Last summer, Ohio passed legislation that allows school compliance to be based on hours in the classroom rather than days completed. Currently, each public school district is required to schedule 182 days of instruction and are allowed 5 snow or calamity days without penalty.
Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, schools will be able to use a system that requires grades 7-12 to complete 1,001 hours and K-6 to complete 910. Those figures calculate to 182 days at 5 1/2 hours per day. Many districts have longer school days than 5 1/2 hours, so the ability to count those access hours towards school closings could mean that some schools see the equivalent of 10-15 extra calamity days.