Niles Schools may shorten break

NILES – Students in Niles may see their spring break shortened by two days, the school board has announced.

Niles, like other school districts in Trumbull County, has gone beyond its five allotted calamity days due to extreme winter weather this year. As a result, they are left to make up five of the 10 days they have utilized.

Three “blizzard bag” days, an alternative make-up plan, have been used, leaving the district to make up the remaining two.

Niles still is waiting to see if the Ohio legislature will enact legislation to extend the number of calamity days beyond five, but until then, the district plans to use April 14 and 15 during spring break week as make-up days. If the legislation passes, students will not be required to make up those days.

State senator Peggy Lehner, chair of the Senate Education Committee, has said she expects the issue to be resolved by the end of next week, according to Columbus media outlets.

April 16 and 17 and June 6 also are designated calamity make-up days for Niles if more calamity days are used.