BRIDGEPORT - With Mother Nature unleashing one of her coldest tirades in recent Ohio Valley memory over the last three weeks, schools have had to take extra measures to insure their students are getting the proper education.
In the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District, the board of education unanimously approved a resolution during a special meeting last week adopting a calamity day alternative makeup plan called Blizzard Bags, which are paper copies of the lessons and posted online.
"Blizzard bags have been around for several years as an option," Downing explained. "I've never been in favor of them because we'd rather have the kids in school. But, this winter has been so harsh and we've missed so many days."
He said the district has missed nine days, thus far.
"In House Bill 416 we're allowed five, but the state is granting four extra days," he added. "That goes to vote on February 11. That will get us back to even."
The resolution reads, whereas the Bridgeport Board of Education desires that students have learning opportunities even when schools are closed for any reasons specified in section 3317.01 of the Ohio Revised Code and in excess of the number of days authorized in section 3313.48; and whereas, section 3313.48 authorizes a board of education to file an annual plan with the Ohio Department of Education by August 1 of each year to provide online learning opportunities for students in lieu of attendance on such excess days.
According to Bridgeport's plan of action, no later than Monday, each classroom teacher shall develop a sufficient number of lessons for each course taught by that teacher with such lessons requiring, in the judgment of the teacher, an amount of time equal to or greater than the amount of instructional time the student would receive for up to three school days in such teacher's case.
The teacher shall designate the order in which the lessons are to be posted on the district's website or web portal. Teachers will update or replace such lessons as necessary throughout the school year based on the instructional progress of students.
"If a certain teacher has a 40-minute class, they have to put that much work on the website," he continued. "I realize that this is additional work for the teachers, but it does keep us from adding additional days at the end of the school year."
Each student enrolled in a course for which a lesson is posted shall be granted a two-week period from the date of posting to complete the lesson. If the student does not complete the lesson within this time period, the student will receive:
Students K-12 without internet access will be given hard copies to complete upon return to school.
The district's website is www.bevs.k12.oh.us
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