By Carol Tannenhauser
Two words when combined have long elicited cries of ecstasy from Upper West Side schoolchildren (if not always their parents): “Snow Day!”
Snow days were days of sleeping late, bundling up, then heading out to the park to sleigh ride, build snow people, or push a giant snowball. Snow days were days of play.
“Sorry, kids, there are technically no more snow days,” said NYC School Chancellor David C. Banks, in an interview on Fox News on Tuesday, laughing as the newscasters squealed in dismay. Then he added a chilling addendum, “It’s gonna be good for you!” He explained that children would continue to learn by engaging in remote instruction when public schools were closed for bad weather.
“That sounds very un-fun,” said a local first grader. “When will I get to wear my pink snowsuit?”
“Our cousins will be so sad,” said her older sister. “We love going to the park to sled since we go to different schools. We get to play when it’s a snow day.”
Even their mother was against the new decree. “Seems like a lose-lose for families. Parents still have to stay home or find coverage, and now can’t even have fun with their kids in the snow!”
“New York State law mandates that students must attend class 180 out of 365 days, which means the switch to a digital alternative to canceling school altogether allows schools to meet the mandate,” amny explained.