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Is school open tomorrow? NYC DOE reveals the Thursday plan

Here's what the mayor says.

Written by
Danielle Valente

One thing's for sure: Snow days are off the table in NYC this year. 

After a delayed start to the 2020-2021 term, NYC schools are now required to spend "snow days" learning remotely. This will ensure that the requirement for 180 days of instruction is fulfilled. (We know, it's a bummer.) 

Although kiddos will still be studying hard while the snowflakes fall, they do not have to report to buildings tomorrow. Those who are participating in hybrid learning will be learning remotely. Additionally, Meal Hubs will be closed according to the DOE. 

Meanwhile, the debate is on whether or not students will attend school if NYC faces a second shutdown. Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to keep schools open, but ultimately it will be the state's call. 

"Right now we're seeing extraordinary success in keeping our schools safe. I want to keep them open," he said during a Dec 15 press conference. "If we do have a pause that will be a decision the state makes, as I said, that could be as soon as right after Christmas, but the schools with all the layer upon layer of health and safety measures with this gold standard of health protections that we've put in place, schools can effectively keep serving kids and kids need it."

However, Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers is against such a move: "If the coronavirus infection rate rises to the point that a citywide 'shelter in place' is necessary, keeping school buildings open would be irresponsible," he said in a statement. 

It's certainly a tricky time for students—and all of NYC. Stay safe, keep warm and curl up with a few Christmas movies...or visit a sledding hill if you're feeling inclined! 

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