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For school superintendents, principals and treasurers

7/2/2013

Reminder – plans for makeup of excess calamity days via online lessons due July 31

Schools in Ohio are permitted to use five calamity days for circumstances such as hazardous weather conditions, disease epidemic, damage to school building, inoperability of buses or other equipment necessary to the school's operation, or temporary conditions making the school building unfit, such as utility failure.

To make up calamity days in excess of five, schools have the option to use their contingency plans or use online lessons for up to three days. To use the online option, schools must submit a plan to ODE no later than July 31. For more information, including frequently asked questions and a link to Buckeye Association of School Administrators’ model resolution for use in obtaining local board and teacher sign-off on your district plan, click here.

Check the mail! Workers’ comp premium rebate checks are being issued

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is currently mailing rebate checks as part its A Billion Back plan, and expects to complete the process by mid-July. More than $42 million of those premium rebates will go to Ohio school districts.

The plan provides a one-time $1 billion rebate for private employers and public-taxing school districts with active, up-to date policies paying premiums into the State Insurance Fund.  Rebates will be equal to 56 percent of the annual premium payment for the 2011 policy period. The bureau suggests employers consider investing a portion of the rebate in safety measures that can prevent future workplace injuries, and ultimately lower workers’ compensation costs.

Details about the rebates and other components of the A Billion Back plan are available here.