NYC DOE will not have any snow days this academic year

We hate to tell you, kids.

Written by
Danielle Valente
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Sorry little ones: We hate to tell you this, but snow days are off the table this year, regardless of the weather.

The state Department of Education guidelines require that NYC schools opt for remote learning when storms prevent students from coming into the buildings. This will ensure that the city meets the requirement for 180 days of instruction.

If you take a look at the NYC School calendar for 2020-2021, you'll also notice that typical days off, like Election Day, are now remote learning days. Since the NYC DOE delayed the start of the year to Sept 21—after pushback and the threat of a teachers' strike—these actions will keep the city on track with its requirements. 

We know you probably have youngsters pouting at home, but not to worry: There will still be plenty of time to enjoy winter activities and take advantage of NYC's best sledding hills, should we get snow at all. No matter the circumstance, we think hot chocolate is always a good idea when the temperature drops. 

But, for the time being, don't forget to take advantage of fun fall activities for kids in NYC. Most seasonal festivities are still on, with safety modifications, of course.

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