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Kasich signs calamity days bill

Kasich signs calamity days bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill giving Ohio schools four extra calamity days.

Kasich was surrounded Wednesday by fifth-grade students from Amanda Gurney's class at Stingel Elementary School in Ontario, Ohio. He received letters in support of the measure from some of the students.

"We learned about the government, we understand how a bill becomes a law, let's take this opportunity to write to the governor," said Gurney.

Kasich gave a pen used to sign the bill to each student in the class and even let Gurney dot the "i" in his name.

"I'm not a huge sports fan. I love politics. That was my sports moment to dot the 'i.' I loved it!"

Fourth graders from Upper Arlington were also on-hand as the governor signed the bill.

Snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures led many districts to exhaust the school year's five allowable calamity days, in which schools can close without making up the lost instructional time. The bill lets districts use the additional calamity days only after holding school on four other scheduled days off, such as holidays or during vacations.

Districts can continue to make up missed days through 30-minute increments tacked onto regularly scheduled days. They also have the option of using work-at-home "blizzard bags" and online lessons.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

 

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