Mad River Local Schools Blizzard Bag Calamity Day Contingency Plan for 2020-21
The Superintendent is authorized to develop and implement a plan to require students to access and complete classroom lessons posted on the District's web portal or website in order to make up hours in that school year on which it is necessary to close school due to a calamity. The maximum number of hours that may be made up in this manner is the number of hours that are the equivalent to three (3) school days. The plan must include the written consent of the teachers' union, and address all of the requirements set forth in R.C. 3313.482. The plan may also include distribution of "blizzard bags," which are paper copies of the lessons posted online.
Prior to the first day of August of each school year, the board of education of any school district or the governing authority of any chartered nonpublic school may adopt a plan to require students to access and complete classroom lessons posted on the district's or nonpublic school's web portal or web site in order to make up hours in that school year on which it is necessary to close schools for disease epidemic, hazardous weather conditions, law enforcement emergencies, inoperability of school buses or other equipment necessary to the school's operation, damage to a school building, or other temporary circumstances due to utility failure rendering the school building unfit for school use.
In order to allow for flexibility in regards to calamity days while providing ongoing academic opportunities during calamity related events, Mad River Local Schools will utilize the following plan to allow for Blizzard Bags for the 2020-21 school year:
- Student assignments will be made available to all students and families through our website at: https://www.madriverschools.org/Page/2967
- Teachers will specify what specific assignments needs to be completed while the students engage in their Blizzard Bags during a given calamity day
- Teachers will be available during normal school hours on the calamity days Blizzard Bags are assigned through one of the following: email, Remind, or other electronic communication tools as communicated by individual teachers.
- Assignments must be returned within 10 school days of the calamity day for credit
By allowing for Blizzard Bags, Mad River Local Schools will have the ability to utilize up to 8 total calamity days for the 2020-21 school year. The district will determine which days will utilize Blizzard Bags based on the conditions related to the calamity. Calamity days are separate from mandated state and federal closures. In the event that the state or federal government declares a state of emergency and orders the closure of school for a given time period, the district will develop a contingency plan to deliver instruction to students at home through remote/distance learning.