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February 3, 2014 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Blizzard bags are in vogue! The Bridgeport Board of Education is the latest local school district to sign off on the online education source. Blizzard bags became popular courtesy of this winter's school-cancelling weather. With calamity days piling up and school calendars facing major reconstruction, school districts are using creativity and practicality to avoid a monstrous make-up schedule. Blizzard bags have been around for years but not really needed until this winter. Bridgeport has missed nine days due to the weather. Other Eastern Ohio school districts are dealing with similar amounts. Thus, blizzard bags have become trendy. Blizzard bags refer to schoolwork that is accessed online and printed. Students complete their work at home and turn it in when school resumes. The blizzard bags count as a day in school, so students and staff will not have to make the days up. Such an instructional tool can save a district of three makeup days. Toss in the five days allotted by the state, school districts can get off easy by just some small tweaking of their respective calendars. Gov. John Kasich is asking state lawmakers for more calamity days for schools this academic year. There is no guarantee such relief will be forthcoming. If not, blizzard bags will prove a huge ally to Ohio's school districts. Hopefully, blizzard bags do not become an annual winter addition to our schools' curriculum, but this year we give Eastern Ohio school officials an A plus for utilizing them. We must not forget, we still have six more weeks of winter; more calamity days may be on the way.
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