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House of Reps. approve more calamity days now awaiting the Senate vote

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    The Ohio House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a plan to excuse schools from rescheduling up to four days of classes canceled due to extreme winter weather. Schools have five calamity daysMore >>

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COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) -

The House of Representatives in Columbus passed House Bill 416 to add two more calamity days and two teacher in-service days for the 2013-14 school year.  Now the bill awaits the approval of the Senate before it becomes official.

Children in Medina kept their fingers crossed as legislators worked to figure out how not to extend the school year. 
Medina City Schools leads Ohio with nine calamity days, four more than what's allowed. 
Medina City Schools are just starting to thaw out of a brutal winter and taking nine calamity days. 
In Ohio, schools are only allowed five but many have taken up to seven.
"We just have to do it. If we have to make up days, we make up days," says Dave Knight the superintendent of Medina City Schools. 
Frigid temperatures and snow coupled with a water shortage closed things down. 

Calling off school isn't an easy decision. 
"It's huge. It's huge for every superintendent.  It's our job to deal with whatever comes our way and foremost any decision is the safe path to take when we are concerning the welfare of children," explains Superintendent Knight.

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