The Massillon City School District will implement “Blizzard Bags” for the 2014 – 2015 school year. This program allows the district to use time out of the classroom due to emergency or weather related cancellations as traditional class days or equivalent hours. The Ohio Department of Education will allow the use of up to three additional calamity days or the equivalent hours in order to provide our students with learning opportunities that would otherwise be lost due to the abundance of inclement weather conditions. This will ensure that the school year will conclude as closely as possible to the day scheduled on the school calendar.
The Curriculum Department and district lead teachers will collaborate to develop three days of lessons and activities that allow our students to extend the learning happening in their classrooms at home via the Internet or paper/pencil copies. These lessons will be posted in the “Blizzard Bag” link on the district website. The district will utilize the “Blizzard Bag” Policy on the first calamity day and each day after. The district will notify our parents and students that a cancelled day of instruction is indeed a “Blizzard Day” using the Home Messaging System.
Students with Internet access will be able to go online to retrieve the assignments for the day. In order to be completed, these assignments can either be printed or the students’ answers can be recorded on notebook paper and submitted. For students without access to the Internet, paper copies of the “Blizzard Bag” assignments will be distributed to the students prior to the first calamity day. Parents and students will need to keep these assignments in a safe place so that they can be accessed on any particular “Blizzard Bag” day. In the case of mass power outages, the assignments will be retrievable upon returning to school, and students will have two weeks to complete these assignments.
These assignments are mandatory. If a student has not turned in their “Blizzard Bag” assignments within two weeks of the “Blizzard Bag” day, then the student will be counted absent and will receive an incomplete or failing grade on the assignment. Day 1 begins on the first day that school resumes after a cancellation
Blizzard bags may only be used when it is necessary to close the school because of:
- Disease epidemic;
- Hazardous weather conditions;
- Law enforcement emergencies;
- Inoperability of school buses or other equipment necessary to the school's operation;
- Damage to a school building; or
- Other temporary circumstances due to utility failure rendering the school building unfit for school use.