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Superstorm Sandy Closes Schools in Northeast Ohio

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More than 400 schools mostly in northeast Ohio are closed today in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

All Cleveland and Akron public schools (except for one specialized high school in Akron) will be closed today. Other closed districts include Avon Lake, Bedford, Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools and Solon. Constellation and Like Skills charter schools in Cuyahoga county are also among the closed schools. WKYC has a comprehensive list.

That means that some online school students scheduled to take the Ohio Graduation Tests today will have to make them up.

Last year, state lawmakers increased the number of days schools can be closed for ”calamities” – like snow storms and hurricanes — from three to five. Schools don’t have make to makeup days missed due to calamities.

In higher education news, Kent State University canceled day classes. The University of Akron is open for business and learning today and says all campus buildings have power and are free of flooding. But the University of Akron has faced questions about its decision to remain open.

School officials respond:

We serve a different clientele than our colleagues in elementary and secondary education. Our students and employees are adults. They are capable of preparing themselves for inclement weather and for deciding if weather conditions and their own personal circumstances warrant altering their schedules because of the weather.

Second, we offer a service for which its students pay directly. If we close, we temporarily deny that service to students – including the many who live on or near campus. So, if our observations and consultations indicate that conditions do not present an undue threat to the campus community, we are obliged to provide the service that we have promised to our students. In other words, our job is to keep the University open.

 

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