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Snow Days Under Fire as Ohio Schools Approach Long Weekends

HILLIARD (Rob Wells/Kate Liebers) -- While many central Ohio school districts scramble to make up for snow days, one district is still giving students a long weekend.

On Friday, the 15,000 students in the Hilliard City School district will begin a four-day weekend -- one day for a teacher-in-service session and another for Presidents' Day.

Alex Daugherty, a parent of two students in the district, said his family is ready for the break.

"To stay on track with the holidays, it's fine," Daugherty said. "They've made up for what they need to do for it," said Alex Daugherty, a parent of two students in the Hilliard City School district.

When asked how the district can justify the days off after the schools have taken so many calamity days, district spokesperson Amanda Morris said it was all about keeping the schedule.

"The schedule has been set for a long time," Morris said. "A lot of families have made plans for this weekend."

Hilliard officials said they have decided to make no changes to their yearly calendar despite using six calamity days.

"Making adjustments to the weekend isn't going to be the best solution for everyone, so we have to try and make the most of the situation we have," Morris said.

The district is using take-home assignments, known as blizzard bags, to make up for lost time. If completed within two weeks of a snow day, the blizzard bags offset time lost in class.

"As long as they're getting schooling and instruction, I don't see a problem with it," Daugherty said.

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