2014-2015 Calamity Days

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, districts that change to an hour-based schedule will no longer have calamity days. Instead, schools may schedule “excess” hours above the minimum number. Hours missed above the minimum do not have to be made up. However, if a school closes enough that it will fall below the minimum number of hours, the school must extend its scheduled year. For example:

  • High School A is scheduled to be open for instruction for 1,001 hours, the minimum required with no excess hours.
    • During the winter, bad weather forces the school to close for 32 hours.
    • High School A would be required be required to make up the 32 hours of instruction.
  • High School B is scheduled to be open for instruction for 1,040 hours, giving the school 39 excess hours, or hours above the minimum.
    • During the winter, bad weather forces the school to close for 32 hours.
    • High School B is not required to make up the 32 hours of instruction that were missed. It still has 7 excess hours remaining for the year.

One way to make up the hours missed below the minimum required is to use blizzard bags. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, schools will submit plans explaining how they will make up the missed hours, instead of days, up to the equivalent of three scheduled days. There are no other changes to blizzard bags. Blizzard bags may only be used when it is necessary to close the school because of:

  • 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.

Last Modified: 3/18/2014 3:12:28 PM