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The Ohio House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a plan to increase calamity days.

Ohio law allows schools five calamity days a year before they must start adding days to the school year. Governor Kasich enacted legislation in 2011 increasing the number of calamity days from three to five. This proposed increase would be for the current school year only.

Most Northeast Ohio school districts have taken at least five snow or cold-weather days.

CMSD took its seventh on Tuesday, and Medina City Schools have used nine.

In other parts of Ohio, school districts are getting creative with their options, and considering extending school days, weekend classes and implementing blizzard bags.

Starting next year, schools will count instruction time in hours instead of days, eliminating the need for calamity days.

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