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Calamity Day Resolution
Date:  3/31/2017
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RESOLUTION ADOPTING A CALAMITY DAY ALTERNATIVE MAKE-UP PLAN

WHEREAS, the ____________________ board of education desires that students have learning opportunities even when schools are closed for any of the reasons specified in section 3313.482 of the Ohio Revised Code; and
WHEREAS, section 3313.482 authorizes a board of education to adopt a by August 1 of each year to provide online learning opportunities for students in lieu of attendance on such days of closure;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT, AND IT IS, HEREBY RESOLVED that the __________________ board of education hereby approves the following plan.
PLAN FOR ALTERNATIVE MAKE-UP OF CALAMITY DAYS
Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code section 3313.482, the board of education of _______________________ hereby authorizes the following plan to allow students of the district to access and complete classroom lessons in order to fulfill up to a maximum of the number of hours that are the equivalent of three school days because of the closing of schools for any of the reasons specified in section 3313.482.
1) This plan is adopted, pursuant to approval of the board of education, prior to August 1.
2) This plan includes the written consent of the teachers’ employee representative as designated under division (B) of section 4117.04. Such consent is on file in the official file of the board of education and is hereby incorporated into this plan as if specifically rewritten.
3) Not later than November 1 of the 20__-20__ school year, 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 number of hours that are the equivalent of three school days in such teacher’s class.
4) The teacher shall designate the order in which the lessons are to be posted on the district’s web portal or web site.
5) (Optional) Teachers will be granted one professional development day after the teacher’s principal or supervisor certifies that lessons equal to approximately the number of hours that are the equivalent of three school days have been posted.
6) Teachers will update or replace such lessons as necessary throughout the school year based on the instructional progress of students.
7) As soon as practicable after an announced school closure authorized under section 3313.482, the appropriate administrator may direct staff to make the designated lessons available on the district’s portal or site. Each lesson shall be posted for each course that was scheduled to meet on the day of the school closing.
8) 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 an incomplete or failing grade unless a reason sufficient to the teacher is provided.
9) Students without access to a computer shall be permitted to complete the posted lessons at school after the reopening of school. Students utilizing this option will be granted two weeks from the date of reopening to complete such lessons. If the student does not complete the lesson within this time period, the student will receive an incomplete or failing grade unless a reason sufficient to the teacher is provided. The district will provide access to district computers before, during, or after the school day (provided that the equipment is available and accessible at those times) or may provide a substantially similar paper lesson in order for students to complete the assignments.
10) (Optional) The board of education hereby authorizes “blizzard bags,” which are paper copies of the lessons posted online. Teachers shall prepare paper copies approximating the content of the online lessons and shall update such paper copies when updating any of the online lessons. “Blizzard bags” shall be distributed to all students by not later than December 1 of the school year or such other date as may be selected by the superintendent. Students shall submit completed lessons to the teachers assigning such lessons not later than two weeks after the date of school closing for which the “blizzard bag” lessons are assigned.

In witness thereof, we hereby affix our signatures on this _______ day of __________________, 20__.

_____________________________ ______________________________
Treasurer President of the board of education

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