Washington D.C. has shut down, thousands of flights have been canceled, and a number of states have declared a state of emergency in the wake of this brutal storm. Yet, New York City's public school kids are going to school today. In keeping with its tradition of being stingy with snow days, the New York City Department of Education, decided to keep its schools open in spite of storm which is supposed to bring at least 10" of snow into the city:
Chancellor Fariña announces schools are open tomorrow, all field trips cancelled http://t.co/nR1pGrdiYP— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) February 13, 2014
Mind you, lots of people are either working from home or, as is the case in Washington D.C., only emergency workers and people with very important jobs are going into the office. Calling a snow day in the face of this winter hell beast would be forgiven. But the Chancellor didn't, and there's no changing officials' minds (yet).
One of the most cathartic things I found while working from home this morning is living vicariously through angry New York City kids who have to go to school today. Some were blunt:
Other were more blunt:
bitch. @NYCSchools— ℐenn was here... (@JennIsLovex3) February 13, 2014
Okay, fine, all of them were blunt and fuming:
@NYCSchools Are you tryna fight ..— My Key (@oohitsmikey) February 13, 2014
@NYCSchools THIS IS WHY NO ONE LIKES YOU FUCKING PIECES OF SHIT I CANT BELIEVE THIS BULLSHIT— tashie (@chereharry) February 13, 2014
What isn't going to make these kids' happier is knowing that their private school counterparts don't have to go to school either. Private schools usually take the lead from the Chancellor and public schools as to whether or not they'll stay open. This time they split from the status quo:
NYC private schools usually follow NYC public schools on closings. Today, a decoupling -- public schools open; Trinity, Dalton, etc. closed.— Peter Lattman (@peterlattman) February 13, 2014
There's also a bigger issue here, and actually a worthwhile argument that goes above kids complaining. Since getting to school might be such an effort and may be dangerous (icy roads and all), lots of kids stay home anyway. And that might mean that those kids will be getting behind in school work. The Atlantic cited a Harvard study just the other day that snow days don't really hurt student achievement.
Since 1978, NYC public schools have only shut down nine times due to the weather. The ninth occurrence happened in January when the first blizzard of the New Year struck. Before then schools were closed in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy ripped through the city.