Snowy days have canceled at New York City public schools, and students are now expected to continue attending classes at home.
Schools and similar institutions are close on snowy days when there is heavy snow or other severe weather.
Officials say students successfully managed distance learning during the suspension period, and rest days will not last during the new school year.
However, many were disappointed by the decision.
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Before the Covid pandemic, snow days were popular and seen as a special childhood experience.
They do not occur often in New York City – Mayor Bill de Blasio only declared seven during his first five years in office, according to the New York Times.
The New York City Board of Education (NYCDOE), which manages the nation’s largest college district, announced calendar changes for the 2021-2022 school year. Although it is unclear whether the change is permanent, it is the continuation of the city’s September snow-stopping day, with most students attending school remotely because of the pandemic.
The Department of Education says the new policy is design to allow the city to meet the 180-day school attendance requirement.
“We are sad that we haven’t had snow in a year,” New York City Department of Health spokesperson Daniel told CNN.
He added; “But we have to comply with the national mandate and we can use investment technology during the pandemic so that our students can receive the training days required by the government.
Many frustrated students, parents and social media teachers remember snowballs and sleep.
“Going back to epidemic life, giving up one of the greatest pleasures of childhood seems almost cruel,” wrote Michelle Goldberg, a columnist for the New York Times opinion.
Others point out that while snowy days often put more pressure on families to find caregivers at the last minute, it is equally difficult to suddenly move home to study.