Now think of it as 'snow hours'

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COLUMBUS -- It's true, snow 'days' are history. Ohio has now switched to an hour based schedule instead of required days in school. Instead of making up missed days, schools will have to make up missed hours.

Under the new system, a typical school has well over the minimum hours, so they could have 20 days worth of hours banked. This means having less time to make up if school is delayed or cancelled.

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School districts believe it will mean more flexibility with their days. In Cleveland, it means the district will have six days when parents go to school, not their kids. Parents will be able to go to school to visit their child's teachers in Cleveland six times this year. The district adjusted teacher schedules so it was convenient for parents.

Below is the information the Ohio Department of Education is giving to schools and parents:

Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, minimum hours of instruction replace the long standing calendar of school days for traditional school districts, joint vocational school districts and chartered nonpublic schools.
What are minimum hours?
School districts, joint vocational school districts and chartered nonpublic schools must be open for instruction for a minimum of:
• 455 hours for students in half-day kindergarten;
• 910 hours for students in full-day kindergarten through Grade 6; and
• 1,001 hours for students in Grades 7-12
Community schools must be open for instruction for at least 920 hours per year. This does not represent a change.
The change from days to hours does not apply to collective bargaining agreements executed prior to July 1, 2014. These districts remain subject to current requirements on the number of days in a school year, including calamity days.

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