get a tremendous amount of snow effort is being made toward them, said Nichols.

It would provide a little extra leeway to those districts feeling a pinch. I think five is ample enough for us to deal with and plan accordingly three had been a little bit of a challenge, said Holser.

If and when they are added, the two additional calamity days wouldn't go into effect until the 2011-2012 school year. If the districts go over three days this year, students would be required to make them up at the end of the year.