COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich has signed into law legislation granting winter-weary school districts a few extra excused days.
The move came during a formal bill signing in the governor's ceremonial offices at the Statehouse.
"There's a lot of schools that have spent a lot of time missing school, which gives you some extra days," Kasich told fourth- and fifth-graders on hand for the occasion. He added, jokingly, "The other reason why I would sign it: I don't want thousands of 7-, 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds marching on my house because you're upset with me."
With the governor's signature, the snow days legislation became law, thanks to an emergency clause attached by lawmakers.
Earlier this month, the Ohio House and Senate gave their approvals to a compromise plan providing four additional calamity days, once districts have used their initial five already outlined in state law and four contingency days they planned at the start of the school year.
The latter could mean scheduling makeup days on holidays or Saturdays, sending "blizzard bags" home with students so they can complete lessons outside of school or adding time onto planned school days.
Schools will be allowed to make up days by adding half-hour increments to scheduled sessions, and seniors will be excused from extra days planned after graduation ceremonies.
Lawmakers removed language requiring additional in-service training days for teachers.