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Friday, May 7, 2021

NYC’s winter plans: Why are 26 school days lost this year?

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This week, about a quarter of the city’s schools will close for winter break. In November 2016, 23 schools closed. In March 2015, about a quarter closed.

Some school, or groups of schools, close for all or part of the year during bad weather, but it is unusual for the number to reach this high.

The number of closings is not ideal, but most New York parents had no idea.

“It’s mind-boggling to me that the DOE feels forced to announce this so close to the beginning of the school year,” said Dolly Schwartz, a parent. “I think it’s critical that school days are scheduled correctly and at the same time, and the DOE would be wiser to leave parents in the dark and let the weather allow for a more sensible schedule to be set.”

“They should give us a heads up,” said Missy Burkart, who has two children in public schools.

I hate it! It’s awful. My child does get a break from school, but sometimes they stay closed longer than we have to because of snow. Then they’re ready to go the next day, and then they’re out again. And it’s like ‘you know, it was a really bad day and we didn’t want to give parents time to get their things together.’ I think the weather would affect schools too, so why can’t it be staggered? I really do not understand why this kind of announcements has to come so late in the season. It would be nice if the snow on the ground didn’t hold us back.

The snow, flakes and sleet, they don’t go away. The teachers and students need their break. And why can’t they give us a heads up, the parents, or an email?

“I think they should come to parents with the information first,” said Nicole Cremona, who has two children in public schools. “I really don’t understand why schools have to close.”

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