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Columbus uses “blizzard bags”

Columbus uses “blizzard bags”

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kids in the Columbus City Schools will have to make up three of their snow days, but most of them will be able to do it at home using those e-lessons known as “blizzard bags.”

Columbus was one many districts that exhausted their five allowable calamity days while dealing with snow, ice and extremely cold temperatures over the winter.

The district says it will use the online and take-home assignments to account for three days of canceled classes that it would have had to make up before lawmakers passed a measure to provide extra snow days this year and more flexibility for makeup work, including the use of the e-lessons.

District officials and the teachers’ union have finalized guidelines and systems for implementing a blizzard bag plan in which teachers prepare lessons for students to complete and turn back in within a certain amount of time for a grade.

District officials say students at Easthaven Elementary School and Briggs, Walnut Ridge and Whetstone high schools will have to go to class an extra day on May 30 to make up for the additional day they missed because of utility problems.

Lessons for high school students will be distributed and posted online on April 25 and must be turned in by May 9, district officials said in a statement released Wednesday.

Middle and elementary school students will be able to access their blizzard bags May 2 and have until May 16 to turn in their completed work.

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