BCS contingency plan adds one day to end of school year

Bellefontaine Chiefs

With the official start of spring just around the corner, the Bellefontaine Schools Board of Education approved at their Monday evening meeting a contingency plan that sets in place a make-up day following the harsh winter weather this year.

 According to the plan, the 2013-14 school year will be extended by one day, with Friday, May 30, now slated as the last day of school.

The make up day follows the district's use of 11 calamity days this school year, Superintendent Beth Harman said.

Five calamity days generally are allotted to schools by the state. However, this year's extreme weather prompted the Ohio House and Senate to pass a bill that will grant schools with four additional calamity days if the districts make up four days.

Bellefontaine City Schools already completed three of these make-up days by using "blizzard bags," where students take home assignments or complete assignments online. The fourth day will be made up May 30.

If needed, the district also will have two additional calamity days at its disposal this year if weather conditions or other circumstances warrant the closing of the schools.   

For additional Bellefontaine BOE news, see Tuesday's Examiner.