When bad weather hits this winter, students in a rural western Ohio school district will hit their home computers as part of an experiment.

With the Ohio Department of Education looking on, the Mississinawa Valley Schools in Darke County will try to replace days off for snow and other inclement weather with online learning.

Department officials say the test could help the state determine the future of calamity days.

School districts are allowed to declare only three this year, down from the previous five. Schools that go over must make up the days on scheduled days off or at the end of the school year.

Mississinawa Superintendent Lisa Wendel tells The Columbus Dispatch the experience in online education will help students in college, where those classes are more common.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com