Calamity Day Policy

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.

Communication:

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.

2015 Graduation Day Set for Sunday, May 17

The Olentangy Local School District’s 2014-2015 Graduation Day will be held SUNDAY, May 17, 2015 at the Ohio Expo Center. Orange High School seniors will graduate at 10 a.m.  Olentangy High School seniors will graduate at 2 p.m. and Liberty High School’s graduation will take place at 6 p.m. The move to Sunday is necessary to eliminate scheduling conflicts with extracurricular activities taking place that weekend.

Change in Spring Break Dates for 2015

The Olentangy Local School District’s originally scheduled spring break dates for 2015 have been changed from March 16-20 to March 30-April 3 due to state graduation testing.

The change was made by the Olentangy Board of Education during its April 10 meeting and was necessitated by a state decision to maintain the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in 2015. The state had originally advised that a new graduation test was to be developed for 2015 and that it would be administered closer to the end of the school year. However, because of disagreements among lawmakers and the Ohio Department of Education, the new test has yet to be developed. As a result, the Ohio Department of Education has recently advised that it will continue to use the current OGT test during the same testing period, which will be March 16-20. The test involves every sophomore as well as any junior or senior who still needs to pass the test or a portion of it.

In order to provide high school students with time to prepare for the test, Olentangy’s BOE determined that it is in the best interest of the students to move spring break to the same week as this year, which will be March 30- April 3. The change was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Along with the OGT, Olentangy will administer Terra Nova tests to the appropriate elementary and middle school grades during the week of March 16-20, 2015.

Due to the change in spring break dates, the last day of school in 2015 has been moved from Friday, May 22 to Thursday, May 21.

First All-Olentangy Writing Competition Set For This Spring

60Olentangy students are invited to participate in the first Inklings Writing Competition this spring. Interested students in grades 3-8 can submit original writing pieces (fiction, non-fiction and/or poetry) to their school’s gifted intervention specialist by Thursday, April 17th. Winners and other finalists will be recognized at the Inklings Awards Ceremony at Shanahan on May 4th at 6:30 p.m. For more information, check out the IWC flier. The Inklings Writing Competition is an opportunity for Olentangy students to be recognized for their writing ability and to publish for an authentic audience. Winning entries will be published in a collection and distributed.

Calamity Day 6 Assignments

Calamity Day 6 Blizzard Bag assignments can be found here.

We would like to clarify the reason that Olentangy is using the calamity day system, as opposed to hours of instruction: The state law giving school districts the ability to switch to an hour-based system and eliminate calamity days does not apply to districts that had a multi-year negotiated agreement in place prior to July 1, 2014, when the law was passed. Olentangy’s current bargaining agreement was executed in the spring of 2012 and runs through June of 2016. Therefore, state law directs districts that are in a current bargaining agreement, such as Olentangy, to follow the requirements outlined in their current negotiated agreement regarding the number of days in a school year, including calamity days.

 

Why Olentangy Uses Calamity Days

We would like to clarify the reason that Olentangy is using the calamity day system, as opposed to hours of instruction: The state law giving school districts the ability to switch to an hour-based system and eliminate calamity days does not apply to districts that had a multi-year negotiated agreement in place prior to July 1, 2014, when the law was passed. Olentangy’s current bargaining agreement was executed in the spring of 2012 and runs through June of 2016. Therefore, state law directs districts that are in a current bargaining agreement, such as Olentangy, to follow the requirements outlined in their current negotiated agreement regarding the number of days in a school year, including calamity days.

Calamity Day Update

The February 19 closure marks the Olentangy Local School District’s fifth calamity day of this school year. As a reminder, should the district use more than five calamity days, students will be required to complete online Blizzard Bag assignments beginning with the sixth calamity day. Should it become necessary, students should follow these directions to access the online assignments.