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Frustrated parents and teachers spoke out about Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision not to close New York City public schools during a nor'easter.
Some even signed an online petition calling on the mayor to close schools. Despite receiving over 167,000 signatures, schools remained open Wednesday.
The mayor spoke at a news conference saying it was a tough decision to keep the schools open, but his administration interpreted the National Weather Service’s forecast to not have significant impacts on the city even though 5-10 inches of snow were predicted to fall.
However, teachers who commute to the city and live in areas that received greater impacts from the storm were critical of the mayor's decision.
According to a press release from the mayor's office, a decision to close city schools on days of inclement weather is made after consulting with at least four other city agencies.
The press release states, "The Chancellor or Deputy Chancellor of Operations will announce the Citywide decision to close schools (including the cancellation of after-school activities) on days of inclement weather or other Citywide emergency conditions after consultation with the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, the Weather Bureau, the City Sanitation Department, the City Transit Authority and other appropriate agencies."
?? UPDATE: NYC Public Schools will be OPEN tomorrow, Thursday, March 8, 2018.— NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) March 7, 2018
Fieldtrips, Afterschool, PSAL, Public Hearings and all other programs and activities will continue as planned. https://t.co/057eyu6O6R
@NYCMayor Please reconsider. The roads and streets are dangerously slippery. Why jeopardize the safety of our children and NYCDOE employees?!?!?!— COOKIE NYC (@cookienyc) March 7, 2018
Trying to hurt us?! Going in this bad weather is dangerous. I walk to school everyday and I can’t see properly cause of the snow. There shouldn’t be no school tomorrow since not many students/staff was at school today. We did nothing in class, so wats the point?— Kimberly J. (@Kimmie_Jayy) March 8, 2018
To get on the bus during the crazy weather a kid got thrown on the ground and people were pulling on each other .— Zzz (@ZBarakah) March 8, 2018
Why didn't you cancel schools today? Kids are probably trying their hardest not to fall and not to break bones. Its crazy out there. Cancel school tomorrow. Its for everybody sake. CANCEL IT FOR 1 DAY! OMG— COG Zoom (@ReverseZoom7k) March 7, 2018
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