No snow days for New York City public schools this year

Public schools in New York City won’t take any snow days during the upcoming academic calendar year, amid concerns about meeting the state’s 180-day instruction requirement.

If there is a need for a snow day this winter duet o inclement weather, in-person classes will be cancelled that day and everyone will learn remotely. Almost all of the city’s 1.1 million schoolchildren will already be doing some sort of remote learning during the 2020-2021 school year.

Normally, the New York City Department of Education builds at least one snow day into the academic calendar.

“As we reopen schools for this critical school year we are utilizing all of the lessons learned from remote schooling this spring to maximize our students’ instructional time. This includes providing remote instruction during both Election Day and snow days,” the department said in a statement Wednesday.

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that students will not start the new school year Sept. 10 as planned, to allow for additional preparation. Instruction begins remotely for all students Sept. 16, and they can return to physical classroom from Sept. 21 for a blended learning approach, which involves a mix of in-person and remote classes.

ABC News

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