Waiver days option for schools

Due to bad weather, some area schools are turning to alternative waiver days to make up time missed.

Mohawk Local Schools has used six calamity days, one more than allotted by the state. Superintendent Ken Ratliff said the district is to make up that day Monday.

That day is to be considered a waiver day by the Ohio Department of Education.

According to the ODE website, “per Ohio law, a school year calendar must consist of at least 182 days. Two of these days may be used for professional development and two may be used for parent/teacher conferences.”

A waiver day can be applied for through ODE. Ratliff said the district applied for its scheduled waiver day on Jan. 24, to be moved to Monday.

The day is to be used for professional development for the district’s teachers and any additional training they may need to fit with the district’s ongoing requirements, Ratliff said.

Any additional days Mohawk would need would begin Feb. 17, then from there

during spring break in April.

Hopewell-Loudon Local Schools has used its four waiver days for the year, including one last Friday.

Superintendent Nichole Jiran said the staff training was well received.

“Those days helped us in improving instruction,” Jiran said. “I greatly appreciate having the use of those days.”