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Coventry Board of Education moves forward on ‘blizzard bags

2/6/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

COVENTRY — During a special meeting Jan. 30, the Coventry Local Schools Board of Education voted in favor of seeking state approval for the use of “blizzard bags” to help students make up three calamity days used this winter.

Coventry Superintendent Russell Chaboudy said the board unanimously approved the idea. The district then sent the request to the state and was awaiting approval this week, he added.

Chaboudy said the district had already set its make-up days on Saturdays later this school year. He added the “blizzard bags” will be assignments to be completed at home that the students will find posted online the day before each of those scheduled make-up days, slated for April 26 and May 3 and 10. Students without computer access can receive hard copies of their assignments at school.

Students will have two weeks to complete the assignments, the superintendent said. He added the assignments are to take about five hours to complete.

According to officials at the Ohio Department of Education, a district can only use blizzard bags for calamity days after the state’s approval of the district’s plan. In a follow-up email from Chaboudy, he said the district is not going to make any decisions about how the plan will be carried out until he sees what happens in the Ohio General Assembly. House Bill 416, a proposal to allow districts to use up to four additional calamity days without making them up, is currently under consideration, according to the Ohio House of Representatives website.

This school year, the state originally allotted five calamity days for schools. Coventry used its eighth calamity day Feb. 5.

In other business, Chaboudy said the board set the next community meeting for Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Coventry High School, 3089 Manchester Road. There will be updates on the district’s building project, Chaboudy said.

The board will next meet Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at the former Lakeview Elementary School, which now houses the administrative offices, located at 2910 S. Main St.

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