Olentangy will again use online lessons to make up for lost instruction when schools are closed due to a calamity day. The state provides districts up to five calamity days that do not have to be made up. If schools are closed for more than five days, the additional days must be made up.
While the traditional method has been to add school days to the calendar in the spring, Olentangy students will be able to avoid this by utilizing online lessons. Olentangy teachers prepare, and regularly update, three days worth of online lessons for students. If school is cancelled for a sixth day, the first set of lessons will be released to students electronically via the school website. The same would happen on the seventh and eighth calamity days of a school year.
We received feedback following last year’s online lessons and have improved the process. Below are additional details about the 2014-15 calamity day plan.
The Content of the Lesson Plans:
The content of these online lessons may be an introduction to an upcoming topic, enrichment exercises, or an extension of current classroom lessons.
Families will be directed to download the appropriate online assignments from the district’s website at www.olentangy.k12.oh.us
Due Date for the Online Lessons:
Upon returning to school, students will have two weeks to complete the lessons. Students without access to the Internet will have the opportunity to complete the lessons before, during, or after school.
The Grading of Assignments:
Olentangy teachers will grade the online lessons in the same manner as other classroom lessons. Students who do not complete the online lessons will be counted as absent for the respective calamity day.