An Ohio proposal would let high school seniors be excused from certain school days their district must make up because of weather-related closures.
Under the Senate bill, districts could let seniors skip the make-up days if they are slated to occur after their scheduled graduation ceremonies. The bill, which was introduced last week, would only apply to the current school year.
Many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, meaning they have to extend the school year with makeup days.
What could be the biggest snow storm to hit Ohio this season is on the way later this afternoon and early Wednesday.
Forecasters say most of the state could end up with another 6 to 10 inches of snow on the ground by the time it's all over. The heaviest snow is expected to be between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday - meaning that the morning rush hour likely will be a big mess.
A winter storm warning will be in effect for nearly all of the state through Wednesday morning.
Republican state Reps. Tony Burkley and Brian Hill have introduced a plan to add four calamity days this year following a call from Gov. Kasich who said many schools have exhausted their five allowable days off for snow or bad weather, or soon will.
John Charlton at the Ohio Department of Education explains the Governor thinks many schools are going to exhaust the five calamity days now currently allowed by law. And Charlton says the hope is the extra calamity days will make it safer for school children.
With temperatures running dangerously low, workers from local shelters are working overtime to get people in off the streets. While hundreds in the Dayton area are experiencing homelessness, most have found a way to be inside.
The gym at the Salvation Army in downtown Springfield has been turned into a temporary warming center.
“If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out,” said a man who goes only by Dave. He was squatting at an empty house, and made plans to come to the warming center after he read the forecast in the paper.